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A Brief History Of My Beard

Noon. Thursday. Jan. 31. 2008. I’m at the Robertson branch of the Los Angeles Public Library leafing through the February issue of Commentary magazine. It’s been a few days since I’ve shaved. I stop at an article on the role … Continue reading

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The Community Comes First

I grew up a Protestant. The center of our faith was individual salvation to Heaven. I loved movies that glorified the individual against the group such as 1966’s A Man For All Seasons. When I turned 18, I dropped my … Continue reading

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Modern Orthodox Education aka How Men Can Control Their Sexual Urges

From Hirhurim: There is a fascinating special issue of Meorot (formerly The Edah Journal), guest edited by R. Nathaniel Helfgot and focusing on Modern Orthodox education (link). What follows are rough notes that are even less reliable than my normal … Continue reading

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Hebrew Illiteracy In Jewish Life

Rabbi Gil Student writes: You might recall an opinion piece last February by Dr. Shawn Zelig Aster about the problems he found teaching Bible in Yeshiva University of some students having difficulty reading and understanding Hebrew (link). R. Shalom Z. … Continue reading

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Purity of the Camp

Jonathan Rosenblum writes: RECENTLY, AN ad appeared in the two largest haredi daily newspapers seeking men at least 35 years old with a broad knowledge of Talmud, Halacha and aggada, who also have experience giving classes to audiences from varying … Continue reading

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