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…]

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…]

Don’t You Wan’t To Be Eulogized?

November 28, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 2

I once had an extremely unsettling conversation that left its marks on me until this very day. [I wish to note the following disclaimer: as disdainful as some of these sentiments may sound, they did not come from a malicious place, but from a place of having been programmed as [Read more…]

Please Don’t Respect Us

March 26, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

Today is Lag BaOmer. The day that Rabbi Akiva’s students stopped dying, for their mistake of not showing each other proper respect. Each and every Lag BaOmer, rabbis and teachers around the world stand up and speak about how we must respect all the Torah scholars and how we must [Read more…]

Despicable Jewish Guilt

February 7, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

This horrid image has been making its rounds. I’m momentarily putting aside people using the Holocaust for whichever gain they wish. Do we have no other way – aside from ugly guilt – to encourage people to connect to Hashem with Tefillin? How much longer will we shove this venom [Read more…]