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May 23, 2024 Should we celebrate the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi?

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May 17, 2024 It's all about the youth

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May 9, 2024 Unity Amidst Tragedy: The Legacy of Stanley Leeper and the Bonds of the Jewish Community

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April 18, 2024 Yes, God Works Behind the Scenes…. And So Does Our Beloved IDF

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April 11, 2024 Last Minute Invitations to the Pesach Seder and the Korban Pesach

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April 4, 2024 Let's Nurture Moral and Religious Values in our Children Before Delving into Nuance

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March 27, 2024 The Three Oaths and the UN Resolution

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March 21, 2024 Mi yodaya? The Power of Curiosity

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March 12, 2024 The Plight of Agunot: Our Communal Responsibility

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March 8, 2024 Addressing Challenges Faced by Charedim in Military Service: Promoting Sensitivity and Accommodation

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February 29, 2024 Don't Alienate our Teenagers

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February 20, 2024 Two Miracle Stories in Gaza

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February 15, 2024 Why We Must Compare Hamas to Amalek Now

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February 8, 2024 Our Children are Always Watching

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February 1, 2024 Is the Israeli Government Doing Enough... and Judging Favorably

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January 17, 2024 How to Vacation During the Israel-Hamas War

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January 10, 2024 Rav Yaakov and Elisha Medan Know the Secret to Happiness

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January 3, 2024 Finding God After October 7th

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December 28, 2023 How Should We Relate to the Neturei Karta?

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December 21, 2023 Asara B'Tevet - It's All About the Beginning

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December 13, 2023 Darkness and Mehadrin Min Ha-Mehadrin: Two Tracks of Jewish History

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December 6, 2023 The Gevurah of Chanukah, Then and Now

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November 29, 2023 Don't opine on any hostage deal until you meet with the families

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November 16, 2023 We rallied for Israel this past week... now what?

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November 9, 2023 Can we win the war of public opinion about Israel?

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November 2, 2023 The Opportunity for a Spiritual Revival

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October 26, 2023 Must we listen to our parents when making important life choices?

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October 20, 2023 Feeling Israel’s Pain from Afar

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October 18, 2023 Yes, the Blood Libel is Alive and Well in 2023

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October 5, 2023 Why should we respect our parents?

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September 28, 2023 Collective Responsibility for the Chillul Hashem at Dizengoff

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September 21, 2023 A Taste of Rav Rosensweig’s Religious Worldview

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September 14, 2023 The Peculiar Teshuva Practices Between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur

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September 7, 2023 Are Selichot Services with Musical Accompaniment Appropriate?

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September 1, 2023 Gap Year Students and Mental Health

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August 25, 2023 Nikki Haley’s Leadership

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August 17, 2023 Can I buy plain, brewed hot coffee at Starbucks?

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August 10, 2023 Jamie Foxx’s Sincere Apology

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August 2, 2023 Tisha B’Av, Tu B’Av and Dara Horn’s Algorithm

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July 26, 2023 Let Us Start a Third Movement – Under the Banner of Humility

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July 19, 2023 What is the Torah’s View on the Death Penalty in America?

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July 11, 2023 The Mormon Couple’s Ahavat Chinam (Baseless Love)

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June 29, 2023 How to choose your hashkafa

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June 25, 2023 Turning our shuls into silent discos

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June 15, 2023 Torah u-madda and the shift

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June 7, 2023 Message to our graduates

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June 1, 2023 The Value of the Celebrate Israel Parade – Good Vibes!

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May 25, 2023 The experience of tikun layl Shavuot

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May 18, 2023 Rav Rimon, Noa Kirel and Balancing Orthodoxy with Moral Sensitivities

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May 10, 2023 The Value of the English Monarch

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May 4, 2023 The brain death controversy in light of recent events

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April 28, 2023 The Memory of Yom Hazikaron

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April 21, 2023 Women’s Torah Study at Yeshiva University

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April 5, 2023 The Sale of Chametz and Halachic Loopholes

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March 30, 2023 The In-Person Arrangement to Sell Chametz: Is it Necessary?

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March 23, 2023 Match Day at Einstein Medical Center

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March 17, 2023 The Good Way and the Better Way to Defeat Anger

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March 6, 2023 The Secular Holiness of Purim

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March 1, 2023 Judicial Reforms, Response to Terror and Whataboutism

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February 22, 2023 The Secret to the Happiness of Adar

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February 15, 2023 The Controversial Call at the End of the Super Bowl: Taking Responsibility

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February 9, 2023 Turning the routine of Nach Yomi and Daf Yomi into a ritual

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February 2, 2023 Rejoicing at the downfall of our enemies – a never-ending struggle

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January 29, 2023 Nazir: Enthusiastic approval or reluctant acceptance?

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January 20, 2023 Reflections on the passing of Rabbi Moshe Kahn, trailblazer in Women’s Talmud Torah

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January 13, 2023 Praying for the State of Israel if you don’t like the government

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January 6, 2023 Praising Those Outside Our Camp in Complicated Situations

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December 30, 2022 In 2023, We Need Rabbi Akiva Much More Than Hillel

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December 21, 2022 Why wait a year to establish the holiday of Chanukah?

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December 16, 2022 No, Ben, the OU is Not Nervous and YU is Not Clumsy

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December 8, 2022 The Power and Responsibility of the Kippah

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December 1, 2022 Balancing Joy and Discomfort in Jewish Education

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November 23, 2022 Three Ways to Maximize the Impact of Thanksgiving

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November 17, 2022 Last Week I Felt Like the Grinch Who Stole Hashgacha Pratis

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November 10, 2022 Kanye, Kyrie and Musk: Between Antisemitism and Cancel Culture

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November 3, 2022 Should Diaspora Jews Weigh in on Israeli Politics?

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October 27, 2022 YU's "Kol Yisrael Areivim" Club

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October 21, 2022 What does a successful Chagei Tishrei season look like?

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October 14, 2022 In Praise of President Biden for the Israel-Lebanon Maritime Deal

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October 6, 2022 Can the Modern Orthodox community have it all?

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September 29, 2022 Apology Season

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September 22, 2022 The Rosh Hashana Question: Where Are Your Wounds?

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September 16, 2022 The Parent-Educator Partnership: The Educator’s Role

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September 14, 2022 The Parent-Educator Partnership: The Parent’s Role

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September 2, 2022 YU’s Religious Identity: A Model for our Communities

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August 25, 2022 Elul: Frustration or exhilaration?

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August 18, 2022 Should I study theologically challenging topics or is it too risky?

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August 10, 2022 My Twelfth Month of Mourning

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August 3, 2022 Fear: The Enemy of Ahavat Chinam

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July 28, 2022 My Granddaughter's Name

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July 21, 2022 When is Being “Shomer Negiah” a Halacha and When is it a Stringency?

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July 15, 2022 Assessing and Re-assessing the Roles of Women in our Communities

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July 8, 2022 Connecting with God in an Unusual Vacation

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June 24, 2022 Medical Ethics Course – A Model for High School Gemara Education

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June 16, 2022 Graduation: A Time to Reflect on Five Areas of Growth

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June 10, 2022 Spreading Jewish Values to the Broader Society: Torah Before Israel

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May 27, 2022 Celebrating Jerusalem and praying for Jerusalem

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May 18, 2022 Transform our Shuls from places of expectation to places of aspiration

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May 11, 2022 Should Torah-Observant Jews Publicly Weigh in on Roe vs. Wade?

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May 4, 2022 Yom Ha’atzmaut: Celebrating the Process of our Redemption

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April 27, 2022 What is the appropriate day to commemorate the Holocaust?

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April 21, 2022 Why Do We Recite Yizkor on Yom Tov?

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April 14, 2022 Do We Work for God or Does God Work for Us?

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April 6, 2022 Infertility Awareness Shabbat: Don’t Judge Someone Else’s Pain

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March 29, 2022 Altercation at the Oscars: Many Forms of Harm

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March 29, 2022 Altercation at the Oscars: Many Forms of Harm

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March 28, 2022 How Should We Relate to the Passing of Rav Chaim Kanievsky?

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March 1, 2022 Is God Punishing Ukraine?

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February 23, 2022 How Do We Motivate Our Teenage Children?

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February 16, 2022 When the Community Surprises their Rabbi for his Birthday

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February 10, 2022 Daf Yomi Reflections from Masechet Moed Kattan: The Conflict between Chol Hamoed and Avelut

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February 2, 2022 Daf Reactions TikTok Talmudic Commentary: Is it Kosher?

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January 19, 2022 Tragedy of Colleyville: Remaining a people of kindness in a world that often isn’t

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January 12, 2022 Reacting to Chaim Walder as a Function of a Torah U’Madda Philosophy

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January 5, 2022 Matan Kahana’s Conversion Reforms: Good for Israel or Bad for Israel?

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December 29, 2021 Finding inspiration in a path that’s not our own

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December 22, 2021 Not letting Jewish tourists into Israel is legitimate

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December 16, 2021 The Ethics of the One Truth/Multiple Truths Question

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December 9, 2021 Does Fear of Punishment Have a Role in our Service of God?

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December 1, 2021 Embracing Tension and Celebrating the Good: A Chanukah Message

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November 25, 2021 The Twin Holidays of Chanukah and Sukkot

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November 18, 2021 Appreciating Women’s Gemara Learning in the Modern Orthodox Community

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November 11, 2021 The Value of Interreligious Dialogue

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November 4, 2021 Teach Zionism as Part of Tefillah, Tanach, Halacha and Jewish History

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October 28, 2021 Is a Tisch or a Kumsitz Religiously Significant?

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October 21, 2021 Good Chinuch: Learning to Balance Tzedakah and Mishpat

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October 15, 2021 Avraham the “Ivri”

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October 6, 2021 Facebook, Mental Health and Parental Responsibility

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September 30, 2021 The Power of Communication

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September 24, 2021 A Deeper Dive into the Exemption of “Mitztaer” from Sitting in the Sukkah

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September 14, 2021 A (Hopefully) Nuanced Analysis of the New Texas Abortion Law

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September 6, 2021 The Tefillah of Rosh Hashanah

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September 2, 2021 Living a Life of Service: The Key to Happiness

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August 18, 2021 Coping with our Failure in Afghanistan