Avi Shafran


Rejoicing at the Presence of the Wicked Son at the Seder Table

By Avi Shafran

Rejoicing at the Presence of the Wicked Son at the Seder Table
How can a Seder be inclusive when we believe that one of the guests is ‘wicked’? Avi Shafran shows how even that child has a treasured spot at the table.Read More


Don't Call Us 'Ultra-Orthodox'

By Avi Shafran

Don't Call Us 'Ultra-Orthodox'
There’s nothing radical or extreme about living life according to the laws of the Torah. So, asks Avi Shafran, why are we called ‘ultra-Orthodox,’ even by other Jews?Read More


The Benefits of a Woman's Place

By Avi Shafran

The Benefits of a Woman's Place
The liberal push to give women more of a role in Jewish ceremony ignores something very important, writes Avi Shafran — the benefits of being able to stay in the background.Read More


'Open Orthodoxy' Is Not Really Orthodox At All

By Avi Shafran

'Open Orthodoxy' Is Not Really Orthodox At All
So-called ‘Open Orthodoxy’ portrays itself as an acceptable version of traditional Judaism. But it should not claim to be Orthodoxy, Avi Shafran writes.Read More






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