jewish law

An Open Letter to Rabbi Dov Linzer on Modesty and Jewish Law

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While the Talmud dictates that both men and women dress modestly, the legal tradition that follows in its wake makes dress requirements for women much more rigid. Thus, the fact that in many Orthodox summer camps, or Kibbutzim, one can readily find young Orthodox men in shorts and T-shirts while young girls wear skirts and longer sleeves is not inconsequential.

And how often are religious boys told, “Don’t wear that, it’s not tznius (modest)!”? Not very often. 

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Talmud v. Torture: The Jewish Case Against “Enhanced Interrogation”

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During the Bush Administration, Rabbi Melissa Weintraub wrote a definitive condemnation of torture according to Talmudic teaching and Jewish collective memory. With the release of the CIA “torture memos,” these essays are worth revisiting. And, as Israel celebrates the 61st anniversary of its independence how does the Jewish nation itself stack up to these ideals?

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