Author: Reuven Spolter

Is Orthodoxy Unhealthy?

About a decade ago, a short time after I arrived in Oak Park, Michigan, I visited a doctor for a checkup. I already knew the drill. He’d come in, examine me, draw blood and adjust my medications based on the results. The examination began, and everything was going well–until...

Sherlock Holmes, Rabbinic-Style

It began with a text message. Rav Stav* wants you to call him. I called. “There’s a young woman whose mother is originally from . All we have is her parents’ ketubah, but we cannot identify the mesader Kiddushin [rabbi who performs the...

Juggling Work and Family (4)

Does having a full-time working mother negatively impact an Orthodox Jewish family? According to the women profiled in the winter issue of Jewish Action, the answer is an emphatic “no.” The women describe schedules that made serious demands on their time, and they seem to think that those choices...

The True Simchah

Early this year, my family celebrated the wedding of my nephew Simcha in Baltimore, Maryland. The wedding was lovely. The chatan and kallah radiated a sense of infectious joy. And since I live in Israel, it was wonderful to see members of my family who live in America, albeit...