The Dangerous Middle Road

February 20, 2019 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

“He who walks in the middle of the roads gets hit from both sides.” In light of our recent post concerning the danger of messianic elements which identify with Chabad, attacks followed from both sides: 1) Some – falsely and viciously – accused us of attacking an entire movement of [Read more…]

Down With Double Standards

February 17, 2019 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

(This article initially appeared as a Facebook post on our official page. For those among us who hate the truth, I beg of you: please don’t read this. Just keep moving on.) The Trigger Question How would you feel if a good friend, a seemingly religious Jew – wears a Kippah [Read more…]

Rabbinic Violence Part 2: Emasculated Rabbis

November 2, 2018 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

“My friends, this is where Judaism stands today. This is how the rabbinic establishment makes decisions regarding who is “acceptable” and who is “not”. This is how some opinions are championed, while others are not just rejected but are deemed entirely invalid. Whoever is more violent – prevails!” – Rabbi Yonatan [Read more…]

Candid Conversations 10: Hallel or Heresy

April 20, 2018 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

Candid Conversations: A Video Series with Rabbi Yonatan Halevy Episode 10: Hallel or Heresy Question: What is our attitude towards Zionism, the State of Israel, and the celebration of Yom HaAtzmaut? Want to submit the next question? Just send the rabbi an email! Rabbi Yonatan Halevy’s official YouTube channel! Subscribe [Read more…]

Shiviti Learning Forum: Q&A Highlights #1

April 13, 2018 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

Join our Facebook forum by clicking here! Haircuts and Shaving During Sefirat HaOmer Question: Can I shave/get a haircut on Rosh Chodesh? Answer: Maran in the Shulchan Aruch calls the custom to do so an “incorrect” one. But one would first have to establish the severity of the custom not to shave in [Read more…]

Suicide: My Thoughts On A Tragedy

April 27, 2017 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 2

My thoughts on a WhatsApp message I received today. The author of the message was not malicious, but instead tried to be nice and apologetic, though my response to it unfortunately cannot be. The context? Yesterday, one of of my wife’s precious students from her years of teaching in Israel tragically [Read more…]