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Jul 10, 2019, 3:19 PM
Rabbi Rafi’s rejection of Diaspora Judaism
By Jewish law, there is an obligation to all Jews, including those who intermarry, to transmit the light of hope and connection
May 28, 2019, 11:25 PM
We Orthodox Jews desperately need gay rabbis
I ordained a gay rabbinical student because requiring people to hide or 'cure' their sexuality violates the Jewish notion of Law
Jan 7, 2019, 12:45 PM
The Sinful Physics of Stoning a Mother
There is a physics to misdeeds according to the rabbis, and this explains the stoning of the Arab mother of nine. Aveirah Goreret Aveirah. Sin causes sin. That means when a grievous action happens we have to play the...
Oct 27, 2018, 9:57 PM
Who Made Me Do It?
When caught by my Israeli or American religious colleagues, students, or friends supporting a liberal position, I often defuse the tension by weakly smiling, “The Devil made me do it.” I usually get a pass along with words of...
Sep 24, 2017, 3:38 PM
Days of no return: A teshuvah memory
What it means to live in a world without hope
Aug 16, 2017, 5:26 PM
Wearing tzitzit, I condemn Trump
His civil rights activism was inspired, in part, by a direct, personal encounter with Martin Luther King
Mar 2, 2017, 12:50 PM
Manning up at the Kotel
To the teen girls who drowned out women's prayers at the Wall: You know better than to commit such immodesty
Jan 26, 2016, 2:08 AM
A Dream in Brno
An inspiring moment while dedicating a Torah scroll in a Czech city that's seen centuries of Jewish suffering
Feb 1, 2015, 7:54 PM
Rachmanut for Gaza
Jews need to get real about Gaza, and with it, the rest of Palestine. By getting real, I don’t mean only getting tough. That we have done and are continuing to do. And being tough is certainly a survival...
Aug 5, 2014, 12:46 PM
Broken Moral Compass
Gaza stops your moral compass. Hamas’ concrete reinforced premeditation to kill Jews takes one’s breath away. They were not kidding when they promised us to open the gates of Hell to all who entered. What they did not tip...
Rabbi Daniel Landes is founder and director of YASHRUT, building civil discourse through a theology of integrity, justice, and tolerance. YASHRUT includes a semikhah initiative as well as programs for rabbinic leaders.