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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Feb 20, 2019, 1:01 AM
Poland: What to do when an oppressed group’s speech is anti-Semitic?
The answer to the headline's question is: to acknowledge the oppression and how grave it is and to add that that still doesn't justify Jews' hatred. It is not helpful enough when each side only stands up for its own...
Feb 7, 2019, 8:47 AM
State of the Union 2.0
Last night’s State of the Union Address focused on major issues that are happening in the United States at this time. Trump talked about border security, abortion, the Middle East, and party politics. The Republican side of the room...
Jan 31, 2019, 9:02 PM
RCA’s Quoting of Rabbi Lichtenstein, z”l
I was very pleased to see the RCA response to a new controversial law that is not in consonance with traditional Jewish values. There has been some tumult about the RCA's quoting Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, z"l, in this statement. I...
Jan 31, 2019, 7:44 AM
Late-Term Abortion, Where are the Jews?
I suppose some will say I am a religious nut. I am not. I just ask questions that are uncomfortable. Isaiah 49:6 I will make you as a light for the nations, That my salvation may reach to the end of the...
Raymond M. Berger
Nov 25, 2018, 1:28 PM
The Big Lie: Involuntary Sterilization of Black Ethiopian Women
While Israel has never practiced involuntary sterilization, many other countries have. “I am aware that Israel has sterilized black African women without their consent.” I heard this from a black American university professor who should have known better. It wasn’t the...
Oct 20, 2018, 1:32 PM
President Donald Trump Versus the Mob and Other Intimidators
MOB. MOB. MOB. I have just uttered a word that has been "banned" on CNN. Henceforth, when you see an unruly, disorderly group of people harassing someone at a restaurant or out in public you cannot, must not, describe...
Oct 7, 2018, 2:27 PM
A Perilous Presumption
Last night, I watched the Senate vote on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. The one-by-one voice vote had to be interrupted numerous times because of shouting protesters in the Senate gallery. It was an embarrassing scene which never should...
Sep 7, 2018, 10:57 PM
A second unplanned pregnancy
Breaking the silence on Jewish women struggling with abortions -- a taboo issue that requires great sensitivity
Aug 16, 2018, 8:36 PM
Should Torah Jews Weigh in on Abortion Laws in America?
With the recent nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, there has been a lot of discussion in the media about whether Roe v. Wade will be overturned or chipped away in the future. And I wonder, should we...
Aug 5, 2018, 5:54 PM
Liberal American Jews and Israeli Haredim: There is a difference
The following was written as a letter to the son of a very Orthodox American acquaintance who questioned how I can be critical of both American liberal Jews and haredim. Dear J - Your question is a valid one – as...