An Orthodox friend explains to me why he doesn’t trust converts or baalei teshuva (returnees to Judaism): "Someone shows up to Canfield Elementary School with a lulav and says, shake this and you’ll go to Heaven. Suddenly the kid comes home and he wants to be Orthodox. You have another sucker into the Jewish fold. That’s Judaism. You want to get them while they’re young. At the core, it’s irrational to convert to Judaism, unless you’re leading an empty life and you want to remake yourself because you hate how you are."
"Luke Ford reports all of the 'juicy' quotes, and has been doing it for years." (Marc B. Shapiro)
"This guy knows all the gossip, the ins and outs, the lashon hara of the Orthodox world. He’s an [expert] in... all the inner workings of the Orthodox world." (Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff)
"This generation's Hillel." (Nathan Cofnas)