Jews do not kill in the name of Judaism. Instead, there is one way we channel the human “fighting instinct”: Studying the Torah.
I have called haredim “the Jews’ Jews.” That’s because some Jews show vile and visceral hatred for them, like anti-Semites do for Jews as a whole.
Casting Israel’s Haredim as some sort of Black Peril bent on creating an oppressive theocracy is loony.
The fight for women’s dignity — their rights to equal pay for equal work and quest to be seen as people and not as objects — is a just one. But fomenting the myth that it’s a fight that, with sheer determination and spunk, can actually be won will only cause disillusionment.
Orthodox groups are growing quickly, but stopping at numbers misses an underlying, vital issue. Why is it that Orthodox couples have large families?
All parents have a right to raise their children as they see fit, Avi Shafran argues. Betsy DeVos gets that.
Avi Shafran, a Haredi Jew with a non-Zionist perspective, calls out UNESCO for its flat-out denial of Jewish history.
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?