Converts: Should We Attract Them, or Discourage Them?

Garut 1.         There seems to be two schools of thought to converts.             a.         We should attract them             b.         Discourage them 2.         One statement in the Talmud which best describes the argument “converts are as hard for Israel as a sore” 3.         The simple meaning is that they are outsiders and therefore not

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Conversion Confusion

Israel’s Orthodox Rabbinate has been under siege of late, over the issue – once again – of conversion.  And once again as well, the media abound with misinformation.  This time, though, some of it is being supplied by Orthodox rabbis. Writing in the Jerusalem Post, the retiring

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‘Married’ and The Mob

Author: Rabbi Avi Shafran From the agitation and anger of the crowds, the din of the car horns and the shouts of “Civil rights now!” and “Bigots!” one would have been forgiven for thinking that the protesters were denouncing some horrific assault on human freedom. But no,

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Think Again: Half the Story

September, 06 2001 (September 6) The hottest buzz at the recent Jerusalem Film Festival surrounded Sandi DuBowski’s Trembling Before G-d, a documentary about Jews from Orthodox backgrounds dealing with their homosexuality. The film has become the subject of a massive international promotional campaign. No one would deny the

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Homosexuality

Torah prohibits Homosexual activity in the strongest terms: “You shall not lie with man as with woman…It is an abomination.” Since person has no choice but to be a homosexual, how can you oppose his actions?The causes of homosexuality are debatable even within Jewish literature whether it

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