Rabbi Avi Shafran: Jewish Multiple Personality Disorder

The media’s fascination with Orthodox Jews seems to only intensify with time.  Some of us Orthodox may be discomfited by reports that television and...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: A Special Tomorrow

Adar, month of happiness Joyous celebration For Jews the world over Time of salvation Adar turned to ashes Tragedy grief Wailing, mourning  Beyond belief Young and old Pulled from our midst Gone without warning So...

Esther Mann: The Thinking On Drinking

Two weeks ago, I answered a woman's question about her husband's drinking. (And this was sent to me weeks before Purim!) She was concerned...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: When Many Are One

Some outsiders regard the Orthodox Jewish world as monolithic, but those of us within the community know well that quite the opposite is the...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Governing Ourselves

The “steamroller,” we all know, was steamrolled.  Although those whom Eliot Spitzer focused on flattening were New York State wrongdoers, he ended up being...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Smile, It’s Purim

This year, Purim falls on Friday. As if that isn’t bad enough, Uncle Sam did his best to put a further damper on Purim...

Yated Responds To Sundays ‘Mailbag’ on YWN

Yesterday, a reader wrote YWN complaining about this past weeks Yated editorial - see HERE. The Yated has responded. Please read the following two articles,...

Larry Gordon: Standing With Israel

"My conviction is clear: the best guarantee for Israel's security is the creation of a modern, democratic, and viable Palestinian state before the end...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Accidents Don’t Happen

With time, those with open eyes come to recognize that life is peppered with strange, small ironies – “coincidences” that others don’t even notice,...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Tziduk Hadin

Yerushalayim in shock Numb with grief Frozen hearts Disbelief In the heart of Yerushalayim A yeshiva under attack Unarmed students Shot in the back Rifle blazing No escape Vicious death trap Savage hate Gunfire roaring Young men...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: What Counts (And What Doesn’t) In A Candidate

Barack Obama is black.  Hillary Clinton is a woman.  John McCain has hair and is clean shaven.  So who’s a balding, bearded Jew like...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Unity And Shekalim

Invested in the ritual of the machatzis hashekel, which we will read about this Shabbos in Parshas Shekalim, are cogent lessons in how to...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Brazen New World

Asked by The New York Times in 2005 what today-taken-for-granted idea or value he thinks may disappear in the next 35 years, Professor Peter...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Double Adars

So here we are, on a drab, wintry day in Chodesh Adar, and there seems to be nothing but sorrow all around. In addition...

Larry Gordon: Talmudic Peace

It's a curious repetitiousness. If someone says that he's not going to benefit from his friend, or his neighbor, or his wife, the implications...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: What Remains

Vindication is nice, but there’s sometimes bitter mixed in with the sweet. Back in October of last year, a headline in the New York Jewish...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Modern Day Calves

This week, in Parshas Ki Sisa, we read of the tragic downfall of the Bnei Yisroel in the incident with the Golden Calf. Moshe...

Larry Gordon – Philanthropic Priorities

It was the Super Bowl that instigated the discussion. On the recent Super Bowl Sunday, a rabbi friend in the community expressed chagrin and...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: The Third Way

There are three distinct ways to look at school vouchers. One is to regard them as a bogeyman threatening to destroy the American public educational...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Apathy and Us

Some questions boggle the mind. No matter how often we contemplate them, they leave us totally stymied.  One of those unfathomable questions concerns the world’s...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Odds And Ends

Alighting from the Staten Island ferry at Manhattan’s southern tip on my way to work February 5, I was greeted by a phalanx of...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Friday Night At The Kosel

Shabbos is a gift from Hashem, a weekly twenty-four hour flow of holiness, perspective and rest. Shabbos is many things to many people, but almost...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Tackling The Elephant

Mere days before I was privileged to participate in a Washington, D.C. symposium on religious freedom in Israel, the Malaysian government threatened to withhold...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Lessons For Life

We are all familiar with the admonition of Chazal at the beginning of this week’s parsha that explains the posuk, “V’eileh…asher tosim lifneihem -...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Don’t Just Stand There

In Parshas Yisro, we learn of Kabbolas HaTorah. Following the makkos in Mitzrayim, the splitting of the sea at the Yam Suf, and the...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Talk To The Snakes

In a 1938 essay, Mohandas (“Mahatma”) Gandhi, the spiritual and political leader of the Indian independence movement, counseled Jews in Nazi Germany to neither...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Rhetoric and Action

The subject of leadership is indeed on everyone’s mind these days. Ambitious politicians are flying around the country, trying frenziedly to sell themselves as...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Lions In Winter

Winter might conjure pleasant memories of playing in the snow, but it is hardly a season most of us would consider symbolic of childhood. ...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Torah, Torah and Noch Torah

Numb. We should all be feeling numb. There should be no words to describe how we feel. Darkness has descended and we should all...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Too Much Information

Winter, when my commute home from Manhattan on the Staten Island ferry is shrouded in darkness, provides me a singular opportunity. That’s because the thousands...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Tov And Hakoras Hatov

A great baal chesed called me the other day and asked for a favor. "Please write an article on hakoras hatov." he said. "It...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Blogistan

There was a time, not terribly long ago, when disturbed individuals bent on broadcasting angry fantasies had only soapboxes in public parks from which...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Public Service

In Parshas Vayechi, we are offered some prime examples of men who were unafraid to take action to defend their cherished values. Yaakov Avinu, in...

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Modern Marriage

Ever since parshas Beraishis this year, I haven't been able to attend a chasunah without thinking about the Netziv's unsettling, if simple, observation. Rav Naftoli...

Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz: Golus and Geulah

Parshas Vayechi marks the end of Seder Bereishis and the profound lessons of maaseh avos siman lebonim that inform its narratives. The parsha also...

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