Author: Yitzchok Adlerstein

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Fear, Loathing and Orthodox Opportunity

Question: What’s the difference between American Jewish leaders and Donald Trump? Answer: Trump will have Jewish grandchildren. Ouch. Pithily makes the point, doesn’t it? Reminds them who the real Jews are! Really draws the...

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How Others See Us: Certainty and Doubt

Perhaps because of the work I do with non-Jewish communities, I find myself constantly getting a boost from the observations of religious Gentiles about authentic Judaism. A recent exchange seemed too good not to...

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Rosh Hashanah Shiur Available Online

Once again, a melange of material, including Chasam Sofer, Rav Kook, Rav Shamshon Raphael Hirsch, the Lubavitcher Rebbe. A good deal about davening in general. Some dreadful musings about where the world has been...

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Volozhin’s Got Talent!

Pragmatic isolationism vs. an obligation to share the Torah’s vision with non-Jewish Americans. Pose those choices to a group of charedi-identifying yeshiva students who expressed an interest in conservative politics. What would you expect...

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He Never Promised Us A Rose Garden

Tisha B’Av may not be anyone’s favorite, but it may be just what the Good Doctor ordered to treat a very modern malady. Jewish calendar events, we are told[1], are never commemoratives. We don’t...

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Rav Avrohom Powers, z”l

The death of an old friend always comes hard. The impact is lessened when the march of time long ago sent you in different directions. Why, then, did news of the petirah of Rav...