Thursday, December 7, 2017

Trump Tackles TelAviv-Yerushalayim Transfer

We do live in amazing times. I applaud President Trump for fulfilling the campaign promise of recognizing and relocating the American Embassy to Yerushalayim. This is bound to upset many people, yet the president is apparently a man of his word.

While the world organizations, particularly the UN tries to strip Yerushalayim from Jewish hands, it is amazing that a Christian has stood up to them and approved this volatile move.


Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America Applauds President Trump’s Historic Change of U.S. Policy toward the Status of Jerusalem

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America – the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization – applauded President Donald Trump for his historic change of U.S. government policy toward the status of Jerusalem – the ancient and current capital of Israel and the Jewish People.

Over 3000 years ago, King David constructed the holy city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. For millennia, Jews around the world directed their prayers toward Jerusalem and prayed to return to Jerusalem. Indeed, the prayer to return to Jerusalem is invoked at the conclusions of the sacred Yom Kippur service and the Passover Seder. In 1948, when the modern State of Israel was miraculously founded, its leaders – of course – chose Jerusalem as the capital even though Arab armies occupied Judaism’s holiest sites. With G-d’s help, the city was reunited in 1967 and it has flourished ever since. Under Israeli rule, Jerusalem is an open city where people of all faiths may freely visit and worship at their holy sites.

Sadly, and from our perspective wrongly, the international community has ignored the history of Jerusalem and its centrality in the lives and faith of the Jewish people. Moreover, the responsible stewardship for the holy city provided by the State of Israel is largely ignored. In 1995, the United States Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed the Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act – legislation advocated for by the Orthodox Union. The 1995 Act established as a matter of U.S. policy the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and required the relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. While Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama each pledged to implement this commitment, none of them did. Today, President Trump began to fulfill this promise.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Rogachover: Rabbi Rosen Reminisce

As a youngster, I loved to hear stories about the Rogachover Gaon (1858-1936). In 1976, the JO published a short essay on him and my father offered to have his friend, Rabbi P Teitz from Elizabeth NJ, host me for a shabbos to relate to me some first-hand stories. Sadly, I never went.

In any event, the seforim blog recently published some more interesting facts about this Gaon/Genius in a Generation of Giants.

Friday, November 3, 2017

British Buddy Balfour Broadcasts Breakthrough Bulletin

Fascinating history lesson courtesy of CBN.

Hat tip


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Tolkien Tells Tiresome Tales

J.R.R Tolkien was asked by an interviewer why his books are so long. He replied:

"It's a long story..."

Monday, October 23, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Dialogue Disseminates Daring Discourse - Dialogue For Torah Issues & Ideas Volume 7 Summer 5777/2017

Wow. After another long hiatus in publishing, Dialogue 7 has suddenly appeared, in what appears to be a watershed event in Frum publications, akin to the famous OTD issue of the Jewish Observer.

Over half of the issue is dedicated to the complex issue of Child Sex Abuse (CSA).

We have definitely come a long way since a generation ago when no one discussed these matters, or thought that the children should just get over it. Many of the psychologists view CSA as "Murder of the Soul", and explain that children that have drinking problems, suicidal thougths or OTD leanings, are almost as a rule have all been abused. Kudos to Dialogue for dedicating over 100 pages to remedy this situation.

Other articles focus on the Emunah debate. Should one have Emunah Peshuta or should one be able to question and be given satisfactory answers?
Dr. Jonathan Ostroff explains why he dislikes Reuven Shmeltzer's book on Emunah (Peshuta).

Rabbi Eytan Feiner is back with one of his delicious discourses regarding the splitting up of the Makkos into two Parshiyos.

Rabbi David Rosenthal discusses his book on Open Orthodoxy, and shows definitively why it is not Orthodox.

This issue is a MUST read.


A Message to Humanity - Hamashkif

Child Sex Abuse in the Frum Community - An Overview - Rabbi Aharon Lopiansky, et al.

Securing Our Tents, Protecting Our Future - Rabbi Aharon Yoel Sorcher

The Emunah Debate - Rabbi Aharon Feldman

Review of The Heart of Emunah - Jonathan S. Ostroff, Ph.D

The Mitzvah of Emunah and Personal Investigation - Rabbi Jeremy Kagan

Noah and Avraham: Two Levels of Belief - Rabbi Aharon Feldman

The Lure of the Loyal Locusts: The End of the Ten Plagues - Rabbi Eytan Feiner

Derech Eytz HaChaim - Is Ramchal Its Author? - Rabbi Abba Zvi Naiman

Why Open Orthodoxy is not Orthodox - The Aftermath - Rabbi David Rosenthal

Letters to the Editor


Dialogue I
Dialogue II
Dialogue III
Dialogue IV
Dialogue V
Dialogue VI

Monday, August 28, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Heaps H2O...Help Houston's Hebrews


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