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Sivan 5784 / June 2024
Israel’s state of emergency following the murderous October 7th attack has brought to the forefront the unresolved issue of drafting...
Iyyar 5784 / May 2024
The new antisemitism, the type that has become so dominant in the months since the October 7th massacre, belongs to...
Nissan 5784, May 2024
Amid the unstopping clamor over the draft of Charedi yeshiva students, a remarkable declaration of staunch opposition by a group...
Adar II 5784 / March 2024
In these difficult days, with the war dragging on and many decisions to be made about confronting our enemy, it...
Adar II 5784 / March 2024
The truth is that we had it coming. Rabbi Elazar Menachem Shach, the mythological leader who presided over Haredi society...
Adar I 5784 / March 2024
“After the outbreak of the ‘Iron Swords’ war, the main question asked by thousands of Charedi women was: ‘How can...
Adar 5784 / February 2024
The events of October 7 led many to declare a “collapse of preconceptions” – failings that left us open to...
Adar 5784 / February 2024
No less than four policy drafts for recruiting Charedim, some longer and some short and terse, arrived on my desk...
Shevat 5784, February 2024
One day, perhaps during the Protective Edge campaign in 2014, one of my sons returned home from school, citing an...
Tevet 5784, January 2024
Distinguishing between the written Torah (the Tanach) and the Oral Torah (the Mishnah and Talmud) was a fundamental element of...
Tevet 5784, December 2023
In his article “Between Isolation and Alienation” [Hebrew], Rabbi Pfeffer describes a troubling phenomenon of indifference to the current plight...
Tevet 5784, December 2023
On the last day of 1897, just a few months after the first Zionist Congress in Basel, Theodor Herzl’s The...
Kislev 5784 / November 2023
“If a person sees suffering coming upon him, he should examine his actions, as it says (Eicha 3:40): ‘Let us...
Kislev 5784 / November 2023
A friend who once worked at a Jerusalem bank branch recounted a random encounter between two bank employees, one a...
Cheshvan 5784, October 2023
My grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, was invited a few years ago on Holocaust Memorial Day to tell her story at...
Cheshvan 5784, November 2023
September 2005, right after the summer of the Gush Katif “disengagement.” As the summer vacation came to an end, we...
Cheshvan 5784, November 2023
Our instinctive tendency upon encountering a range of incidents and occurrences is to strengthen existing positions and frame the events...
Cheshvan 5784, October 2023
The standard Jewish question to moments of hardship is, “Why did this calamity befall us?” It accompanies us always. When...
Cheshvan 5784, October 2023
Simchat Torah morning. Stepping out of the house, worrying about how much candy the kids might consume, I hear an...
Cheshvan 5784, October 2023
Troubled times have come upon us. At the close of Simchas Torah, when numbers started flying in the air, our...
Cheshvan 5784, October 2023
The Internet is flooded these days with calls for unity. We feel the need for unity intuitively. We know how...
Cheshvan 5784, October 2023
Two analyses were recently published on the colossal security failure that allowed Hamas to breach Israel’s defense lines and commit...

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