Cross-Currents

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Lessons of a Viral Video

The Orthodox video that went viral last week dispels a lot of stereotypes about the Orthodox world and is frankly inspirational… but you won’t see that in any of the coverage.

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Visitation Rites

The saintly aura that has enveloped Ronald Reagan in the minds of many who consider themselves social conservatives and independent thinkers – and I count myself among them; and I...

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Speak the Truth, with Conviction

Our enemies speak lies with complete conviction, yet we are afraid to speak the truth with similar conviction. When confronted by strident anti-Semitism in new clothing, we must be brutal in only one respect: we must be brutally honest.

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Ferry Tale

Sitting among other commuters in the cavernous terminal, waiting for the next ferry from Staten Island to Manhattan, I sensed some commotion in my periphery. Looking up from my reading,...

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Holiness Does Not Have an Expiration Date

A single standard applies. Not just for one time, but for all time. It is not for the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) or anyone else to redefine that standard, for the standard was put in place from the beginning. “You shall be holy for I, the Lord your God, am holy.”