Category Archives: Contemporary

Orthodoxy and Homosexuality – Dilemmas and Opportunities

A piece I wrote for the Jewish Chronicle a couple of years ago attempting to find some sort of path in the minefield that is traditional Judaism and homosexuality. 

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‘A child born in Paris in 1933…’ Rav Aharon Lichtenstein – A Tribute

Last week the head of the yeshiva which I have studied at for much of the last decade, Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, was awarded the Israel Prize, the state’s highest honour, for his contributions to Torah literature. Those who know him from … Continue reading

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Two sources for the transition from Yom HaZikaron to Yom Ha’atzmaut

Anyone who experiences Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut in Israel knows that the transition is a strange one – from one extreme to another. Here are two sources – from Elie Wiesel and Rav Hirsch – that I’ve enjoyed thinking … Continue reading

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The Shoah and Paralysis

A short piece I wrote for Yom HaShoah  a couple of years ago from Cartoon Kippah  The first time it struck me was when I read Night by Elie Wiesel. At first it was a normal reading experience; paragraph by … Continue reading

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Why Rav Ovadia Matters

Why Rav Ovadia Matters Published in the Jewish Chronicle, the week of Rav Ovadia’s passing. Who was Rabbi Ovadia Yosef? An aged rabbi responsible for countless offensive statements (on Arabs, Ashkenazim and countless others he saw as opponents) and the … Continue reading

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