Avi Shafran


When I Drifted Off the Path

By Avi Shafran

When I Drifted Off the Path
Avi Shafran, a pious Orthodox Jew, remembers his own brush with doubting Judaism —  and what it took to get him believing again.Read More


How Gil Steinlauf Chose 'Personal Torah' Over One True One

By Avi Shafran

How Gil Steinlauf Chose 'Personal Torah' Over One True One
Gil Steinlauf says he has struggled with his sexual identity for 20 years. Avi Shafran says a respected rabbi should keep fighting to live a life consistent with the Torah.Read More


A Punk Rocker, Tisha B'Av and Our Love of History

By Avi Shafran

A Punk Rocker, Tisha B'Av and Our Love of History
A punk rock musician taught Avi Shafran an unexpected lesson about Tisha B’Av. The rocker was bemused to hear that Jews still mourn the destruction of the temples.Read More


Black Hats and Wigs Do Not an Orthodox Jew Make

By Avi Shafran

Black Hats and Wigs Do Not an Orthodox Jew Make
Why do some Orthodox Jews do things that seem so un-Jewish? Avi Shafran has an answer — they go through the motions of ritual without embodying true belief.Read More


How Prayer Can #BringBackOurBoys

By Avi Shafran

How Prayer Can #BringBackOurBoys
Critics say prayer won’t bring the in the three kidnapped Israeli boys home. But Avi Shafran turns to Jewish tradition — and declares that every plea to God makes a difference.Read More



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