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Rabbi Avi Shafran

Avi Shafran blogs at rabbiavishafran.com and serves as Agudath Israel of America’s director of public affairs

Take Two: Why Pesach Sheini is Significant to Our Family

On that Jewish date in 1945, my late father-in-law, Mr. Yitzchok Yisroel Cohen, was liberated by American forces from Dachau.

People Love Dead Jews

Dara Horn's new book offers marvelous daggers of acerbic observations about being Jewish today.

Biases, Biases Everywhere: No News is Fair News

Like Alexei Navalny, most of us are subjected to a daily barrage of propaganda. The key difference is that ours is self-imposed.

One of Nature's Great Mysteries

Every 17 years trillions of cicadas emerge from the ground as a unified mass. They're on their way.

Monstrous Mercy

A nurse in England was charged with murdering 8 babies in the neonatal unit. The charges are shocking, but not surprising.

The Real Story Behind the Covid-19 Vaccine Story

Appreciating the awesomeness of our immune system.

Stoking Hatred between Black and Jewish Communities

Using fake accounts on social media, white supremacists are fanning flames of hatred. They must not be allowed to succeed.

The Nazis Knew

“They don’t hate us as a people. They hate us because of our holy books."

Faith Amid the Flames

Rabbi Yosef Friedenson served as a human bridge between the Jewish world that the Germans destroyed and the new one that came into being after the Holocaust.

Love, Hate and the Holocaust

An acclaimed exhibit about Auschwitz is stirring debate about essential lessons of the Holocaust.

Suicide: A Society in Conflict

Recent events highlight America’s inconsistent views on suicide.

Jews, Genetics and the New World

Recent studies indicate that a significant segment of the immigrants who settled the New World were descended from Jews.

Hatred Everywhere

Evil harbors no static political allegiances.

Hanukkah and the Soul

Indispensable to the Jewish worldview is the idea that humans are unique, that we possess a spiritual component and that our actions are freely chosen.

Alex Jones and the Info Wars

Free speech is a formidable responsibility to communicate the truth.

A Rabbi’s Rumination on Racism

Rather than trying to disabuse people of the biases they may coddle, we must charge them to focus on individuals.

The Sanctity of Life: A Jewish Perspective

The Californian judge was right to overturn the law legalizing physician-assisted suicide.

Mosque Vandalism: The Jewish Connection

There are hateful people, but also simple-minded misguided ones. And they can change.

It's Time for Jews and Blacks to Overcome Bigotry and Come Together

The targeting of our two peoples should impel us to understand just how connected we are.

Was the Holocaust a Uniquely Jewish Tragedy?

The extermination of the Jews was not a means to any end; it was an end in itself.

Wealth Addiction

When a $3.6 million bonus isn’t enough.

Bubba, the Anti-Semite

He’s right about one thing: there is a Jewish plot.

A Prayer of the Jewish People

An ancient prayer for contemporary times.

Is Anybody There?

New studies demonstrate how people thought to be in an irreversible “vegetative” state showed signs of full consciousness.

Cremation: A Burning Issue

Even after death, the body is a holy vessel that deserves respect.

Blowing Up Synagogues

The recent arrest of two NY terrorists reminds us to give thanks to the Guardian of the Jewish People.

Moses and the Pope

The recent beatification of Pope John Paul II highlights Judaism's unique basis of belief.

The Jewish Mission

Theodore Sorensen and the Jewish drive to change the world.


Meaning or randomness: confronting mutually exclusive worldviews on Yom Kippur.

Great Expectations

During the first days of the Jewish year everything matters.

Emmanuel: Ethnic Prejudice?

It is neither ethnic nor prejudice. Here are the facts.

Someone's There

Patients thought to be in a vegetative state were demonstrated to be hearing and thinking.

The Allure of Kol Nidrei

Getting to the essence of who we really are.

Embarrassing Actions

Whatever a Jew does reflects the entire Jewish people.

No Thanks, Mr. Gandhi

I reject your apology because you have missed the point of why your post was so offensive.

The Nature of Nature

What's the difference between nature and the miraculous?


It's not our Intelligence Quotients that count, but our Righteousness Quotients.

Partial - Birth "Abortion"

Do you know what act the law is addressing?

Burning Issue

Israel's first crematorium opens for business. What would Moses say?

The Anger of the Atheists

If morality and ethics are rendered meaningless, how's a principled atheist supposed to respond to injustice?

Mel, Kofi and Me

Like soft drinks and poison, anti-Semitism comes in various flavors and strengths.

The Conversion Vaccine

The best defense to the ambitious "Jews for Jesus" missionary campaign.

Why A.B.Yehoshua Is Wrong

Maybe, just maybe, Judaism -- Jewish belief and practice as prescribed by the Jewish religious tradition -- is the key to Jewish continuity.

The Indignity of Atheism

One who sees only random forces behind why we humans find ourselves here is ultimately bound only by his wants.

Killing Me Softly

Has the sanctity of human life become passe?

Shedding Light on Anti-Semitism

Chanukah's uncomfortable message.

Are Jews Smarter?

Don't let a recent study about enhanced intellectual ability among Jews go to your head.

She Just Doesn't Get It

The essential outrage of "Holocaust on Your Plate" was not that it injured feelings, but rather that it equated human beings with cows, pigs and chickens.

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