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Orthodox Jews

Dating at Different Levels of Observance - I have met a man who is religiously observant. I grew up Reform and am now trying to learn more about being observant. This man and I have amazing chemistry. He appreciates that I am taking classes to learn more, and... More
Is Jewish Law Unchanging? - I am writing to take issue with some language in your Ask the Rabbi answers that I personally believe is loaded in a way designed to lend a degree of certitude to one viewpoint that I don't believe history or logic... More
Married at Different Levels of Observance - My husband and I have been married for two years, happily. I am Orthodox and he is not. He has learned how to make Kiddush and say Grace After Meals (with transliteration), and happily accompanies me to peoples' homes... More
Niturei Karta - I saw a video of Orthodox Jews cavorting in Iran with Iranian President (and Jew-hater) Ahmadinejad. Apparently these "rabbis" were there to attend a Holocaust denial conference. What gives?! More
Observant Child in Non-Observant Family - I’m 15 years old and have really gotten into Judaism. The problem is that my parents (who are both Jewish) think that religion is bad. I started wearing a kippah and they freaked out. Keeping Shabbat is nearly... More
Orthodox Clothes - On a recent visit to New York I was quite shocked to see that Orthodox Jews still walking the streets with black hats, long coats, beards and peyos. Why is it necessary to be so behind the times? More
Orthodox Sinners - It happened again. I opened the newspaper to find that an Orthodox "rabbi" was arrested on corruption charges, suspected of passing bribes to a local official. What is going on with these people? They hold... More
Pursuit of Truth - On a recent trip to Israel I spent time with my yeshiva-educated cousins. I have a lot of respect for their devotion and dedication to their beliefs. On the other hand, as a Reform Jew, I was really bothered by the... More
Shabbat-Observant Politicians? - After the nomination of Sen. Joseph Lieberman as the first Jewish Vice-Presidential candidate - and a Shabbat observant one at that! - one question raised was his ability to conduct affairs of state only six days a... More
Torah Study - Prioritized - I've noticed that some Orthodox Jews downplay the need for secular knowledge. They don't seem to talk about the need for computer technology, artistic inclinations, or national defense. There seems to be a singular... More
Who is a Zionist? - I try to keep up on Israeli politics and I will sometimes see a reference to "non-Zionist Orthodox parties." I don’t understand how people who live in Israel can be "non-Zionists." What is the... More
Yeshiva Students and Army Service - Why do most yeshiva students not serve in the Israeli army? More

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