About the Author

Rabbi Avi Shafran

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

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?


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.


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.

Shedding Light on Anti-Semitism

Chanukah's uncomfortable message.

Are Jews Smarter?

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

The Shechita Controversy

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

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.

A Truly Historic Lawsuit

A lawsuit is being filed against the Jewish people for recovery of property stolen during their exodus from Egypt. The Talmud tells of precisely such a claim lodged over 2000 years ago.

Blackout's Illumination

The Jewish Sabbath is a blackout of sorts.

Back to Peoplehood

The recent National Jewish Population Survey reveals a shrinking Jewish people. Is the solution more numbers?

Playing the Anti-Semitism Card

An equation of Jew-hatred with fear of Islamist terror is not only misleading, it is offensive.

History Abuse

With the recent assault against the Jewish people and Jewish history, Tisha B'Av takes on a special poignancy this year.

Aaron Feuerstein: Bankrupt and Wealthy

Mr. Feuerstein is a legend in the corporate world. His company is now bankrupt and he doesn't regret a thing.

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