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Latest Blog Posts for YUTOPIA

  • Justice, Politics, and the Risks of Religious RhetoricFor various personal and ideological reasons, I have avoiding signing on to rabbinic positions or statements for several years. I recently made an exception to join over 150 Jewish leaders in signing a petition supporting the Child Victims Act (CVA)...
  • Book Review: What is Islam? The Importance of Being Islamic
    on Dec 31, 2015 in Religion
    I recently wondered on Facebook how people define religious “authenticity,” meaning actions or beliefs which reflect an (or the) genuine manifestation of a religion. This is a question I frequently consider regarding Judaism, particularly Orthodo...
  • How to Disappoint People: A Lesson in Leadership
    on Nov 9, 2015 in Judaism
    There’s a saying regarding sports coaches along the lines of, “If you’re coaching for the stands, you’ll soon be sitting with them.” The point is that while sports teams are ultimately supported by their fan base, the fan base is often whol...
  • Intellectualism vs. Spiritualism, and the Accusation of Arrogance
    on Oct 10, 2015 in Judaism
    Some friends of mine found it odd when I moved to the Jerusalem neighborhood of Nachlaot, at least in terms of fitting into the Jewish community. Nachlaot is known for being a “hippie”-ish type of community, and while like attracts like, I’m, t...
  • Intellectualism vs. Spiritualism, and the Accusation of Arrogance
    on Oct 10, 2015 in Judaism
    Some friends of mine found it odd when I moved to the Jerusalem neighborhood of Nachlaot, at least in terms of fitting into the Jewish community. Nachlaot is known for being a “hippie”-ish type of community, and while like attracts like, I’m, t...
  • An Actual Conversation Re: Women Dancing With a Torah on Simhat Torah
    on Oct 4, 2015 in Jewish Law / Halakha
    Arguments over women dancing with a Sefer Torah on Simhat Torah are by no means new. I had one memorable exchange way back in 2002 when I was doing my rabbinic internship at The Bridge Shul in Washington Heights. The Orthodox communal landscape of Wa...
  • An Actual Conversation Re: Women Dancing With a Torah on Simhat Torah
    on Oct 4, 2015 in Jewish Law / Halakha
    Arguments over women dancing with a Sefer Torah on Simhat Torah are by no means new. I had one memorable exchange way back in 2002 when I was doing my rabbinic internship at The Bridge Shul in Washington Heights. The Orthodox communal landscape of Wa...
  • One Year Aliyahversary
    on Aug 12, 2015 in Personal
    On August 12, 2014 I landed in Israel as a new immigrant, beginning, a new chapter in my life. For many Olim Aliyah can be a formative change, but this is not something I have experienced yet. Not that I'm surprised, after all, a new chapter is just...
  • One Year Aliyahversary
    on Aug 12, 2015 in Personal grid
    On August 12, 2014 I landed in Israel as a new immigrant, beginning, a new chapter in my life. For many Olim Aliyah can be a formative change, but this is not something I have experienced yet. Not that I’m surprised, after all, a new chapter is...
  • Not Much to Say
    on Aug 4, 2015 in Personal
    One recurring theme on this site is that no matter how busy or neglectful I've been, I usually try to force myself to write something on my birthday. This isn't always a bad thing; having artificial standards or deadlines can be useful for getting my...
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