Tagged with politics

The Yamim Nora’im of Nisan

Question: At what time of the year is it proper and appropriate for us to pray that we have a decent government? On Rosh Hodesh Nisan, which is the New Year’s day for Jewish kings? Answer: According to our sages, three times a day on weekdays, and that’s the message of some of the blessings … Continue reading

Another Modern-Day Purim Tragedy

Another Modern-Day Purim Tragedy

Continuing with the idea of the relevance of Rupture and Reconstruction 20 years later, some years ago I wrote about this, which discusses phenomena symptomatic of our modern proclivities to monstrous stringency. Every year has its novelty. The incidental differences in halachic practice that developed in the Diaspora were inevitable; the question before us today … Continue reading

Rupture and Reconstruction Two Decades Later

Rupture and Reconstruction Two Decades Later

Someone advertised the following as the topics for a recent halachic lecture: My Sephardi friend won’t go with me to the restaurant, even with a good hechsher. He said it’s only for Ashkenazim. Is there a real halachic problem, or is it discrimination? Can a Sephardi buy Shwarma if a non-Jew is behind the counter? … Continue reading

The Bright Ideological Future

A Historical Joke by Rabbi Amichai Gordin, Yeshivat Har Etzion and Shaalvim High School At the end of the Six Day War, Ephraim Kishon and Katriel Gorodish (using his regular penname “Dosh”) published a book of cartoons and satire. The last cartoon in the book, which is called “Excuse Us for Winning,” was a very … Continue reading

Q&A: Heretical Movements?

Question: How do you know when a new movement, I guess within Judaism, is moving beyond mainstream Judaism, to the outside? Answer: There is no way for me to know such a thing, nor is there a way for anyone, for that matter, to know. Even Maimonides, when defining the assorted heresies of the Christians, … Continue reading