The Jewish world has recently been abuzz over the latest clash between law and religion, revolving around — of all things — a public swimming pool in Brooklyn.
A North Carolina prison has the bizarre notion that you need ten people to study Torah — and the Supreme Court won’t correct it. Michael Helfand explains why.
In his rulings, Justice Scalia often stuck up for religious minorities. Now that he’s gone, what will happen with the major church-state battles he left on the Supreme Court’s docket?
Instead of feeling defeated by Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric, Jews can use it as a springboard to fight religious discrimination, Michael Helfand says.
Liberals slammed Indiana’s religious freedom law as backdoor bigotry. But Michael A. Helfand explains why its benefits far outweigh the risks.
A court has ruled on the eruv that has divided the Hamptons. Michael A. Helfand says the decision has implications that extend far beyond the playground of the rich and famous.
With all the uproar around the Hobby Lobby decision, it would be easy to miss how limited the decision actually is, writes Michael A. Helfand.
The recent Supreme Court decision on public prayer pointed to the invisibility of religious minorities, writes Michael Helfand. Why else couldn’t the town be bothered to include them?
Between sex abuse scandals and a ballooning deficit, Yeshiva University is an embattled institution. But Y.U. still has one essential function that the Jewish community really can’t do without.
Some communities have resorted to torturing men who refuse to grant their wives a Jewish divorce or a ‘get.’ Michael A. Helfand proposes another way.