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Orthodox Conundrum

May 27, 2024

Just as many young people who are not religious become Orthodox, so do many young Orthodox Jews leave Orthodox practice behind. Colloquially, this is often called being “off the derech” - that is, off “the” way of traditional Torah practice.

The phenomenon of Orthodox Jews becoming less classically religious is...


May 20, 2024

Any discussion surrounding tzniut (loosely - and, perhaps incorrectly - translated as “modesty") is inevitably fraught with challenges and difficulty. Indeed, there are few topics in Orthodoxy that are as triggering to so many people.

Rabbi Moshe Simkovich offers a traditional yet unique approach to tzniut, and he...


May 13, 2024

In his classic work Kol Dodi Dofek, Rav Soloveitchik asserts that God’s gift of the State of Israel demands a response. God wants a dialogue where we answer his generosity by using His gifts to make Him present in the world. The major challenge for Religious Zionism, then, is to decide, as best as we can, what that...


May 6, 2024

It’s the little things that hit hardest. The big moments when I expect to be emotional have generally felt unremarkable; I seem to have experienced them with relative ease. The surprises come when I’m taking a walk, talking about a silly childhood memory, or seeing an old friend. Above all, I’ve learned that my...


Apr 18, 2024

Did the Exodus from Egypt happen exactly as the Torah describes?

How should we contend with archeological evidence that seems to indicate that certain aspects of the Torah's narrative don't make sense?

And, for that matter, how can we contend with similar questions that surround other historical Biblical narratives?