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Tipping point

UNFORTUNATELY this past week’s mikveh scandal involving the accused Rabbi Barry Freundel is another in a chain of scandals that has been creeping upon the Orthodox Jewish community, painfully with all too much frequency. Sadly, I know that other denominations in Judaism are riddled with their own share of scandals. Being Orthodox, though, I am more familiar with and — for better or for worse — feel more affected when the scandals are from within the Orthodox community.

The Freundel scandal needs to be the tipping point in the Orthodox community. It is time to create a paradigm shift in rabbinic leadership.

Many of the scandals, including this one, are generated by aberrations. Perverts, disturbed personalities or criminals masquerading as authoritative rabbis ruin it for the rest of all the wonderful and devoted rabbis out there. Ruin it, rationally or not, as in breaching the congregant-rabbi relationship, perhaps irreparably.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:31 )

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Conservative Lens

The media are much scarier than Ebola

WHY do some things scare people more than others? One reason is that people engage in a rational assessment of risk and conclude the appropriate level of fear. For example, people feel free to walk alone at midnight in Times Square but not in Central Park because they have made a rational assessment: Times Square, which at midnight is almost as bright as day and filled with people — usually tourists — is safer than Central Park. A second reason is that emotions rather than reason cause peo...
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Liberal Lens

Big Brother is here...literally

Why did Bradley Cooper and Jessica Alba fail to record a tip when they paid their cabbies during New York City taxi rides back in 2013? Why was Cooper near a Mediterranean restaurant in Greenwich Village? Why was Alba at a ritzy hotel in Soho? We don’t know the answers, but we do know exactly when and where the movie stars were going. And we know all of this not from some special government sting operation but from publicly available data about millions of people’s movements throughout New ...
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View from Central Park

Zuckerbergs...role models

What a refreshing change. Usually when I am checking email at my Yahoo address (I know, I’m old school), there are news stories highlighted, one more ridiculous than the next. Oftentimes they’re about celebrities’ ostentatious displays of wealth and excess, political pushing, or just random irrelevant information. This time the title of an article finally made me succumb to clicking on a Yahoo story. Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have donated $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control...
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Liberal Lens

Why isn’t economic inequality a bigger issue?

IF critics of income inequality are wondering why the growing gap between rich and poor hasn’t been a more potent political issue in the upcoming elections, a new study offers some answers: Americans grossly underestimate this inequality. That’s one of the key findings of a survey showing the gap between CEO and average worker pay in America is more than 10 times larger than the typical American perceives. In the report, Harvard University and Chulalongkorn University researchers analyzed ...
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