About the Author


Rabbi Avi Shafran

Avi Shafran blogs at rabbiavishafran.com and serves as Agudath Israel of America’s director of public affairs


The Sanctity of Life: A Jewish Perspective

The Californian judge was right to overturn the law legalizing physician-assisted suicide.

Mosque Vandalism: The Jewish Connection

There are hateful people, but also simple-minded misguided ones. And they can change.

It's Time for Jews and Blacks to Overcome Bigotry and Come Together

The targeting of our two peoples should impel us to understand just how connected we are.

Was the Holocaust a Uniquely Jewish Tragedy?

The extermination of the Jews was not a means to any end; it was an end in itself.

Wealth Addiction

When a $3.6 million bonus isn’t enough.

Bubba, the Anti-Semite

He’s right about one thing: there is a Jewish plot.

A Prayer of the Jewish People

An ancient prayer for contemporary times.

Is Anybody There?

New studies demonstrate how people thought to be in an irreversible “vegetative” state showed signs of full consciousness.

Cremation: A Burning Issue

Even after death, the body is a holy vessel that deserves respect.

Blowing Up Synagogues

The recent arrest of two NY terrorists reminds us to give thanks to the Guardian of the Jewish People.

Moses and the Pope

The recent beatification of Pope John Paul II highlights Judaism's unique basis of belief.

The Jewish Mission

Theodore Sorensen and the Jewish drive to change the world.

Scapegoat

Meaning or randomness: confronting mutually exclusive worldviews on Yom Kippur.

Great Expectations

During the first days of the Jewish year everything matters.

Emmanuel: Ethnic Prejudice?

It is neither ethnic nor prejudice. Here are the facts.

Someone's There

Patients thought to be in a vegetative state were demonstrated to be hearing and thinking.

The Allure of Kol Nidrei

Getting to the essence of who we really are.

Embarrassing Actions

Whatever a Jew does reflects the entire Jewish people.

The Nature of Nature

What's the difference between nature and the miraculous?

Terrorized Times

The New York Times refusal to use the word 'terrorist.'

Deconstructing Dayeinu

Would it really have been enough?

Brazen New World

Ending a human life is not a medical decision, it's a moral one.

Survivors

Holocaust memorials usually fail to convey something vital: Europe's Jews didn't just die; they lived, too.

The Sukkah Still Stands

No matter how vulnerable our physical fortresses may be, we give harbor to neither despair nor insecurity.

Soulless

The Greeks thought that physicality was a primary goal of man.

Partial - Birth "Abortion"

Do you know what act the law is addressing?

Killing Me Softly

Has the sanctity of human life become passe?

The Anger of the Atheists

If morality and ethics are rendered meaningless, how's a principled atheist supposed to respond to injustice?

The Indignity of Atheism

One who sees only random forces behind why we humans find ourselves here is ultimately bound only by his wants.

Misleading Times

No one should be permitted to deny what is perhaps the most ancient and legitimate claim of any people on any piece of land. Not even The New York Times.

Random Suffering?

Not a chance. Adversity -- wherever it strikes, whomever it takes and whomever its spares -- always has a reason, even when it cannot be discerned.

Burning Issue

Israel's first crematorium opens for business. What would Moses say?

Verbal Violence

More media bias from the New York Times. This time unrelated to the Middle East.

Immoral Equivalence

The Jews and their enemies today are no more morally equivalent than are the Peace Corps and Al Qaeda.

No Thanks, Mr. Gandhi

I reject your apology because you have missed the point of why your post was so offensive.

Mel, Kofi and Me

Like soft drinks and poison, anti-Semitism comes in various flavors and strengths.

Whose Abraham?

An interfaith superstar?

Trains

Contrasting our problems with the difficulties previous Jewish generations had to endure puts some things in to perspective.

Gaza and Redemption

True justice will be brought with Jewish observance, Jewish study, Jewish tears, Jewish love.

Chosen

It's not our Intelligence Quotients that count, but our Righteousness Quotients.

Super Powers

As a quadriplegic, Christopher Reeve demonstrated heroic powers.

Sublimating Strife

The fighting in Fallujah may have deep biblical roots

Creatures and Teachers

Maimonides' mystifying rodent and the limits of science.

The Conversion Vaccine

The best defense to the ambitious "Jews for Jesus" missionary campaign.

Life Itself

In the Netherlands emotional pain is sufficient legal justification to assist in one's suicide. What is happening to the immeasurable value in human life?

Why A.B.Yehoshua Is Wrong

Maybe, just maybe, Judaism -- Jewish belief and practice as prescribed by the Jewish religious tradition -- is the key to Jewish continuity.

Bar Mitzvah Motivators

The concept of "bar mitzvah" has drifted incredibly far from its true meaning in these materialistic times.

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