Genuine kavod is subtle, thoughtfully fashioned to recognize and elevate the essence of its recipient.
To what extent can we associate with institutions that seek to advance a form of Judaism that is antagonistic to our central life’s purpose?
The strange and challenging period of Covid-19 sequestering is an unprecedented opportunity to discover aspects of ourselves in ways that are almost never available.
We educate our children to be devoted Jews, but do we also teach them how to be passionate Jews?
We must ask: Does the lack of strife among American Orthodoxy reflect brotherly love and respect or does it signify a sense of alienation and detachment?
Multiple approaches to Orthodox life have always existed. Occasionally, however, an approach to observant Judaism, though not ideal, is introduced to ensure the preservation of Torah observance.
American Orthodoxy, particularly in high-density neighborhoods, no longer provides a sense of communal intimacy
The challenge we confront as individuals, and as a community, is to discern when and how to apply the values of tolerance and intolerance appropriately.
We can embrace making choices, or we can allow our personality, experiences and environment (complemented by a good measure of inertia) to predetermine our choices. Clearly, choosing to choose, and investing the proper thought and energy into the choices we make, is a threshold step to being a Torah...
It seems to me that our community’s relationship to chesed has changed. Rather than actually performing chesed, we increasingly outsource the tasks.