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Rabbi Avi Shafran

Rabbi Shafran, who serves as Agudath Israel of America's director of public affairs, blogs at rabbiavishafran.com

Wealth Addiction

Wealth Addiction

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When a $3.6 million bonus isn’t enough.


Bubba, the Anti-Semite

Bubba, the Anti-Semite

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


A Prayer of the Jewish People

A Prayer of the Jewish People

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An ancient prayer for contemporary times.


Is Anybody There?

Is Anybody There?

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


Cremation: A Burning Issue

Cremation: A Burning Issue

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


Blowing Up Synagogues

Blowing Up Synagogues

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


Moses and the Pope

Moses and the Pope

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


The Jewish Mission

The Jewish Mission

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Theodore Sorensen and the Jewish drive to change the world.


Scapegoat

Scapegoat

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


Great Expectations

Great Expectations

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During the first days of the Jewish year everything matters.


Emmanuel: Ethnic Prejudice?

Emmanuel: Ethnic Prejudice?

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


Someone's There

Someone's There

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


The Allure of Kol Nidrei

The Allure of Kol Nidrei

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Getting to the essence of who we really are.


Embarrassing Actions

Embarrassing Actions

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Whatever a Jew does reflects the entire Jewish people.


The Nature of Nature

The Nature of Nature

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What's the difference between nature and the miraculous?


Terrorized Times

Terrorized Times

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


Deconstructing Dayeinu

Deconstructing Dayeinu

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Would it really have been enough?


Brazen New World

Brazen New World

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


Survivors

Survivors

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


The Sukkah Still Stands

The Sukkah Still Stands

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


Soulless

Soulless

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


Partial - Birth

Partial - Birth "Abortion"

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Do you know what act the law is addressing?


Killing Me Softly

Killing Me Softly

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Has the sanctity of human life become passe?


The Anger of the Atheists

The Anger of the Atheists

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


The Indignity of Atheism

The Indignity of Atheism

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


Misleading Times

Misleading Times

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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?

Random Suffering?

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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

Burning Issue

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


Verbal Violence

Verbal Violence

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


Immoral Equivalence

Immoral Equivalence

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


No Thanks, Mr. Gandhi

No Thanks, Mr. Gandhi

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


Mel, Kofi and Me

Mel, Kofi and Me

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


Whose Abraham?

Whose Abraham?

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An interfaith superstar?


Trains

Trains

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


Gaza and Redemption

Gaza and Redemption

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


Chosen

Chosen

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


Super Powers

Super Powers

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As a quadriplegic, Christopher Reeve demonstrated heroic powers.


Sublimating Strife

Sublimating Strife

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The fighting in Fallujah may have deep biblical roots


Creatures and Teachers

Creatures and Teachers

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Maimonides' mystifying rodent and the limits of science.


The Conversion Vaccine

The Conversion Vaccine

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


Life Itself

Life Itself

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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

Why A.B.Yehoshua Is Wrong

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


Bar Mitzvah Motivators

Bar Mitzvah Motivators

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


Shedding Light on Anti-Semitism

Shedding Light on Anti-Semitism

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Chanukah's uncomfortable message.


Are Jews Smarter?

Are Jews Smarter?

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Don't let a recent study about enhanced intellectual ability among Jews go to your head.


The Shechita Controversy

The Shechita Controversy

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The "PETA Principle," the moral equating of animals and humans, is an affront to the very essence of Jewish belief.


She Just Doesn't Get It

She Just Doesn't Get It

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The essential outrage of "Holocaust on Your Plate" was not that it injured feelings, but rather that it equated human beings with cows, pigs and chickens.


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