Avi Shafran


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


Shavuot Is Holiday That Speaks of Love And Freedom

By Avi Shafran

Shavuot Is Holiday That Speaks of Love And Freedom
Shavuot often doesn’t get the respect it deserves among the Jewish holidays, writes Avi Shafran. It’s time we understood it for what it is, a celebration of love and freedom.Read More



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