Showing posts from May, 2009

Where is Orthodox aliya?

I have been asking this question for years; as usual, Michael Freund puts it more articulately than I:Where is Orthodox aliya?By Michael FreundTHE JERUSALEM POST – May. 5, 2009

Earlier this year, a crisis erupted among American Orthodox Jewry, one that sent shock waves hurtling from coast to coast. At the speed of broadband, word spread quickly from one community to another about the budding calamity, which threatened to cast a pall on Jewish life as we know it. Various organizations rushed to issue statements, the Internet was abuzz with rumors and parents from Staten Island to Seattle naturally went into a panic. And just what, you might be wondering, lay at the heart of all this drama? Well, it had to do with raisins. Yes, you read that correctly: raisins. On January 27, New York's K'hal Adath Jeshurun, a prominent Orthodox congregation also known as KAJ, published a statement billed as an "important kashrus notice," which warned readers in grave and no uncertain t…