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Yet more on heter, shmetter

Another addendum According to the JPost, a group of religious Orthodox rabbis affiliated with the group Tzohar, a group working for coexistence with secular Israelis (a mighty good idea; we’ll see if they’re any better than the other lot), announced…

Rubashkin Arrest

Just in case anyone missed it, it seems that Moshe and Sholom Rubashkin were arrested last week, believe it or not, NOT for violations at their AgriProcessors slaughterhouses, but after being indicted by a federal grand jury on charges stemming…

Welcome to America!

OK, well not so much, really. Apparently the Bobov sect has been commanded by a rabbinical court to hold elections to decide who their next rebbe will be. Interestingly, single yeshiva students are not permitted to vote (and I’m assuming,…

Heter, shmetter

A recent essay in the JPost by Isi Leibler writes how the Orthodox in Israel have become triumphalist and how the voices of moderation have become extremely eroded, to the point where decisions made by halachic greats a generation or…

Tiyul it up

This is so unpolitical, so unprogressive, so unreligious, so goshdarned secularly luxuriant and indulgent that I am almost ashamed. But that’s what you guys keep me around for right? The shameless product promotion and the random culture tips. Okay, so…

Iftar Ba-Sukkah

Once in a (half) lifetime opportunity! Midwest Jews! Help bring Chicago’s Muslim and Jewish communities together as we host our fellow descendants of Abraham for an evening of what both traditions do best: eating, prayer and schmoozing. Our Muslim brothers…

HaSukkah-Rya

To paraphrase someone who commented on this article on Ha’aretz’s website: with all of the poverty and other assorted tzuris in Jerusalem, this is what the municipality is spending its money on?! Jerusalem municipality to erect sukkah made entirely of…