Category Archives: Corruption

Shiduchim and Yichus in the Book of Ruth

From the Frum Follies archives (5/15/10) Part I Once upon a time two young widows were given some good shidduch advice. “Turn back to your mother’s house…[and] find security in the house of a husband.” Orpah took Naomi’s advice and … Continue reading

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What Chicago Can Learn From the Skvere Rebbe- (From the archives)

This post first appeared in January 2014. Since then Frimet Goldberg wrote an excellent description of New Squares shameful handling of sex abuse.  Shulem Deen’s brilliant memoir, “All Who Go Do Not Return” also describes the cult of the Skvere … Continue reading

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A Kosher for Passover Pesticide!

It is hard to believe but it is true. A pesticide which is not even supposed to be used indoors was certified kosher for passover. I am not just posting this to mock it. I want to ask how did … Continue reading

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Training to Confront Authority

Reflecting on his pilot training, Andrew B. McGee writes in today’s New York Times In the 1960s and ’70s, several crashes were judged primarily a result of pilot error, some stemming from the hierarchical relationship between the captain and the … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday — When a Leader Sins

From my 2010 archives When a  nasi (cheftain of a tribe of Israel, i.e., a political leader) sins by doing anything unintentionally which according to G-d’s command should not be done, and he realizes his guilt, or the sin of … Continue reading

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How Abraham Could Have Saved Sodom

For five days I have anguished about a perverse rabbinical court ruling. It twists facts and tangles logic; it betrays honest witnesses and rewards those who lied. It does all this to protect institutions and jobs. If Abraham had been … Continue reading

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Dershowitz Sued for Defamation by Sex Abuse Whistleblower Sam Kellner

The Jewish Week reports that “Four years after his life was turned upside down by charges he committed extortion and bribery, chasidic sex abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner is fighting back against those he thinks wronged him in the press. Late … Continue reading

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