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Avi Shafran

Avi Shafran is an author at Religion News Service.

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We should hire Deborah Lipstadt to combat antisemitism, not punish her for doing so

By Avi Shafran — January 19, 2022
(RNS) — Congress appears to be holding up an antisemitism watchdog’s confirmation for pointing out antisemitism.

What to give your Jewish neighbors for Christmas

By Avi Shafran — December 16, 2021
(RNS) — Fighting antisemitism starts with the people you live and work with.

Why Jewish ritual slaughter bans are unnecessary — and harmful to Jewish life

By Avi Shafran — November 4, 2021
(RNS) — Greece’s interference with ritual butchering methods could decimate its already small Jewish population.

Sukkot is the Jewish holiday that teaches us the joys of doing without

By Avi Shafran — September 20, 2021
(RNS) — Living in a hut teaches us that what we really have is not what we own, but what we are.

‘Insular’ Orthodox Jews mobilize to save lives, from Haiti to Kabul

By Avi Shafran — September 1, 2021
(RNS) — Recent disasters have shown a lesser-known side of Haredi Jews. 

Alta Fixsler, 2-year-old on life support, has a visa to come to US for treatment. Will UK court let her go?

By Avi Shafran — July 29, 2021
(RNS) — The case, reduced to its essence, pits current medical opinion against Alta’s parents' Hasidic Jewish faith.

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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