Irwin Kula


Memo to Yeshiva U.: No Statute of Limitations on God's Judgment

By Irwin Kula

Memo to Yeshiva U.: No Statute of Limitations on God's Judgment
Yeshiva U.’s administrators want to ‘move on’ now that a judge has tossed a $680 million abuse lawsuit. But Irwin Kula writes there is no statute of limitations on God’s judgment.Read More


Y.U. Report's Three Paragraphs Fails To Do Justice to Abuse — or Jewish Ethics

By Irwin Kula

Y.U. Report's Three Paragraphs Fails To Do Justice to Abuse — or Jewish Ethics
Irwin Kula discloses he was abused at Y.U. — and spoke with its investigators. The noted rabbi says the school’s report fails to do justice to victims and hides behind tired excuses.Read More


Enough Tridentine Mass Hysteria

By Irwin Kula

In this day and age, Jews should not be overreacting to Pope Benedict XVI’s revision of the Good Friday prayer calling for our people “to acknowledge Jesus Christ the Savior of all men.” A very small minority of Catholics saying these words in 2008 is very different in its threat to Jews than every Catholic saying these words in 1668.Read More


King’s Spiritual Activism

By Irwin Kula and Brad Hirschfield

There appear to be two kinds of faith these days in America. The first, fundamentalism, promotes coerciveness and exclusivity, encouraging polarization, impenetrable boundaries and a deep suspicion of the other. The second, a type of New Age spirituality, is largely self-concerned, mainly focusing on the individual and his or herRead More






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