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A Comment on "Terror In Beit Shemesh: Wheelchair Bound Orthodox Kids Harassed By Haredim"http://failedmessiah.typepad.com/failed_messiahcom/2011/12/terror-in-beit-shemesh-wheelchair-bound-orthodox-kids-harassed-by-haredim-678.html

This isn't "only" about gender-harassment. It is about a fundamentalism that has pervaded the mindset of a sub-community within Israel that has yet to be truly attended to by the government. The national response cannot be short-lived, because this world-view is deeply rooted and will not be answered within one media-cycle.
-Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Dec. 30, 2011

Forward.com: "Day Schools Stuck in Neutral: Enrollment Numbers Grow, But Only Among Ultra-Orthodox"

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Forward.com: "Day Schools Stuck in Neutral" Enrollment Numbers Grow, But Only Among Ultra-Orthodoxhttp://www.forward.com/articles/148762/ GETTY IMAGES Declining Numbers: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak visits Jewish day school students. Despite a massive push, enrollment is down at Jewish schools, except for those serving the ultra-Orthodox.
By J.J. Goldberg Published December 29, 2011, issue of January 06, 2012. PRINTEMAILSHARE SINGLE PAGE The month of December brought some bad news for Jewish day school advocates. According to the Avi Chai Foundation, which tracks these things, day school enrollment saw a "modest decline" of about 1.4% in the 2011-12 school year, compared with the year before. The sharpest decline was reported among the Solomon Schechter schools of Conservative Judaism, which experienced a 3.8% drop, from 11,786 students nationwide in 2010 to 11,338 this year. They were followed by so-called Community (non-denominational and/or federation-spons…

A Response to "Bishops say rules on gay parents limit freedom of religion"

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(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor
The test of a religion is its ability to speak its truth without denying another's. This is a matter of civil rights which are the very foundation of the Catholic Church's place in our democracy. The decision to jettison Catholic Charities' adoption services rather than comply with US nondiscrimination laws is a statement of principle. But I find the decision repugnant. Bishops say rules on gay parents limit freedom of religion For Roman Catholic bishops, a fight over adoption rules in Illinois is a prime example of what they see as an escalating campaign by the government to trample on their religious freedom. read more here: 

The Forward's Sisterhood Blog: "The 8-Year-Old Girl Who Woke Up Israel"

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The Forward's Sisterhood Blog: "The 8-Year-Old Girl Who Woke Up Israel" By Allison Kaplan Sommerhttp://blogs.forward.com/sisterhood-blog/148571/
Israel has a new and unlikely national heroine. She is a small blond bespectacled Orthodox 8-year-old girl, the daughter of American immigrants who live in Beit Shemesh. Her name is Na'ama Margolese and she was featured in a news broadcast on Israel's Channel 2 about the ongoing Haredi harassment of the girls who attend the Orot Banot School, and about the problem of extreme Haredi control in Beit Shemesh in general. Naama spoke on camera of her fears while walking the short distance from her home to her school, after numerous occasions when she was cursed at and even once spit on by the Haredi demonstrators. Israeli viewers watched as her mother, Hadassah, holding her hand, tried to convince her to make the short walk as she cried, whined and protested; it's a ritual they go through every school day. To the res…

We are losing Israel from within. Please watch this video.

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This video makes me cry. Please watch it. It is 15 minutes long, and must be seen and considered. We are losing Israel from within. It's not an anti-Charedi mindset that makes this upsetting. It's my love of my People, my love of my Homeland that makes me hurt watching this. 
English subtitled link -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFm1tZkEuxI

Women of the Wall - Rosh Hodesh Tevet!

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"Praying and chanting with Women of the Wall continues to teach me about the ways that women can come together to advance not only our standing but also our understanding of Judaism."
- Liz Piper-Goldberg


Chag Sameach, everyone - may all our lights shine a bit brighter this year.

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The value of Gilad Shalit's privacy is so important. He isn't a symbol - he is a person, a young man who will now lead the next chapter of his life. But "pirsumei denisa/publicizing the miracle" is also a value during Channukah. Chag Sameach, everyone - may all our lights shine a bit brighter this year. 

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A Comment on Rabbi Hanan Alexander's OpEd on JPost.com: "Postmodernism in masorti education"

A Comment on Rabbi Hanan Alexander's OpEd on JPost.com: "Postmodernism in masorti education" Rabbi Menachem Creditor
The problem with my teacher Hanan's eloquent article (pasted below) is that he sees advocates for Jewish gay inclusion as arguing for autonomy. This is a misrepresentation of halachic progressive advocacy, which argues for the organism of Halacha to continue evolving in response to a growing understanding of ethics and science, including human biology.  Framing the conversation as post-modernism is not helpful. This continuation of the modern critique of Judaism has been the hallmark of Conservative/Masorti Judaism since its birth in the 19th century.
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Silence and Air

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Folk meets Jewish mysticism in this expression of soulful longing, a collection of original interpretations of sacred texts, poetry, and wordless niggunim. Silence and Air(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor
We sat there, transfixed by the unfolding scene,
the wreaths everywhere made it almost-obscene.
For any tradition would hope that its faithful
would see from within that the point is not spatial.It's not that we Jews feel erased by the clutter,
(though this time of year makes us feel quite 'the other').
It's rather that somehow amidst all the noise,
a wrongness was touching each girl and each boy,
a message that no-one of faith should support,
for it turns something pure into something of sport.When symbols of faith are repackaged with glitter,
a person with soulful experience jitters.
What's more, when we Jews see the lights and the sales,
the need to 'keep up' sends…