Allen: Aron, we’ve now both had the chance to flesh out our different opinions on a pretty wide range of religious issues, including God, prayer, religious observance, and study, to name a few. Based on what we’ve laid out, though, one could make a fair argument that we’ve misnamed our blog. For example, the influential Reform thinker Eugene… Read More How Unconservative Are You?
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: The de facto segregation of the New York City public schools is a moral embarrassment. Consider some statistics. White children are underrepresented by 200% in city schools. Of those whites who do attend public school, more than half are concentrated within 7% of classrooms. Two-thirds of black students attend schools that with less than ten percent… Read More Jews in the Public Schools
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
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Allen: Our society’s recently undergone a momentous transfer of power representing an abrupt shift from the longtime norms of democratic leadership. I’m referring, of course, to the new director of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, Rabbi Ethan Linden. I’ve heard only good things, though you and I are both a bit removed from the camp scene… Read More Camp Ramah: The First 100 Days
Allen: Aron, at this point we’ve both had the chance to stake out and criticize each other’s stances on God (see here and here). My question for this post is the following: How does your theology translate to tefillah? At the outset, let’s concede that this conversation is bound to be a theoretical one. We’re communicating through a… Read More I Pray to God…