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Rabbi Jeremy Rosen received his rabbinic ordination from Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem. He also studied philosophy as an undergraduate at Cambridge University, and went on to earn his PhD in philosophy. He has worked in the rabbinate, Jewish education, and academia for more than forty years, in Europe and the US. He currently lives in the USA, where he writes, teaches, lectures, and serves as rabbi of a small community in New York.

ARTICLES BY: Jeremy Rosen

December 5, 2016 6:59 am

The Unyielding Orthodoxy of Anglo-Jewry

I want to tell you a story of Chelm (the mythical community of Jewish fools) that is, in fact, true. True of Anglo-Jewish establishment Orthodoxy. I...

November 28, 2016 6:05 am

The Messy Process of Democracy

All complex societies are fragmented. Democracies particularly so. Dictatorships and autocracies act as if they are not. They try to suppress dissenters, which they can...

November 21, 2016 8:05 am

Yes, She Is My Sister

The fundamentalist position on the Bible -- Jewish and Christian -- is that every word comes directly from God on Sinai 3,300 years ago. The “critical” or the skeptical...

November 14, 2016 4:20 am

Kaparot Is Not Protected by Religious Freedom

Several recent legal decisions in the US now prevent the Jewish custom of taking chickens and swinging them above one’s head before killing them on Yom...

November 4, 2016 3:48 am

Jews, Moderation and Wine

When Noah comes out of the ark, the first thing he does (after thanking God) is plant a vineyard, and then make wine. But then...

October 31, 2016 6:29 am

Even the Torah Warns Against the ‘One Percent’

The following passage is from the sixth chapter of the Book of Genesis: And the sons of the gods saw the daughters of humans that they were...

October 21, 2016 7:52 am

Rigid Orthodoxy Is Destroying Religion

I've always thought it was important to read opinions that conflict with mine, either to confirm my position or perhaps force me to reconsider it. A...

October 16, 2016 6:32 am

Rain and Sukkot

Between the two World Wars in Eastern Europe, yeshiva students used to entertain each other at weddings and other happy occasions with Gramen -- Yiddish rhymes that...

October 11, 2016 6:52 am

Resurrection: The Magic of Yom Kippur

Western forms of entertainment are massively preoccupied with dead bodies coming back to life. Popular horror films and TV series regurgitate this very weird fixation. And then...

September 30, 2016 6:32 am

Hebrew Prayers Are Lost in Translation

We will spend more time than usual in synagogues these coming weeks, and with that, a problem arises. One of the biggest challenges for most Jews is the...

September 23, 2016 7:04 am

Reconnecting With the Spark of Judaism

The Hebrew month of Elul, which leads to the New Year, brings daily shofar blasts, extra prayers, selichot, and the serious mood of anticipation of...

September 19, 2016 6:54 am

Patriotism and the National Anthem

There has been a huge amount of debate in the US about the refusal of a Colin Kaepernick, an American football player, to stand during...

September 9, 2016 4:04 am

We Can Be Mother Teresa, Too — or Better

Mother Teresa has become Saint Teresa! She was born in 1910, in what is now Macedonia. She joined a religious sisterhood in Ireland and then took vows...

September 7, 2016 6:28 am

Petty Orthodoxy is a website that analyzes the weekly reading of the Torah for people who do not take every word in the Torah literally. In addition to valuing...


Chabad Emissaries Coming to Small Jewish Community of South Dakota -- A state boasting just 400 Jews is about to receive its first full-time...

Israeli Pre-Military Academy ‘Breaks You and Builds You Anew’ - “Put your hands behind your back and get on your knees,” 19-year-old Noam Ohayon told me. I complied. “Now fall forward...

After Massive Diaspora Response, Israel’s Raging Fires Come Under Control - Improving weather conditions, a massive influx of support from the international community...


Nazi Salute, ‘Heil Hitler’ Directed at Northwestern U Lecturer ...

A lecturer at Northwestern University was given the Nazi salute last month by a passerby, the student newspaper The Daily Northwestern...


Israeli Education Minister Says Outpost Bill Paves Way for West Bank Annexa... - Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the Jewish Home party, hailed the preliminary passage of a controversial bill to...

Middle East

As Tehran Issues Daily Threats to US Over Sanctions Extension, Iranian Comm...

Alongside daily threats from the Iranian regime to “retaliate” if US President Barack Obama signs a ten-year extension of the Iran...