Reply to: Modern Orthodoxy At A Crossroads
15 hours 5 min ago
It is noteworthy that so many have missed the forest for the trees in this essay. It is, as I read it, a defense of pluralism within *modern* orthodoxy. Indeed, the subtext might be *modern* orthodoxy circa 1970s versus today. Any older reader 45+ will surely recognize the changes that distinguish that period from the present. Indeed, the great challenges -- seen at the educational and organizational levels -- will not be cured by simply watching orthodoxy grow and preferring inaction. Centrist institutions will fail, or be significantly harmed; drop-out rates will rise; and orthopraxy will mask questions of basic belief in the pursuit of just wanting to fit in -- but will weaken the transmission from generation to generation. So these issues should be discussed, and considered, and not summarily dismissed -- in my opinion.
Reply to: Kellner Case Dismissed
15 hours 43 min ago
Justice? Kellner was abused by the DA and his own community. They should all be ashamed.
The community needs to do teshuvah. And the DA's office must correct any wrongs, including investigating/punishing Hynes.
Reply to: Doing It The AIPAC Way
15 hours 58 min ago
"His job is to keep Israel safe." That is absolutely Bibi's job. However, does the status quo ensure Israel's long term safety? Demographically, politically, militarily, ethically, many agree the answer is no. Progress can't be made by doing nothing.
This reminds me of the GOP's mentality of stifle and subvert the opposition not because it is best for the country and the world, but simply so that they can hold onto their small piece of the pie until the next election.
Reply to: Haredi Jews Rally In N.Y. Against Israeli Draft Proposal
17 hours 19 min ago
A few months ago I found my great grandfather's discharge papers from the Tsar's army in Russia. My great grandfather Rabbi served in the army of the Tsar because evading conscription was not an option. In doing so he fought for the Russian oligarchy which repressed him and in a minor way, his village.
Today's Haredim can opt to provide national service, which entails serving in hospitals, or education, or other forms of non-military service as an alternative. These options are aligned with "maasim tovim", "mitzvot" and Judaic values. They can also choose to serve and protect their families and the country they live in, Israel, more directly. Instead, they opt to demonstrate against doing either. This shows how Haredi Jews have become disconnected over the decades from some of the core values of Judaism as applied to daily life. One life saved in a hospital, one child helped to develop to their full potential, those could be the salvation of the country which they reside in.
Reply to: Students Say It's Dangerous To Ignore The Green Line
18 hours 34 min ago
Fatah central committee member Abbas Zaki was quoted recently as having said, more than once (in Arabic of course), that any peace ageement pushing Israel back to pre-'67 borders, the so-called "Green Line", is only the "first stage" in bringing about Israel's demise - their ultimate goal. I had always believed a peace agreement is in Israel's best interests because a two-state solution would maintain its status as a Jewish State, but I no longer hold that view. Israel can never withdraw to the so-called Green Line, because it lacks a trustworthy peace partner.