Monthly Archives: June 2009

The Flaw of Orthodox Kiruv (Outreach) on One Foot

The flaw of Big Kiruv is ultimately the same one that has ravaged traditional Judaism for centuries. It is why we left in the first place. It is why today, most Jews are not Orthodox, and will never be Orthodox, … Read More

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Jewcy Zeitgeist: Saying Goodbye to Fawcett and Jackson, FAFSA Made Easy, and Oscars Widen Audience

Here are today’s top stories in no particular order:   Actress Farrah Fawcett has died after a three-year long battle with cancer. She was 62. The entertainment world lost a second legend hours later when ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson suffered a … Read More

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License to Carry: The State of Eruvim in America Today

San Francisco now has its first eruv thanks to congregation Adath Israel. Eruvs are important to observant Jews who adhere to the halakhic prohibition against the 39 acts of work on Shabbat, which prevents them from being able to carry anything outside … Read More

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Iran’s Hard and Uncertain Road

The courage and determination of the protestors in Iran are inspiring, and the brutality of the regime’s response is revolting.  The reminder that, as Fareed Zakaria recently put it, “What you know about Iran is wrong” could not be more … Read More

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Unnatural Growth

"Israel will not freeze settlement construction for natural growth, despite intense pressure from the Obama administration to do so," The Jerusalem Post, June 1, 2009. The argument that “natural growth” is crucial to Israel’s well-being is utter nonsense.   Here are … Read More

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Jewcy Zeitgeist: No More Crack, More Political Affairs, and Epic Car Chase

Here are today’s top stories in no particular order:   The UN has reported a decline in the production of cocaine and heroine worldwide. Apparently, the drugs have been replaced by stimulants. Oh boy, another politician has admitted to cheating on his wife. … Read More

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Angetevka

At my son’s eighth grade graduation ceremony, his class sang a song in which “hallelujah” was repeated so many times that I almost shouted “Hallelujah!” when it was, mercifully, finally over.  What made it somewhat bearable was remembering something my … Read More

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Jewcy Zeitgeist: SJP and Matty Broderick Welcome Twins, Jon & Kate Split, and 9 Fatalities Confirmed in Metro Crash

Here are today’s top stories in no particular order:   Nine fatalities have been confirmed after the D.C. Metro train crash at the peak of rush hour yesterday. It is the worst accident in the history of the Metro. Gossip blogger Perez … Read More

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