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Nov 21, 2023, 12:22 PM
The Buck Stops… With Thee, Not With Me
The year was 1961, and President Kennedy was still basking in the adulation that often accompanies a president during his first one hundred days. That adulation was soon tested when Kennedy gave the green light to an ill-fated operation...
Nov 15, 2023, 8:18 PM
Thank You… And a Request
I would like to begin by saying thank you. As someone who lives in Israel, I was given chizuk by the very strong showing yesterday in Washington. It was genuinely encouraging to know that we are truly not alone, that the American...
Nov 12, 2023, 12:24 PM
A Mark on My Forehead, a Mark on Yours
I’m going to put a mark on your forehead, and I hope you’ll put a mark on mine. But first I’m going to talk about gaslighting. Gaslighting is, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the “psychological manipulation of a person usually over...
Nov 7, 2023, 6:32 PM
Our son is joining the IDF – now
When I am able to ignore my anxiety, I feel wonder and even joy that God has allowed my family to live at this time in history
Nov 3, 2023, 12:00 AM
God tested Abraham 3,700 years ago… and today
God tested Abraham. The Binding of Isaac is a mystery that will never be completely understood. Commentators, philosophers, poets, and artists have tried to uncover its secrets -- yet there always remains some essential aspect that cannot be revealed. The...
Oct 30, 2023, 4:35 AM
The Orwellian Jewish problem
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Terrorists are angels. Jews are Nazis. And 1,400 murder victims brought their massacre on themselves
Oct 24, 2023, 12:23 AM
Words can create worlds; they can also destroy them
Avtalyon said: Sages, be careful with your words, lest you incur the penalty of exile, and you are exiled to a place of evil waters, from which your students who follow you will drink and die; and the name...
Oct 18, 2023, 10:39 AM
Who bombed that hospital?
The scenes of a burning hospital, with hundreds of people likely dead or dying, should sicken any person who has a soul and a conscience. And within minutes after the hospital went up in flames, Israel was named as the...
Sep 11, 2023, 12:30 PM
Dangerous misinterpretations of Torah, no matter how black the hat
Not only have there been times when God did not protect the Jews, but the Bible promised that there would be
May 24, 2022, 12:33 PM
Judaism’s nuanced view on abortion is not about ‘choice’
But the halachic consequence of prohibiting abortion where it should be permitted are worse than those of allowing abortion where it is forbidden
Rabbi Scott Kahn is the CEO of Jewish Coffee House (www.jewishcoffeehouse.com) and the host of the Orthodox Conundrum Podcast and co-host of Intimate Judaism. You can see more of his writing at https://scottkahn.substack.com/.