About David Kelsey

David Kelsey has been published in Forward, Heeb, Downtown Express, and The Villager, is a former editor of Jewschool, and has his own blog, The Kvetcher.

Netanyahu Not Welcoming the Strangers (from Egypt!) Who Want to Do the Jobs No Israeli Wants to Do

By January 22, 2010

Sometimes it seems there is a disconnect between what American Jews believe is moral for Israel, and what they believe is moral for the U.S.   YNET reports: "Infiltrators cause cultural, social and economic damage, and pull us towards the Third World," … Read More

Orthodox Union Poll Bolsters Need to Keep Baalei Teshuvah Poor

By January 15, 2010

I have long railed against the Orthodox Union and its double-headed outreach group, NCSY and the JSU, for funneling public school teens to haredi places whose trajectories, if followed properly, will lead the indoctrinated to poverty. The problem is that … Read More

NY City Councilman to Solve Greatest Concern When House on Fire: Lack of Diversity

By December 15, 2009

Like many of you, I suppose, I fear situations that may require emergency services. None of us want to be in that position where there is a personal emergency and we are forced to look into the abyss and face … Read More

Holocaustian Leader Seeks Jail for Holocaust Deniers

By December 14, 2009

Where is the communal Jewish outrage? The JTA reports that Elie Wiesel spoke last week,    … at a "Jewish Hungarian Solidarity Symposium" of Hungarian political and Jewish leaders held at Parliament. […] He added, "I ask you, why don’t you … Read More

How You and I Will Build a More Moderate Islam in Switzerland

By December 4, 2009

As many of you probably know, the Jewish community has mostly come out against the minaret ban in Switzerland. And as someone who isn’t a descendant of Holocaust survivors, I feel obligated to also speak out against what is happening … Read More

A Former Baal Teshuva’s Anger at Teachers

By November 24, 2009

One of the ways that Orthodox, and even formerly Orthodox people (FFBs) attempt to silence former baalei teshuvah (secular and Liberal Jews who went through a black hat-style Orthodox phase) is to dismiss us as "angry." But there is often … Read More

The Two-Front War

By November 10, 2009

While the Jewish Right draws outrage for U.S. foreign policy, it is the Jewish Left that pre-empts protecting our nation domestically. Obsessing against “xenophobia” and even the most nominal and reasonable profiling measures, the Jewish Left is in denial that … Read More

NCSY Expounds On Using Their “Cultural” Groups to Recruit Public School Students to Orthodoxy

By October 18, 2009

In an Orthodox newspaper, NCSY dropped pretense of ecumenical goals of “cultural” clubs, and detailed their “kiruv” (Orthodox recruitment of non-Orthodox Jews) efforts in our public school system. Let’s compare NCSY’s public message and agenda (or lack there of) with that detailed … Read More