Aron: Had our great-great-great-grandfathers been asked by their children, “What’s God?”, they would likely have responded, “God created the heavens and the earth.” If they had been asked why we pray, they’d probably have responded, “To ask, praise, or thank our Creator.” If they’d been asked why they kept kosher, I assume they’d have said,… Read More What About the Children?
Allen: When we first moved in together, Aron, you placed in the kitchen a large wooden sign from your childhood: “Kosher Only.” This was obviously an ironic statement; even so, I took it down whenever I hosted non-observant guests. I didn’t want to seem intolerant. But one could make the case that the whole edifice of… Read More Not Kosher, Not Welcome
Allen: Dear Mr. Borans, My name is Allen Lipson; I affiliated with Alpha Epsilon Pi’s Iota Chapter at Columbia University from 2011 to 2013. Despite my decision to leave the fraternity my third year of college, I’ve not figured out how to unsubscribe from your emails, your magazine, or your generous (yet alas, still unaffordable) Brooks… Read More Fraternally Yours: An Open Letter to Andy Borans
Allen: Aron, In the wake of your decidedly grim Purim post, I’d like to follow up on a more whimsical note. I call it thus because this pet cause of mine will most likely remain on the lunatic fringe until the coming of Elijah. But, hey, that’s what they used to say about Paul Ryan’s budget proposals. Here… Read More Should Liberal Jews Go Vegetarian?
Editor’s note: This is the first of our solo pieces. We’ll still be writing up conversations, but we think that this will offer us both a chance to flesh out some of our ideas more fully. Aron: On the Shabbat before Purim, known as Shabbat Zachor, we read a passage from the Haftarah in which the Israelite King Saul… Read More Purim: Coming to Terms with (A)History
Allen: Aron, you’ve always been a man of many passions and interests; even so, I was surprised to learn that Jesus was one of them. You’ve even written an emotional poem on the subject of the Crucifixion. This naturally raises a few questions. It reminds me of a scene in Chaim Potok’s novel My Name is Asher Lev… Read More The Good Shepherd
Earlier this week, we argued that clergy should take a clear stand on President Trump’s executive order on immigration, even at the cost of courting controversy. On Monday, 20 rabbis did more than that. In an act of real moral courage, they submitted themselves for arrest by blocking traffic during a 200-person T’ruah protest against the travel ban. One… Read More Update: What the Rabbis Did