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is JTA's former associate editor.


  • Rabbi: Only messiah can straighten out gay ruling (UPDATED)

    Some more Orthodox responses to this week’s Supreme Court decision on gay marriage.

  • Who’s your rebbe?

    What do you do if a group quotes your rabbi to condemn something you’ve done? Naturally, you quote their rabbi back at them.

  • Short and sweet on gay marriage

    The haredi Orthodox Agudath Israel of America’s take on the gay marriage decision: Society’s mores may shift and crumble but eternal verities exist. One is marriage, the union of a man and a woman.

  • Peres’ lessons learned

    What does Shimon Peres have to teach us after nearly nine decades of life?

  • Careful what you post

    A San Francisco federation employee was let go today for violating company policies requiring preapproval for public communications, the federation CEO said.

  • When [general chaos] is a subtitle (UPDATED)

    Yair Lapid gave his first speech in the Knesset this week and went right for the jugular.

  • With friends like these

    Fox News reports: Federal authorities have accused two upstate New York men of assembling a portable X-ray weapon they intended to use against opponents of Israel.

  • Defending Irwin Cotler

    JTA has received a number of responses to an opinion piece this week suggesting that a Canadian lawmaker and former minister of justice was not involved in broad-based human rights work.

  • For graduates of Avi Weiss’ academy, ordination comes with controversy

    The ordination of three Orthodox women on Sunday was billed as a historic event, but for much of the Orthodox world the move represents a dangerous break with tradition — if not an outright violation of Jewish law.

  • What does an Orthodox woman’s ordination certificate look like?

    Tomorrow, I’ll have a longer story about Rabbi Avi Weiss’ controversial ordination of three Orthodox women on Sunday. But in the meantime, check out the sample ordination certificate, or klaf, provided to one of the first graduates of Yeshivat Maharat, Weiss’ school for the training of women as “rabbinic leaders.”