Michael A. Helfand


The Murkiness of the Hobby Lobby Ruling

By Michael A. Helfand

The Murkiness of the Hobby Lobby Ruling
With all the uproar around the Hobby Lobby decision, it would be easy to miss how limited the decision actually is, writes Michael A. Helfand.Read More


America Doesn’t See Its Religious Minorities

By Michael A. Helfand

America Doesn’t See Its Religious Minorities
The recent Supreme Court decision on public prayer pointed to the invisibility of religious minorities, writes Michael Helfand. Why else couldn’t the town be bothered to include them?Read More


There Is Another Way To Get a 'Get'

By Michael A. Helfand

There Is Another Way To Get a 'Get'
Some communities have resorted to torturing men who refuse to grant their wives a Jewish divorce or a ‘get.’ Michael A. Helfand proposes another way.Read More


Hebrew National Must Answer to Lower Authority

By Michael A. Helfand

Hebrew National Must Answer to Lower Authority
Questions like whether Hebrew National’s hot dogs are really kosher are usually best kept out of court. But in the end, a lower authority may have to pass judgment.Read More






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