Jewish religious law does not permit a woman to decide for personal reasons to end a pregnancy. Let’s not pretend it does, Avi Shafran writes.
Some say that U.S. Jews are united in wanting a progressive Western Wall plaza. But that ignores the sizable and growing Orthodox segment of the population, Avi Shafran writes.
The Western Wall will now host more traditional Jews in one area and more progressive Jews in another. Avi Shafran asks: Is it worth the price?
Many liberals believe that Jewish provocation on the Temple Mount is wrong. So, Avi Shafran asks, shouldn’t they also believe that Women of the Wall’s provocation at the Kotel is just as bad?
A recent Pew Research Center report reveals that more Jews are joining Orthodoxy than are leaving it. So how come we’re not seeing a counterpoint to all the ‘off the derech’ books flooding the marketplace?
The murder of Shira Banki by Yishai Schlisser at Jerusalem’s gay pride parade was indefensible. Indefensible as well, though, were some reactions to the stabbings, Avi Shafran argues.
Is the Orthodox world guilty of censoring its own canonical texts, as a recent book claims? Avi Shafran argues that there’s a difference between changing with the times and rewriting history.
With all due apologies to JFK’s speechwriter, Avi Shafran writes that Shavuot is not about what we’d like God to do for us. Rather, it’s about what we are privileged to do for Him.
If Avi Shafran were a bakery owner, he would refuse to make a wedding cake for two grooms. He says the Constitution enshrines his right to do so, even if most Americans think otherwise.
Even though it’s often men who lead the Seder in traditional Jewish families, Avi Shafran believes that the Seder itself is maternal in its quality and purpose.