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Dec 26, 2014, 12:03 AM
Reimagining the Rabbinate
The Rabbinate shouldn't be dissolved, but its reforms need to continue. Its reason for existence can't revolve around petty policymaking but long-term strategic planning for the global Jewish community's religious and spiritual needs. Despite the policies of the Rabbinate, Orthodox Judaism...
Nov 18, 2014, 12:58 PM
Condemning What’s Actually Wrong in Jerusalem
Four people have been murdered this morning in Jerusalem by gunshot and axe, including Rabbi Moshe Twersky, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Toras Moshe. Hamas and Islamic Jihad immediately praised it. Mahmoud Abbas however has been using both sides of his...
Oct 31, 2014, 9:13 AM
Both Sides Need to Make Painful Compromises – except the Temple Mount?
John Kerry had a chance to say something to call out Mahmoud Abbas and his justification to try to assassinate someone advocating for peaceful change. Instead he gave in to violence. He said he supported the status quo because...
Oct 31, 2014, 5:40 AM
A Rebuttal of Rabbi Steven Pruzansky
Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, the head of the conversion court in Teaneck, NJ, resigned with a strong statement today on his personal website in protest of the appoint by the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) to review elements of the...
Oct 30, 2014, 7:32 AM
Jews Have a Right to the Temple Mount despite the Bullets
The attempted assassination tonight of Rabbi Yehuda Glick is the result of decades of contempt of Arab leaders toward Jews' legitimate historical and religious links to their holiest site. As recently as last week, the King of Jordan again...
Oct 29, 2014, 2:59 PM
The Chief Rabbis Undermine their own Authority
When I converted in 2007, I didn't expect that seven years later I would still be commenting on the topic regularly, with so much of my attention on policy coming dangerously close to breaching the Torah's 46 safeguards for...
Oct 21, 2014, 2:48 AM
5 Things the RCA Needs to Do for Converts
(I will emphasize I hold no personal grudge against anyone who manages the system here, perhaps with exception to those figures who have very publicly failed in their general duties as venerable Rabbinical figures.) The Rabbinical Council of America (RCA)...
Oct 13, 2014, 8:37 AM
The Only Endgame Can Be Kurdish Independence
There is no goal to American intervention against ISIS. If one were to say it is the prevention of genocide or the disestablishment of a rogue state in the heart of the Middle East, that wouldn’t answer this critique....
Sep 11, 2014, 8:56 AM
Why I Don’t Like to Use the Word ‘Terrorist’
This counterterrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten...
Aug 28, 2014, 1:16 AM
Operation Protective Edge: Naming this War was a Mistake from the Start
You know, if the IDF hadn't had to name their military actions against Hamas over the last 50 days, the world would not have paid attention. "Operation Anything" is a signal for reporters to come take up their usual...
Gedalyah Reback is an experienced writer on technology, startups, the Middle East and Islam. He also focuses on issues of personal status in Judaism, namely conversion.