Avi Shafran


How Ultra-Orthodoxy Is Most Feminist Faith

By Avi Shafran

How Ultra-Orthodoxy Is Most Feminist Faith
Ultra-Orthodoxy is often criticized for its treatment of women. But Avi Shafran says it offers women more opportunities to work than men, who must study the Torah.Read More


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



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