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






Find us on Facebook!
  • Is pot kosher for Passover. The rabbis say no, especially for Ashkenazi Jews. And it doesn't matter if its the unofficial Pot Day of April 20.
  • A Ukrainian rabbi says he thinks the leaflets ordering Jews in restive Donetsk to 'register' were a hoax. But the disturbing story still won't die.
  • Some snacks to help you get through the second half of Passover.
  • You wouldn't think that a Soviet-Jewish immigrant would find much in common with Gabriel Garcia Marquez. But the famed novelist once helped one man find his first love. http://jd.fo/f3JiS
  • Can you relate?
  • The Forverts' "Bintel Brief" advice column ran for more than 65 years. Now it's getting a second life — as a cartoon.
  • Half of this Hillel's members believe Jesus was the Messiah.
  • Vinyl isn't just for hipsters and hippies. Israeli photographer Eilan Paz documents the most astonishing record collections from around the world:http://jd.fo/g3IyM
  • Could Spider-Man be Jewish? Andrew Garfield thinks so.
  • Most tasteless video ever? A new video shows Jesus Christ dying at Auschwitz.
  • "It’s the smell that hits me first — musty, almost sweet, emanating from the green felt that cradles each piece of silver cutlery in its own place." Only one week left to submit! Tell us the story of your family's Jewish heirloom.
  • Mazel tov to Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky!
  • If it's true, it's pretty terrifying news.
  • “My mom went to cook at the White House and all I got was this tiny piece of leftover raspberry ganache."
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.