Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Dialogue Disseminates Daring Discourse - Dialogue For Torah Issues & Ideas Volume 7 Summer 5777/2017

Wow. After another long hiatus in publishing, Dialogue 7 has suddenly appeared, in what appears to be a watershed event in Frum publications, akin to the famous OTD issue of the Jewish Observer.

Over half of the issue is dedicated to the complex issue of Child Sex Abuse (CSA).

We have definitely come a long way since a generation ago when no one discussed these matters, or thought that the children should just get over it. Many of the psychologists view CSA as "Murder of the Soul", and explain that children that have drinking problems, suicidal thougths or OTD leanings, are almost as a rule have all been abused. Kudos to Dialogue for dedicating over 100 pages to remedy this situation.

Other articles focus on the Emunah debate. Should one have Emunah Peshuta or should one be able to question and be given satisfactory answers?
Dr. Jonathan Ostroff explains why he dislikes Reuven Shmeltzer's book on Emunah (Peshuta).

Rabbi Eytan Feiner is back with one of his delicious discourses regarding the splitting up of the Makkos into two Parshiyos.

Rabbi David Rosenthal discusses his book on Open Orthodoxy, and shows definitively why it is not Orthodox.

This issue is a MUST read.


A Message to Humanity - Hamashkif

Child Sex Abuse in the Frum Community - An Overview - Rabbi Aharon Lopiansky, et al.

Securing Our Tents, Protecting Our Future - Rabbi Aharon Yoel Sorcher

The Emunah Debate - Rabbi Aharon Feldman

Review of The Heart of Emunah - Jonathan S. Ostroff, Ph.D

The Mitzvah of Emunah and Personal Investigation - Rabbi Jeremy Kagan

Noah and Avraham: Two Levels of Belief - Rabbi Aharon Feldman

The Lure of the Loyal Locusts: The End of the Ten Plagues - Rabbi Eytan Feiner

Derech Eytz HaChaim - Is Ramchal Its Author? - Rabbi Abba Zvi Naiman

Why Open Orthodoxy is not Orthodox - The Aftermath - Rabbi David Rosenthal

Letters to the Editor


Dialogue I
Dialogue II
Dialogue III
Dialogue IV
Dialogue V
Dialogue VI

Monday, August 28, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Heaps H2O...Help Houston's Hebrews


Donations for the Jewish Community can be sent to Agudath Israel’s offices at 42 Broadway, 14 th Floor, New York, NY 10004 (checks should be made out to Agudath Israel but marked “Disaster Relief Fund”). Electronic donations can be made at agudathisrael.org – with “Disaster Relief Fund” typed into in the “comments”

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Recalcitrant Rebel? Response Required!

A dad of the year has come up with the perfect solution to get his forgetful son to text him back – an app that forces kids to respond.
“ReplyASAP,” the new app invented by Nick Herbert, obstructs the recipient’s phone and sets off an alarm until a text or call is returned – even if the cell is on silent mode.

It also notifies users when the recipient has seen the incoming message – giving some relief to worried parents whose children simply won’t contact them back.

“My son has an iPhone, but I still can’t get hold of him very easily as it’s always on silent because he is planning games or has been at school and forgotten to turn the sound back on,” Herbert told GoodHousekeeping.com of his school-aged son Ben in an interview published this week.

“There didn’t seem to be a solution out there that allowed me to send a message to him, that would override the silent function, appear over whatever he was doing and tell me when he had seen it,” Herbert said.

Herbert decided to create the app out “frustrations with current messaging apps,” he wrote on the website for ReplyASAP.

“There are messaging apps that tell you when a message is delivered and seen, but the point is the message can be ignored or not seen because he didn’t hear it,” wrote Herbert.

His son has even taken to the app.

“It gives him the freedom to keep his phone on silent, but with the knowledge that I can get a message to him if necessary,” Herbert told Goodhousekeeping.com.

“ReplyASAP” is currently available for Andriod and will soon be available on iOS.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Korea's Killer Kim Keels

Speak harshly and carry a big stick. Thanks Donald.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Fakenews? Faceless FlatbushGirl Fights FJJ For Female Fotos

The June 29 issue of the Flatbush Jewish Journal had me scratching my head. Page 25 featured a picture of Councilman Deutsch amongst other Askanim presenting an award to an emoji-faced female. What was bothering me was the discrepancy in the picture, in that it was titled Flatbush Boy, but the certificate itself said Flatbush Girl.

The answer came today in one of NYC's tabloids...it seems that the FJJ rejected the original ad because it pictured a female, which goes against their policy.

I can understand their policy, but it seems ironic that the same issue of FJJ, which featured many pages exalting the life of R Meir Zlotowitz, does not follow his lead and allow for normalcy in frum publications.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Bashevkin's Bemusings Blast British

Seen in Yated Magazine 15 Sivan 5777 June 9 2017

When I was just a little boy
Years before a zaidy
They used to sing about a bridge
It ended "My Fair Lady"

I'm not sure what the lyrics meant
Nor anyone in town
We were not sure just what they
Meant "The bridge is falling down"

I know that some
May crunch their nose
Is Bashevkin making jokes?
So for the young yeshivashers
Just ask the older folks

Yes "London Bridge is falling down"
As terrorists run wild
And once again the world cares not
Reaction only mild

Of course they say it's horrible
As blood fills up the Thames
With statements, tweets and sound bites
Again the world "condemns"

The vans are plowing on the bridge
And madmen run with knives
And Europe's Western culturals
Are running for their lives

And still they say that our prez
Has not, his mind, set straight
I think they ought to listen
Before it is too late

Manhattan, too, has bridges
In Queens and Brooklyn town
Do you think London's the only place
Where the bridge is falling down?

Meracheim al achzarim
You know what's next for you
Don't think for your sweet gestures
They won't come after you

Keep criticizing Israel
The way they do react
How many bridges will have to fall
Before you see the fact?

Once the world's most powerful
The seat of Europe's throne
And now the terror that they see
Is partially homegrown

Like little kids who prophesy
And don't know what they say
London Bridge is falling down
Oh yes! Has come the day

The lyrics of the silly poem
Remember I do not
But there are some lines
That thankfully I still have not forgot

I never knew
Just what they meant
We sang them anyway
They meant nothing in Sixty-one
But they mean something today!

I don't remember all the rhymes
B"H they left my kup
But one of them still resonates

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