Author: Gedalia Litke

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Double Standard

Many have written – mostly recently our own Yaakov Menken on Cross-Currents on Jan 11 – to the effect that it is unfair to associate Charedim with NK. While indeed...

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Ahead to the past

Here is my sister’s travelogue from her recent visit to our mother’s birthplace in Berlin: I had to choose whether to fly with my husband and two of our boys...

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To Serve with Honor

I recently received the following painful question and gave the following response. It is posted here with the questioner’s permission, of course. Readers’ comments, as always, are welcome. I have...

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Sunrise, Sunset

My daughter was married last week to a fine young man. She is our eldest and she is the first of our children to be married. It is a firm...

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Touchy Situation

I was recently asked to explain why in business settings many orthodox Jews do not shake hands with members of the opposite gender. Here is how I responded: “Traditional Judaism...

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Leviticus

Jonathan Rosenblum wrote: “I have been thinking for some time about how to fashion an argument against the “Gay Parade” in Jerusalem (and elsewhere) that would resonate with non-religious people...

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Turn Right for the Siyum

Two expressions of a single idea: 1. Post-siyum a picture taken outside the Meadowlands (in New Jersey) showing ‘Racetrack’ and ‘Siyum HaShas’ directional traffic signs side-by-side was widely circulated and...

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Siyum HaShas and the Shufflers

One way in which authentic Judaism differs from societal norms currently in vogue in the Western world is that Judaism abhors the cult of hero-worship. Before you lift your strongest...