Rav Frager: Time for Sovereignty Now

Our chaver, Rav Dr. Joseph Frager, argues for the political benefits of sovereignty in Arutz Sheva, July 3, 2020

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Time for sovereignty now

Nike came up with a great expression used in all of their advertisements that has had a profound influence on the world. Their motto is “Just do it”. I say to the State of Israel and to the U.S. Administration in reference to applying Sovereignty over Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley, “Just do it”. This is the right time. The longer one waits the more the naysayers have time to apply pressure and make trouble. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Rav Student: Torah Is the Air We Breathe

Rav Gil Student, Director of RAA’s Halacha Commission, published this article on the First Things website, June 26, 2020

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TORAH IS THE AIR WE BREATHE

Throughout the pandemic, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has singled out the Jewish community for violating “stay-at-home” orders. Now, although Jews still face severe restrictions on religious gatherings after months without access to synagogues, he has permitted protesters to gather in the thousands and break social distancing guidelines. Why do political protests deserve special dispensation but religious services do not? Some have accused de Blasio of anti-Semitism, but he has always shown himself to be a trusted ally of the Jewish community. I believe the reason for his inconsistency is in some ways more insidious: Secular society sees religion—and public worship in particular—as little more than a cultural expression or a lifestyle choice. [...Click headline above for more...]