Monthly Archives: November 2015

Law, Tradition, and “Stare Decisis”

My latest blog post for The Jerusalem Post: Should Orthodox Judaism ordain women as rabbis? The Rabbinical Council of America recently said no, but not based on Jewish law. Instead, it was in deference to tradition: “Due to our aforesaid commitment … Continue reading

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Orthodoxy, Truth, and Half-Belief

My new blog post for The Jerusalem Post: People who have a secular worldview often wonder how Orthodox Jews can believe what they do: for example, that the Torah is literally true, that God commanded all the mitzvot, or that the … Continue reading

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What Is Faith in God?

What does it mean to have faith in God? It’s not a simple question. Lately, I’ve been wrestling with The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs, a book that tries to analyze religious belief from a psychological perspective. The author, Solomon Schimmel, … Continue reading

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