Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Jewish thoughts

Let's take a break from the NCAA tournament, bubbles, brackets and Cinderellas and focus on something else.

A great rabbi in NYC was sent to the hospital recently. He is the Rosh HaYeshiva (Dean) of Yeshivat Chofetz Chaim in New York. Hopefully he will have a Refuah Shelema.

Also, there was a Rabbi in Israel who was stabbed recently. We all heard about the shooting at Mercaz Harav. But there are a lot of attempted killings, homicide attacks that don't make as much news.

One thought, why is it that a number of people are reluctant if they are single to have a meal in mixed company (i.e. single men and women together). Especially if they are over say 25 years old. I really don't grasp this concept of isolating oneself from the opposite sex. Shadchanim can only do so much. I know that the Yeshivish world does this, but I think that this disease, which I formerly called galophobia or something similar, is plaguing the Modern Orthodox world as well.

A very interesting shiur that I heard recently focused on the crisis of Modern Orthodox education. It was a shiur on given by Rabbi Moshe Ben-Haim and Rabbi Pinchas Rosenthal, formerly of TALI (Torah Academy of Long Island) and now of the Manhattan Jewish Experience. One of the points made was that the Modern Orthodox Yeshiva day school curriculum is a carbon copy of Europe. A lot of memorization and Gemara, with some Halacha and not enough emphasis on why we are Jewish and what we reject theologically about other religions. In America today, you can't just assume that people will be Jewish and embrace it. The world is too open and diverse for that. Perhaps I can add to this another time.

Happy Purim and Go ZAGS!!!!!!!!!! Also go WINTHROP as I DESPISE WSU!!!


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