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Feeling the Hate in New York

Max Blumenthal visited this past weekend’s intensely noxious Israel rally organized by far-right and religious nationalist Jewish orgs in New York. Cheers and accusations of “Obama is a Muslim” and a non-citizen, that Rahm Emmanuel is a “self-hater” and others…

Schachter: Better to die than to believe in God

Well, I agreed with Hershel Schachter, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva University, last week, but unsurprisingly, this didn’t last long. Cross-Currents reports that, at this week’s Rabbinical Council of America convention, Schachter taught a class on why women could not be…

The Independent Minyan Conference II

In the final session of the Independent Minyan Conference Shai Held (philosopher in chief of Mechon/Kehilat/Yeshivat Hadar, the sponsor/organizer of said conference) gave a rousing defense of a Torah which was imbued with service and was at its core egalitarian—and…

We Have Arrived.

I just wanted to share with the entire world that I am reading a Yiddish novel from 1868. In its Hakdoma, there is a reference to the heroism and cruelty of the Haitian Revolution. The Haitian Revolution, which established Haiti…