Is It Ok For A Jew To Sit In Starbucks?

Dr. Marc Shapiro reviews three recent books on Rav Ovadiah Yosef: "Since we live today in an era when some rabbis have declared that one should not sit in or buy coffee at a store like Starbucks that has no hashgahah [rabbinic supervision], it is refreshing to read that R. Ovadiah and his students spent time in the coffeehouses of Cairo, where R. Ovadiah may have first developed his love of Arab music."

Rabbi Yosef said that Hurricane Katrina was punishment for the Bush administration supporting withdrawal from Gush Katif. Why was New Orleans selected? Because blacks live there and they don’t study Torah.

I never thought of that.

About Luke Ford

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