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Title Publication Date
An Inversion of Morality Jerusalem Post, Yated Ne'eman July 25, 2014
Parashas Ma'asei -- Glad Not to be Prime Minister Netanyahu; Miracles All Around Mishpacha Magazine July 23, 2014
Parashas Mattos -- We Were Robbed; Rosenblum's Rule Revisted Mishpacha Magazine July 18, 2014
The Anti-Eyal, Naftali, and Gil-ad Jerusalem Post, Yated Ne'eman July 11, 2014
Parashas Chukas 5774 -- Ana Hashem, Bring Our Brothers Home Mishpacha Magazine June 27, 2014
Parashas Korach 5774 -- A Prediction Fulfilled --Sadly: Marriage: Not to be Taken for Granted Mishpacha Magazine June 18, 2014
A Different Kind of Prisoner Exchange Jerusalem Post June 13, 2014
Parshas Beha'aloscha -- The Uses and Misuses of Mortality; The Power of Seemingly Small Messages Mishpacha Magazine June 11, 2014
Naso 5774 -- To Each His Portion in Torah; For the Love of Another Jew Mishpacha Magazine June 2, 2014
Parashas Nasso 5774 -- Toxic Envy; A Special Siyum Mishpacha Magazine May 30, 2014
Be'Chukosaid 5774 -- For the Love of Jews Mishpacha Magazine May 16, 2014
Rashi Was Right Jerusalem Post May 2, 2014
Emor 5774 -- Of Barriers and Blame Mishpacha Magazine April 30, 2014
Kedoshim 5774 -- Taking the Reins of Torah Leadership; Who Wants to be Like Us?; Upshlugged, Happily Mishpacha Magazine April 25, 2014
Tzav 5774 -- A Brutal King Like Haman; A Moshol for Every Baal Teshuva; NY Times vs. Thomas Friedman March 22, 2014
VaYikra 5774 -- Belated Confirmation; An Atzeres Tefillah Mishpacha Magazine March 6, 2014
VaYakel 5774 -- Rabbi Dovid Keleti: A Jew with a Mission Mishpacha Magazine February 19, 2014
Ki Sisa 5774 -- Shlach Lachmecha; Another Lesson from the Gross Tragedy; Barry Rubin, a"h Mishpacha Magazine February 11, 2014
Why Would Anyone Care Who Yair Netanyahu is Dating? CNN On-liine February 6, 2014
Parashas Mishpatim 5774 -- Facts Trump Theory; What Sam Taught us All Mishpacha Magazine January 24, 2014
Parashas Be'Shelach 5774 -- The Real Threat to Orthodoxy; Generosity of Spirit Mishpacha Magazine January 8, 2014
Parashas Bo 5774 Mishpacha Magazine January 3, 2014
To Provide and Protect Mishpacha Magazine December 13, 2013
MiKeitz 5774 -- No Standing in Place: Keeping the Lights Burning Moshpacha Magazine December 4, 2013
VaYishlach 5774 Mishpacha Magazine November 15, 2013
VaYeitzei 5774 Mishpacha Magazine November 8, 2013
Parashas Toldos 5774 -- Judaism in not a Smorgasbord; We are all losers Mishpacha Magazine November 1, 2013
Chaye Sarah 5774 -- Some Good News for a Change; Who is a Racist? Mishpacha Magazine October 25, 2013
Erev Sukkos 5774 Mishpacha Magazine September 18, 2013
Erev Yom Kippur 5774 -- Kavod Shomayim or Public Relations? Mishpacha Magazine September 13, 2013
Erev Rosh Hashanah 5774 Mishpacha Magazine September 3, 2013
Ki Savo 5773 -- The Lessons of Outremont; Getting off the Conveyor Belt Mishpacha Magazine August 23, 2013
Ki Savo 5773 -- The Lessons of Outremont; Getting off the Conveyor Belt Mishpacha Magazine August 23, 2013
Ki Seitzei 5773 -- Envying the Ger; Why the Smile Mishpacha Magazine August 16, 2013
Parashas Shoftim 5773 -- Dealing with Struggling Teens: The Chief Rabbinate Elections Mishpacha Magazine August 9, 2013
Re'eh 5773 -- The Rebbi You Wish You Had; An Ounce of Protection Mishpacha Magazine August 2, 2013
Mashiach Did Not Arrive -- Again Mishpacha Magazine July 19, 2013
Parashas Devarim 5773 -- Enough Torah?; True Arichus Yamim Mishpacha Magazine July 12, 2013
Parashas Balak 5773 Mishpacha June 19, 2013
Eternity Envy Jerusalem Post May 31, 2013
Be'halosecha 5773 -- Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory; This Scandal Has Legs Mishpacha Magazine May 24, 2013
The Feminist Story the Media Missed at the Kotel Jerusalem Post May 17, 2013
BaMidbar 5773 -- Apology to Rabbi Ilan Feldman; Meet Richard Falk; A Shavuos Initiative Mishpacha Magazine May 10, 2013
Sincerity is Not Enough Jerusalem Post, Yated Ne'eman April 19, 2013
Letting Go of Hatred Jerusalem Post March 29, 2013
Erev Pesach 5773 -- All Comparisons are Invidious Mishpacha Magazine March 22, 2013
VaYikra 5773 -- Israelis Seek to Fill The Black Hole of the Soul; Extraordinary Ordinary People Mishpacha Magazine March 15, 2013
VaYakel-Pekudei 5773 Mishpacha Magazine March 8, 2013
Yisro 5773 -- Why Prosecute; The Man from Vilna Mishpacha Magazine February 1, 2013
Beshelach 5773 -- A World of Abundance or One of Scarcity; Mrs. Chana Scherman, a"h Mishpacha Magazine January 16, 2013
The State of Kiruv Today Mishpacha Magazine January 4, 2013
The Religious Mindset Jerusalem Post, Yated Ne'eman December 29, 2012
Va'yechi 5773 -- Too Early to Celebrate; A Lesson from Senator Daniel Inouye Mishpacha Magazine December 29, 2012
Towards a Kavod Shomayim Consciousness Mishpacha Magazine December 13, 2012
Va'yeishev 5773 -- What Makes a Really Great Shiur; Elef L'Mateh, Elef L'Mateh Mishpacha Magazine December 7, 2012
Va'Yishlach 5773 -- No More Pinnys; Gaza as Metaphor Mishpacha Magazine November 30, 2012
Toldos 5773 -- Davening for Mitt? Mishpacha Magazine November 16, 2012
.Va'yeira 5773 -- The Case for Optimism; Overcoming Adversity Mishpacha Magazine November 2, 2012
Parashas Lech Lecha 5773 -- Go to ... Yourself; Fix the Debate Format Mishpacha Magazine October 26, 2012
Parashas Bereishis 5773 -- Obama Betrayed by Media Adulation; Our Most Precious Possession -- Self-Control Mishpacha October 12, 2012
Parashas Va'Yeilech -- Out of My Element: A Glowing Chassan Mishpacha Magazine September 20, 2012
Intergrating the Ba'alei Teshuva (part of a symposium) Mishpacha Magazine September 13, 2012
Ki Savo 5772 -- The Best Case for Obama: A Shocking Forgivemenss Mishpacha Magazine September 5, 2012
Ki Setzei 5772 -- Are Our Kids Ready for Marriage? Mishpacha Magazine August 29, 2012
Parashas Devarim 5772 -- Appreciating What We Have Mishpacha Magazine August 3, 2012
Parashas Devarim 5772 -- Don't Build Up by Putting Down; The Cabdriver Has the Last Word; The Tolna Rebbe on a Lack of Hakaras Hatov Mishpacha Magazine July 25, 2012
Our Own Worst Enemies Yated Ne'eman July 20, 2012
Our Own Worst Enemies Yated Ne'eman July 20, 2012
Parashas Pinchas 5772 -- Our Walls Have Been Breached; Small Actions Big Results Mishpacha Magazine July 6, 2012
Parashas Balak 5772 -- Why we are drawn to humiliy; Admitting we don't know; Leave it to the Experts Mishpacha Magazine July 4, 2012
Kedoshim 5772 -- CBS's Journalistic Malpractice; It's Hard to Say Thank You Mishpacha Magazine May 2, 2012
Acharei Mos 5772 -- Self-Confidence vs. Self-Esteem; Identity Theft Mishpacha Magazine April 25, 2012
Tazria-Metzorah 5772: The "Blue Model" and Torah Jewry; A Parenting Nugget from Rav Sheinberg, zt"l, Reset on Israel after the Elections Mishpacha Magazine April 18, 2012
Erev Pesach 5772 -- True Independence; Are These Not Jewish Children?; An Apt Comparison Mishpacha Magazine April 6, 2012
It's Not About the Internet; It's About Us Mishpacha Magazine March 7, 2012
Ki Tzaveh 5772 -- Obamacare and Religious Liberty; The Failure to Condemn the Crazies; Are Chareidim Accident Prone? Mishpacha Magazine February 28, 2012
Beshelach 5772 -- Titanic II and Yeridos Hadoros; A Tale of Two Bus Rides; Minority Mandate Mishpacha Magazine February 1, 2012
Bo 5772 -- Israeli Supreme Court Affirms Self-Preservation; Defeating the Terrorists Within; Comrades-in-Arms Mishpacha Magazine January 25, 2012
Ve'eira -- Why pick on tzniyus?; Beit Shemesh Metaphor Alert; Feminists against women Mishpacha Magazine January 20, 2012
Va'Yigash 5772 -- Getting Out to Go Up; Hammering Hammerman Mishpacha Magazine December 30, 2011
First, let's calm down Jerusalem Post December 23, 2011
False Zealotry and its Vicitims Mishpacha Magazine December 21, 2011
Va'yetzei 5772 -- Are We Viewing the Past through Rose-Colored Glasses?; When a Tzaddik Leave the City Mishpacha Magazine November 30, 2011
Talmud Study and the Liberal Arts Jerusalem Post November 11, 2011
Arichas Yomim Yated Ne'eman September 26, 2011
Pinchos 5771 -- The Emptiness is Total; Modern Greeks; Sarah Can Write Mishpacha Magazine July 13, 2011
Balak 5771 -- The Rav-Talmid Relationship; Holding the Torah World to its Own Standards: The Limits of Hypocrisy Mishpacha Magazine July 6, 2011
Korach 5771 -- Something New, Something Old; Look Who's Dancing; Canadian Jews Change Course Mishpacha Magazine June 22, 2011
Parashas Nasso 5771 -- Why Bother Debating?; Everyone Needs a Mussar Mentor; Who's Brain Dead? Mishpacha Magazine June 18, 2011
Shelach 5771 -- Don't Judge a Parent by the Child: Follow the Money; "Pro-Israel J Street's Interesting Friends; Too Old to Fight Mishpacha Magazine June 15, 2011
Parashas Behar 5771 -- Osama Memorial Issue Mishpacha Magazine May 11, 2011
Mishpacha -- Emor 5771: The Secret of Orthodox Happiness; Where Does President Peres Stand?; A Tasty Metaphor Mishpacha Magazine April 27, 2011
Acharie Mos/Pesach 5771 -- Why Did Goldstone Retract: No Diamond Ring for the Kallah; Mishpacha Magazine April 13, 2011
Happiness Can't be Pursued Jerusalem Post April 8, 2011
VaYikra 5771 Mishpacha Magazine April 3, 2011
Va'Yakhel 5771 -- Bullying; My Son Works; Authoritarians vs. Totalitarians Mishpacha Magazine February 23, 2011
Hard Cases Make Bad Law Jerusalem Post February 18, 2011
Parashas Terumah 5771 -- Three on Kiruv and Ba'alei Teshuva February 2, 2011
Bo 5771 -- A Closed Mouth and a Blind Eye: Jonathan Pollard Mishpacha Magazine January 5, 2011
Va'eira 5771 -- Feeling the Tza'ar of Klal Yisrael; Men of Vision; The Good Guys Win Mishpacha Magazine December 30, 2010
Shemos 5771 -- Nixon-Kissinger Tape; Rabbis' Letter; Wikileaks Mishpacha Magazine December 23, 2010
Va'Yechi -- Defending Eli Yishai; How not to Explain Tragedy Mishpacha Magazine December 16, 2010
MiKeitz -- TSA pat-downs, abdicating parents, bureaucratic favoritism Mishpacha Magazine November 30, 2010
For the Sake of Klal Yisrael Jerusalem Post November 13, 2010
Va'yatzei November 12, 2010
Toldos 5771 Mishpacha November 3, 2010
Erev Sukkos (Mishpacha 327) Mishpacha Magazine September 20, 2010
Three on Yom Kippur Mispacha (Issue 326. Erev Yom Kippur) September 15, 2010
Mishpacha Blog 324 -- Parashas Nitzavim-Vayeleich Mishpacha Magazine September 1, 2010
The Burka Ban and Us Mishpacha Magazine August 4, 2010
The Price of Exclusion Mishpacha Magazine July 23, 2010
It's not what you say, but how you say it The Jerusalem Post July 9, 2010
Legal Follies Mishpacha Magazine July 7, 2010
How will we be remembered Mishpacha Magazine July 1, 2010
Whither Contemplation? Mishpacha Magazine June 25, 2010
Preliminary reflections on politics and religion Mishpacha Magazine June 18, 2010
Avoiding Corruption in Shidduchim Yated Ne'eman June 18, 2010
Confronting the Zeitgeist Head-On The Jerusalem Post June 11, 2010
Mr. Klal Yisrael May 13, 2010
The Gym is Only a Metaphor Mishpacha Magazine March 17, 2010
Just because it's the right thing to do March 10, 2010
The Gedolim Declare War on the Internet Jerusalem Post March 3, 2010
Are We Asking the Right Questions/ Mishpacha Magazine January 20, 2010
Above All -- Don't Make a Chilul Hashem Yated Neeman December 30, 2009
Tiger and Us Jerusalem Post December 24, 2009
Double Messages Mishpacha Magazine November 11, 2009
Taking Responsibility -- Part II Mishpacha Magazine November 3, 2009
Taking Responsibility -- Part II Mishpacha Magazine November 3, 2009
Confronting the Shidduch Crisis Jerusalem Post November 3, 2009
Taking Responsibility -- Part I Mishpacha Magazine October 25, 2009
Shortchanging Our Children Mishpacha Magazine September 4, 2009
For Your Name which was desecrated Mishpacha Magazine August 5, 2009
Random Thoughts on a New Scandal Mishpacha July 29, 2009
Just Because It's the Right Thing to Do Mishpacha Magazine July 16, 2009
On Making New Friends Mishpacha Magazine June 24, 2009
Caught Betwixt and Between Mishpacha June 17, 2009
What Uri Benenfeld Teaches Us Mishpacha Magazine May 26, 2009
Quality Counts More Than Size The Jerusalem Post May 14, 2009
Who Feels Chosen? The Jerusalem Post April 24, 2009
In Praise of Marriage Jerusalem Post March 27, 2009
Making the Torah Real February 12, 2009
Uncle Bernie as Metaphor Mishpacha December 30, 2008
Living with Fear Mishpacha December 3, 2008
Spared the Responsibility Mishpacha October 23, 2008
Lessons from the Grave Jerusalem Post August 21, 2008
Making Room for Hashem Mishpacha August 20, 2008
Think Green Mishpacha July 30, 2008
Think again: The devolving value of life Jerusalem Post July 10, 2008
HIS BATTLE IS OUR BATTLE Mishpacha July 9, 2008
We are all Broadcasters Mishpacha May 21, 2008
Next Time, in Joy Mishpacha March 19, 2008
Let Freedom Ring Mishpacha January 24, 2008
Man and Beast Mishpacha November 22, 2007
The Necessity of Choice Mishpacha November 11, 2007
Jews as a Nation Jerusalem Post October 31, 2007
More than the Calf Wants to Nurse Mishpacha October 31, 2007
The End of the Bargain Jerusalem Post October 7, 2007
What the Snake Knew Mishpacha October 3, 2007
Coercion is not Chinuch Mishpacha August 29, 2007
Torah Extremism and its Opposite Mishpacha June 13, 2007
Negating the Past, Dishonoring the Present Hamodia June 6, 2007
Mourning Works Jerusalem Post May 3, 2007
Every Editorialist a Posek Mishpacha May 2, 2007
In the Presence of the Shechinah Mishpacha April 24, 2007
Rabbis are not pooper-scoopers Jerusalem Post April 20, 2007
Unconditional Love Not Unconditional Praise Mishpacha March 21, 2007
Smart Kids and Praise Jerusalem Post March 21, 2007
It's the effort that counts Mishpacha March 14, 2007
Jewish Intellectuals - Then and Now Yated Ne'eman March 7, 2007
On believers and empiricism Jerusalem Post February 22, 2007
Look Before You Leap Mishpacha February 14, 2007
Free Will and its Deniers Jerusalem Post January 26, 2007
The Price of Deception Mishpacha January 17, 2007
Who really gives? Jerusalem Post January 11, 2007
Who Really Gives? Yated Ne'eman January 10, 2007
Saddam, the Pope and Ahmadinjead Maariv January 8, 2007
A Time to Hate Jerusalem Post January 4, 2007
A Time to Hate Yated Ne'eman January 3, 2007
Holocaust Denial is No Joke Yated Ne'eman December 20, 2006
Mr. Dawkins Misfires Jerusalem Post December 14, 2006
Contemplating Israel's Demise Mishpacha November 8, 2006
Hashem Helps the Givers Mishpacha October 18, 2006
Talking nonsense about religion Jerusalem Post October 2, 2006
The Chazon Ish's Advice for Columnists Mishpacha September 13, 2006
Rot Spreads Jerusalem Post August 25, 2006
'Sexualizing' the public square Jerusalem Post July 13, 2006
The Threat on our Doorstep Mishpacha July 12, 2006
The power of bias Mishpacha March 22, 2006
Sociobiology isn't science Jerusalem Post March 9, 2006
Think Again: Charlie Darwin's angels Jerusalem Post January 12, 2006
Darwinism – Science or Secular Religion? January 11, 2006
A Time to Hate Jerusalem Post January 4, 2006
Think Again: Communal obligations Jerusalem Post December 15, 2005
Call Me Gramps Mishpacha October 27, 2005
The price of success Mishpacha August 25, 2005
Legal torment in Rechovot Hamodia June 10, 2005
Instilling a positive outlook Mishpacha June 9, 2005
Deformed "rights" Jerusalem Post April 8, 2005
Choose life Hamodia April 1, 2005
Taking Torah seriously Mishpacha January 19, 2005
Nature's mirror Jerusalem Post January 14, 2005
The tsunami and us London Jewish Tribune January 5, 2005
My great week Mishpacha January 5, 2005
Rethinking cell phones Mishpacha December 22, 2004
An educational alternative Jerusalem Post October 8, 2004
Two models of education Mishpacha August 2, 2004
Mea culpa Mishpacha July 30, 2004
Senator Brownback's speech Maariv July 23, 2004
Senator Brownback's visit Mishpacha July 23, 2004
Lapid the ignoramus Hamodia July 21, 2004
Freedom and its enemies London Jewish Tribune April 23, 2004
Liberty, not libertinism Jerusalem Post April 23, 2004
Educating our children according to their way Mishpacha March 12, 2004
When do we relate to reality? Hamodia January 7, 2004
Pork in the "Jewish State" Maariv December 11, 2003
Late and unlamented Jerusalem Post August 22, 2003
Stop the demonstrations for G-d’s sake Jerusalem Post July 11, 2003
What you see is what you get Jerusalem Post May 23, 2003
Why Ramon's memory deserves to be honored Hamodia February 14, 2003
Is the Chareidi press good for us? Mishpacha December 19, 2002
Conservatism's incredible shrinking deity Jerusalem Post September 6, 2002
Jewish law and neopaganism Jerusalem Post June 21, 2002
Grateful for being chosen Jerusalem Post June 7, 2002
Jewish pagans Baltimore Jewish Times May 31, 2002
Grateful for being chosen Jerusalem Post Int'l Edition May 31, 2002
On the passage of time and forgiveness Jerusalem Post Int'l Edition January 18, 2002
Shai's big hit Jerusalem Post International Edition May 18, 2001
The pitfalls of sex without love Jerusalem Post May 11, 2001
Sincerity is not the issue Jerusalem Post July 7, 2000
The cure for Jewish divorce: no more marriage Jerusalem Post June 2, 2000
The quest for completion Jerusalem Post December 31, 1999
Love sweeter than wine Jerusalem Post December 24, 1999
Happiness ain't fun Jerusalem Post December 4, 1998
Joseph Lieberman, Jewish hero Jerusalem Post September 18, 1998
The fragility of trust Jerusalem Post August 28, 1998
A mitzva for everyone Jerusalem Post July 24, 1998
Bill's problem and ours Jerusalem Post February 6, 1998
What if G-d really exists? Jerusalem Post January 16, 1998
The tie that binds Jerusalem Post October 1, 1997
The blasts of repentance Jerusalem Post September 12, 1997
Truth with a capital T Jerusalem Post September 5, 1997
The will to disbelieve Jerusalem Post August 29, 1997
Bite your tongue Jerusalem Post August 1, 1997

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