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For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways - Is. 55:8. Jewish stuff + bad jokes. All opinions subject to change.
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Jun 25 16 tweets 4 min read
1. I deleted a long thread about the Dobbs decision and Korach (this week's Torah reading in Israel where Shabbat ended abt an hour ago) because it wasn't going anywhere useful. I will highlight a few points though: 2. @AkivaMCohen's thread is really important but this observation is most critical. The surest way to lose legitimacy is to not play by one's own rules. This is exceedingly dangerous for the highest court in the land.
May 1 26 tweets 7 min read
1. In light of this recent tweet, I'd like to go out on a limb and attempt a corrective at what I consider to be misreadings or misinterpretations of certain rabbinic texts regarding gender in Judaism. 2. I want to be clear that this is *not* a thread on gender in Judaism in general; that would be a *much* longer discussion and I see no way to do that responsibly over Twitter.
Apr 28 25 tweets 5 min read
1. Over the past several months I've been reading about merit and meritocracy (and going back further, on the related concept of personal responsibility). Prompted by @ETVPod, I have some thoughts. 🧵 2. I think people have an intuitive sense of what is meant by "merit" and "meritocracy" but there can be important nuances depending on how they're formulated.
Apr 15 7 tweets 2 min read
Passover Myth 1: Popular conceptions of a kosher for Pesach oven are way stricter than as defined in Shulhan Aruch
joshyuter.com/2006/04/10/jud… Passover Myth 2: When baking matzah, the 18-minute clock doesn't start when water hits the flour but when you stop kneading the dough
joshyuter.com/2015/03/29/jud…
Apr 14 12 tweets 2 min read
1. I've long thought about the politics of what constitutes "authentic" religion (at least in the context of Judaism) and there's a fascinating contrast in attitudes surrounding Passover. 2. On one hand, you have traditionalists who for the most part do everything "by the book" (in this case the haggadah) with minor variations based on family practices.
Feb 28 5 tweets 2 min read
I recently introduced my wife to #KidsInTheHall just last week!

My personal favorites are... Dr. Seuss Bible:
Feb 22 22 tweets 6 min read
1. Time for another Twitter shiur / class!

Today's topic: Hell in Judaism 2. One sentiment that comes up a *lot* on Twitter is that Jews don't believe in Hell or Judaism doesn't believe in Hell.
Feb 1 10 tweets 1 min read
103. I wish people would make up their minds about when it's ok to fire professors for expressing political opinions 104. I wish people would make up their minds about the standards for accepting apologies vs. when we damn them forever
Dec 23, 2021 23 tweets 6 min read
1. Time for a Twitter class / shiur!

Today's topic: Equal to the Entire Torah 2. Many people are familiar with the oft-cited Talmudic dictum of Hillel, "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor." What makes this statement so impactful is the next statement, "This is the entire Torah, the rest is commentary."
Nov 8, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Lev Tahor has been known for a while, though I don't think I've seen as much depressing detail as in here.

Suffice it to say, while the people who run this are Jews, they have little to do with Judaism. I say the above reflecting my own bias about what Judaism is (or isn't) and where the boundary lines of Judaism are.

If the Talmud isn't central to one's canon, I question the legitimacy. If the Talmud isn't included in one's canon at all, I deny the legitimacy entirely. Image
Nov 1, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
It's hard to express how much I love this story and @elonmusk's brilliant response.
businessinsider.in/international/… General Rule: Anyone who makes grandiose claims like these without showing their work deserves to be ignored if not mocked and ridiculed.
Oct 18, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
1. When I was in the US and officiated weddings, I'd often try to get as many women involved as possible depending on the needs and wishes of the couple.

Here's a brief thread of a few things I did to integrate more women into the ceremony without compromising halakhah. 2. First, where relevant, I'd ask women to sign the civil marriage license. Although women cannot serve as halakhic witnesses, there is no problem for signing on as civil witnesses
Sep 19, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
In all seriousness, I remember having conversations over 10 years ago with Conservative and Reform colleagues who were concerned with the internet making rabbis obsolete. Specifically, "Rabbi Google" came up often. My take was (and is) that there is no shortage of information or access to information but people are also looking for *trust* in the validity or authority of that information. That not only requires a human but someone who demonstrates trustworthiness on a regular basis.
Aug 26, 2021 15 tweets 3 min read
1. THREAD: After several recent conversations, I'd like to try articulating some ideas regarding social psychology and Orthodox Judaism. While I've amassed a long bibliography, I'll be omitting most academic citations here in the interests of clarity. 🧵 2. Let's stipulate that identity is important to individuals and that certain aspects of identity will be more important to an individual than others. Also, the ranking of these aspects of identity will vary from person to person.
Aug 25, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
1. This is untrue, bordering on slander. There are certainly batei din that have little respect for what potential converts are going through and impose needless delays. However, most take a long time to fully acclimate a potential convert to the Jewish community 2. And I say this as having a long track record opposing certain political developments in Orthodox conversions.
Aug 16, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Article behind paywall, but IIRC this was one of the more astute observations re US intervention. Between Syria, Libya, and Iraq, US employed diff of doing nothing, military operation w/o occupation, and military operation w/occupation, and *all* were disasters in their own way. We can only ever know the results of our actions or inactions. It's really easy to point to the failures and costs of what we've decided to do or not do, but it's impossible to predict what would have happened had another course of action been taken.
Jul 20, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
1. A brief thread on the significance of this statement (apologies to those who have heard this before) 🧵: 2. Years ago the Jewish social justice group @uriltzedek initiated a "Tav HaYashar" campaign to certify kosher establishments that met halakhically mandated obligations towards their employers, specifically paying workers on time, paying min wage, and safe working conditions.
Jun 8, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
1. Aren't tax returns supposed to be private? And shouldn't the release of personal information register as just a *little* bit concerning?
2. I see we're still having trouble understanding how private equity works.
propublica.org/article/the-se… 2. The "wealth" being discussed isn't a Scrooge McDuck money bin, but the percentage of ownership in companies whose wealth is determined by the market. Which means this "wealth"
1. Is "on paper"
2. Has no theoretical ceiling
3. Isn't a collective resource such that others lost
Jun 8, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Opinion 1: @Likud_Party needs to take several seats (metaphorically, not electorally) and its social media team should reevaluate what it's doing and what it's trying to do.

In real democracies, it's possible for longtime leaders to lose elections legitimately. Image Opinion 2: I don't have a problem complaining that a politician broke a campaign promise. I do have a problem when the complaint comes from a party that does so on the regular.
Jun 6, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
100% agreed. In its heyday, Aronson was responsible for publishing some wonderful volumes on Jewish scholarship, several of which I'm fortunate to own.

Other publishers have picked up some slack, but Aronson filled a particular niche that I don't think has been replicated. One of my favorites is Who's Who in the Talmud. While it has some errors in citations, it's the most comprehensive single-volume I know of documenting the personalities of rabbinic Judaism
amazon.com/Whos-Who-Talmu…
May 24, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
For another data point where antisemitism is lumped with other identity hate w/o standing on its own, compare Congress' recent resolution against antisemitism: congress.gov/bill/116th-con…

vs. anti-Asian violence: congress.gov/bill/116th-con…

cc @LahavHarkov @AriKrauss @DanielDayJewish I will also point out that there have been notable exceptions. @AOC for one: