• The Hareidi Option

    Rabbi Yitzchak Blau explores Hareidi attitudes toward women, gentiles, Zionism, divine providence, faith, as well as other categories. This exploration reveals dramatic difference between Hareidi and Modern Orthodox…
  • Thinking Ahead, Far Ahead: Thoughts for Parashat B…

    Who is thinking about our souls? Who is investing the time and thought to foster a religious life that is deep and strong, that can withstand popular pressures and market demands? Who is reminding us that when it comes to…
  • Education, Morality, and Our Children

    Should Jewish parents send their sons and daughters to schools where anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism are tolerated? What is the impact on their own morality to be steeped in these environments for their formative years? What…
  • Saadia Gaon’s Solution to Anthropomorphisms in His…

    Rabbi Sjimon den Hollander writes on Saadia Gaon's treatment of biblical anthropomorphisms. Saadia pointed the way to a philosophically sophisticated approach to reading the Bible.

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Rabbi Yitzchak Blau explores Hareidi attitudes toward women, gentiles, Zionism, divine providence, faith, as well as other categories. This exploration reveals dramatic difference between Hareidi and Modern Orthodox communities.
Who is thinking about our souls? Who is investing the time and thought to foster a religious life that is deep and strong, that can withstand popular pressures and market demands? Who is reminding us that when it comes to the human spirit, instant gratification is not the path to long- term growth and development?
Should Jewish parents send their sons and daughters to schools where anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism are tolerated? What is the impact on their own morality to be steeped in these environments for their formative years? What will this type of education do to them as human beings and as Jews?
Rabbi Sjimon den Hollander writes on Saadia Gaon's treatment of biblical anthropomorphisms. Saadia pointed the way to a philosophically sophisticated approach to reading the Bible.
As we mark the season of Yom Ha'atsmaut, Israel Independence Day, it's important to remember the age-old connection of the Jewish People with the land of Israel. Rabbi Hayyim Angel reviews the Biblical history of the land of Israel. This article appears in issue 43 of Conversations, the journal of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals.
In a very real sense, we are what we do, and that affects the way we think. We are also what we can become. Our charge should be, I do good deeds, therefore, I am. May we be blessed to follow the Torah program in its entirety and become the best versions of ourselves.