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  • Reply to: Open Hillel Holds First Conference At Harvard   12 hours 7 min ago

    Does freedom of speech extend to speakers and audience participants who present pro Israel views or will they be heckled and silenced and forced out of the room?

  • Reply to: For Converts, ‘Rely On Me’ Is A Dangerous Message   14 hours 24 min ago

    In the banking world everyone with access to the money must leave their position for a brief while, and have another sit in their place. This assures that others have a look at what is going on.
    The same should be in all situations where people of athority can control their underlings.

    youth education
    nursing homes
    mental institutions
    after school activities etc.

    it works for our money
    lets protect our childern and citizens.
    i would also advocate rotating the Kashrut certification staff periodically.


  • Reply to: In Defense Of The Met   17 hours 3 min ago

    Read John Adam's autobiography, Hallelujah Junction. Specifically, the chapt. on Singing Terrorist. The opera is a vehicle for him to promote his virulent animus towards Israel and America. Read his interviews and those of Alice Goodman. Their words make a mockery of your analysis. I saw the opera, studied the libretto and heard the CD many time. Clearly, you haven't.

  • Reply to: For Young Polish Jews, ‘Return To A New Life’   18 hours 5 min ago

    what a shame Poland ...

  • Reply to: Rabbi Freundel: A Watergate Of Our Own   20 hours 56 min ago

    I agree with Erica Brown that more regulation is necessary. But I believe that, while the offenses were committed against women and in the Mikveh, that this is more a story about abuse of potential converts than about the abuse of a rabbi committed against his congregants. A life contract does not, in any way, shield the rabbi from charges of sexual abuse. As Domecles commented, there is little in a yearly review of the rabbi that would have prevented this crime. (There may, of course, be many benefits to a yearly review of the rabbi - like any other professional - but it hard to see how that would have helped here). What is most unregulated is the field of training and preparing candidates for conversation. Ironically, Freundel was involved in setting standards for conversion. But that has little to do with regulating the training process and clearing of potential converts (and sometimes baalei teshuva as well) and keeping them safe during their educational process.