Rabbi Cardozo writes: “Maybe we should literally go out in the streets and help people, sit down with our ideological enemies and see where we can find common ground, instead of simply reciting more kinot?” And yet, there are reasons why we should continue to fast and read Eichah on Tisha b’Av. Here are just a few of those reasons
Yael Valier, Co-coordinator of the DCA Think Tank, is involved with many projects bridging the performing arts and education. Yael writes and acts for the Raise Your Spirits theater which produces Biblical musicals, and she acts with the bilingual Playback Theater Group “Hamra,” among other acting projects. Yael co-wrote, co-produced and performed an album of science and geography songs for kids, marketed at www.TremendousEarth.com. She also runs groups aimed at improving spoken Hebrew through drama for children and adults with Avital Macales. Yael lives in Efrat with her husband and six children.
Recent articles by Yael Valier
Recently yet another opportunity for Hareidi-bashing appeared, with the news that an 81 year-old woman is suing El Al after being forced to switch seats because a Hareidi man refused to sit next to her.
Rabbi Marc Angel commented on the incident in a short article, “Thoughts on the Scandal on an El Al Airplane.” But Rabbi Angel’s critique misses a crucial point. In fact, there’s reason to applaud one aspect of the Hareidi worldview.
Recently, I have been wondering if we can used proven halachic methodologies to ease the suffering of homosexuals in Orthodoxy.
This Friday morning, I had a real-life competing values choice to make. I was making challah when I noticed a blood spot in one of the two eggs I was checking. Automatically, I made a move to throw the eggs away.
Following a lecture by Rabbi Cardozo, I was thinking about the problem of converts coming before a beit din and feeling pressured to lie to the effect