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Sep 17, 2014, 7:56 PM
Let soldiers and haredim swap roles
Controversy over haredi military service roils Israeli society, but respect for each side’s concerns and values can help resolve it. Haredim believe Jews of all backgrounds are equally commanded to learn Torah. So Israel could diffuse Torah study by allowing...
Sep 12, 2014, 10:29 PM
I would have booed Ted Cruz, too
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz must be the gutsiest supporter of Israel in American history, if you believe media accounts of his actions at a recent Christian assembly. After some in the audience booed his pro-Israel remarks, he had the...
Sep 2, 2014, 10:05 AM
ISIS is much worse than Hamas
Hamas is an existential danger to the State of Israel, and I denounce it vigorously. But ISIS represents a new kind of evil with scant precedent in world history
Aug 28, 2014, 1:52 PM
Sofer case means draft haredim
The disappearance of Aaron Sofer in the Jerusalem forest last Friday is of course alarming. I pray for his safe, speedy return. But far more important is the instruction of Rav Aharon Shteinman shlita, today’s leading Lithuanian haredi rabbi, that...
Jul 10, 2014, 9:37 PM
Sex abuse exists in all Jewish movements
The recent revelation that prominent Conservative Rabbi Barry Starr of Sharon, Massachusetts had sexual encounters with a 16-year-old boy is not an isolated incident. Sex abuse is a problem for all Jewish movements - including liberal ones - and...
Jun 20, 2014, 1:17 PM
The ADL: the speech patrol of the Jews
The newest nonsense from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is its declaration of victory this week in convincing the Metropolitan Opera to cancel a worldwide simulcast of the American opera The Death of Klinghoffer. Under the terms of the ADL’s...
Jun 13, 2014, 5:36 AM
Father’s Day and gay marriage? No.
A father has the following obligations toward his son: to circumcise him; to redeem him, if he is a firstborn; to teach him Torah; to find him a wife; and to teach him a craft or a trade. And...
Jun 10, 2014, 5:29 AM
Ex-gays vs. Jews
Two months ago, I wrote columns for the Daily Caller and the Times of Israel sharply dissenting from the claim of Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH) that anyone (yes, they say anyone) “can choose to disengage from their...
Apr 23, 2014, 10:29 AM
Orthodox, celibate, gay and that’s OK
The prevailing view that abstinence is not an option contradicts Jewish law and the writer's own experience
Apr 2, 2014, 12:40 AM
JONAH’s ‘ex-gay’ therapy case is good, but JONAH isn’t
I have a new essay up at the Daily Caller entitled "Why I won't be a witness in the New Jersey 'ex-gay' therapy trial." It describes an E-mail encounter I had with the lawyer defending "Jews Offering New Alternatives...
David Benkof is a St. Louis-based writer and former faculty member at Yeshivat Darche Noam/Shapell’s in Jerusalem. He has a master's degree in modern Jewish history from Stanford. Follow him on Facebook or E-mail him at DavidBenkof@gmail.com.