As a Haredi Jew, I harbor politically and socially conservative views, very unlike those of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But my belief system includes a mandate to be committed to the ideal of truth.
Rabbi Ari Shafran marks Herman Wouk’s yahrtzeit, and celebrates the life of the Pulitzer winning author.
Jewish law offers an insight as to why we must celebrate God’s mercy, even when it appears in the wake of great tragedy.
We Haredim are not extremists, and we are not a bloc. We are American citizens who deeply appreciate the freedoms and rights our country offers us.
The divide isn’t between rally-going, mask-shunning, MAGA hat-wearing yahoos and genteel, reasonable citizens.
If anything is blasphemous here, it is a group of people, most of whom do not follow traditional Jewish law name-calling a community that does.
Agudath Israel, in an uncharacteristic expression of outrage, called the governor’s limits on worship “appalling to all people of religion.”
I think that our inherent optimism may figure into why parts of the Orthodox community became lax in recent months social distancing and face masks.
It’s true that Jewish religious tradition does not assign a fetus the same status as a born child. But it does not allow abortion on demand.
Orthodox Jews must set a Torah-based example for all Americans, standing for principles, not parties, and expressing ideas with civility and respect.