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Rabbi Mintz’s Mints

Posted Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

I have been privileged to launch, together with two friends, a kosher mint called “Rabbi Mints Classic Kosher Mints.” A portion of the proceeds from this product will be donated to the American Jewish World Service that provides humanitarian aid throughout the world. Please check out this product and enjoy the mints (they are not [...]


What Does “Nachem” Mean?

Posted Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

The haftorah for this Shabbat begins with the famous words, “Nachamu, nachamu ami” — “Comfort, oh comfort my people.” The use of the word nachem to mean comfort or consolation is very familiar to us. It is the first word in the additional prayer that we recite in mincha on Tisha Bav and it is [...]


The Koren Mesoret HaRav Kinot

Posted Friday, July 16th, 2010

Whereas Yom Kippur is a day filled with familiar and meaningful prayers, Tisha B’Av is often viewed as a day filled with kinot (liturgical elegiac poems or elegies) that are difficult, if not impossible, to understand. This Tisha B’Av our experience will be made more meaningful with the publication of The Koren Mesoret HaRav Kinot. [...]


Modern Orthodoxy for Everyone?

Posted Friday, July 9th, 2010

This week I attended a special get-together in honor of the Hirhurim blog. Hirhurim, founded six years ago by Rabbi Gil Student, provides for open and productive blog discussion on a wide variety of topics relating to the Jewish world as well as the world of Orthodox Judaism. I commend Rabbi Student and his dedicated [...]


Boutique Orthodoxy

Posted Friday, July 2nd, 2010

In 1986, Jonathan Woocher published a volume entitled Sacred Survival: The Civil Religion of American Jews in which he argued that there were several tenets that defined the “civil religion” of the American Jewish community. These tenets included; the unity of the Jewish people, mutual responsibility and the centrality of the State of Israel. This [...]


Welcome to My Website

Posted Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Over the past several years, I have had the privilege to share shiurim and lectures, both in print and via audio recordings with a wide group of participants. In order to make this material available in an easier format and potentially to a larger audience, I have a new web site that will highlight my [...]