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How Gil Steinlauf Chose 'Personal Torah' Over One True One

By Avi Shafran

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 Kippah on the Head of Israel’s Intelligence Chief

By J.J. Goldberg

For the first time, all of Israel’s top intelligence chiefs will soon be observant Jews. J.J. Goldberg explains why Benjamin Netanyahu is packing top intel positions with Orthodox brass.Read More

Why Rabbi Gil Steinlauf's Coming Out Is Watershed Moment for Jews

By Menachem Creditor

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf told his synagogue he is gay in an eloquent open letter. Menachem Creditor writes that the reaction of the shul’s lay leaders is even more momentous.Read More

Same-Sex Marriage Wins at SCOTUS

By Jay Michaelson

With the latest court victory for same-sex marriage, Jay Michaelson assesses what has changed in society’s thinking about LGBT people — and why it matters to all Jews.Read More

A Drug Policy That Denies Repentance

By Hanna Liebman Dershowitz

United States drug policy is such that people caught with small amounts of drugs can serve harsh punishments. Hanna Liebman Dershowitz thinks this is wrong and against Jewish values.Read More

The Irony of Erasing Arabic

By Liora R. Halperin

A new proposed law in the Knesset would remove Arabic as an official language of Israel. Liora Halperin says this ignores the history of Hebrew’s own struggles.Read More

Who By the Sword?

By Gerald L. Zelizer

The Unetaneh Tokef prayer always sounds so harsh, Gerald Zelizer writes. But is there a way to understand it as a description of the randomness in the universe?Read More

Why Do We Feel Dread On Yom Kippur?

By Elissa Strauss and Scott Perlo

Elissa Strauss and Scott Perlo discuss that great day of judgment, Yom Kippur, in their latest exploration of what it means to kind of, sort of, believe in God.Read More

We Are All Pamela Geller

By Jay Michaelson

Pamela Geller is back with another incendiary anti-Muslim ad campaign. Jay Michaelson thinks we should use this to recognize all that is fearful, irrational and hateful in us.Read More

Can We Talk About Climate Change?

EDITORIAL: In the wake of the People’s Climate March, how do we find a language to talk about global warming to those who don’t naturally care or believe?Read More

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