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Avi Shafran

Avi Shafran is an author at Religion News Service.

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Netflix’s ‘My Unorthodox Life’ is an exposé that fails to explain some basic facts

By Avi Shafran — July 14, 2021
(RNS) — Fashion triumphs over fundamentalism. What could be more inspiring?

As Catholics mull Communion for politicians, Jews should look again at abortion issue

By Avi Shafran — July 1, 2021
(RNS) — Judaism, as it happens, is overwhelmingly about responsibilities, not ‘rights.’

New Haredi men’s magazine touts cars, whiskey for the Torah study set

By Avi Shafran — March 11, 2021
(RNS) — Even in times of plenty and even for the financially fortunate, there is dignity in modesty.

Twitter’s ‘cancelation’ of free speech isn’t a legal question, it’s a moral one

By Avi Shafran — January 15, 2021
(RNS) — In the Talmud, the repository of Jewish wisdom, the operative principle is: 'Evil speech kills.'

New York’s COVID-19 rules aren’t anti-Jewish. They show ignorance of Orthodox Judaism

By Avi Shafran — October 30, 2020
(RNS) — No one thinks that New York's leaders harbor any antipathy to the Jewish community. What the rules betray is their ignorance of exactly what prayer and religious education mean to Orthodox Jews.

There are things the Black Death can teach us today

By Avi Shafran — March 17, 2020
(RNS) — Historians tend to take seriously the contention that Jewish communities were less affected by the plague itself, if not from the hatred it unleashed, because of their ritual hand-washing.
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