Avi Shafran blogs at rabbiavishafran.com and serves as Agudath Israel of America’s director of public affairs
Rabbi Avi Shafran
On that Jewish date in 1945, my late father-in-law, Mr. Yitzchok Yisroel Cohen, was liberated by American forces from Dachau.
Dara Horn's new book offers marvelous daggers of acerbic observations about being Jewish today.
Like Alexei Navalny, most of us are subjected to a daily barrage of propaganda. The key difference is that ours is self-imposed.
Every 17 years trillions of cicadas emerge from the ground as a unified mass. They're on their way.
A nurse in England was charged with murdering 8 babies in the neonatal unit. The charges are shocking, but not surprising.
Appreciating the awesomeness of our immune system.
Using fake accounts on social media, white supremacists are fanning flames of hatred. They must not be allowed to succeed.
“They don’t hate us as a people. They hate us because of our holy books."
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.
An acclaimed exhibit about Auschwitz is stirring debate about essential lessons of the Holocaust.
Recent events highlight America’s inconsistent views on suicide.
Recent studies indicate that a significant segment of the immigrants who settled the New World were descended from Jews.
Evil harbors no static political allegiances.
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.
Should false ads be banned?
Free speech is a formidable responsibility to communicate the truth.
Rather than trying to disabuse people of the biases they may coddle, we must charge them to focus on individuals.
The Californian judge was right to overturn the law legalizing physician-assisted suicide.
There are hateful people, but also simple-minded misguided ones. And they can change.
The targeting of our two peoples should impel us to understand just how connected we are.
The extermination of the Jews was not a means to any end; it was an end in itself.
When a $3.6 million bonus isn’t enough.
He’s right about one thing: there is a Jewish plot.
An ancient prayer for contemporary times.
New studies demonstrate how people thought to be in an irreversible “vegetative” state showed signs of full consciousness.
Even after death, the body is a holy vessel that deserves respect.
The recent arrest of two NY terrorists reminds us to give thanks to the Guardian of the Jewish People.
The recent beatification of Pope John Paul II highlights Judaism's unique basis of belief.
Theodore Sorensen and the Jewish drive to change the world.
Meaning or randomness: confronting mutually exclusive worldviews on Yom Kippur.
During the first days of the Jewish year everything matters.
It is neither ethnic nor prejudice. Here are the facts.
Patients thought to be in a vegetative state were demonstrated to be hearing and thinking.
Getting to the essence of who we really are.
Whatever a Jew does reflects the entire Jewish people.
I reject your apology because you have missed the point of why your post was so offensive.
What's the difference between nature and the miraculous?
It's not our Intelligence Quotients that count, but our Righteousness Quotients.
Do you know what act the law is addressing?
Israel's first crematorium opens for business. What would Moses say?
If morality and ethics are rendered meaningless, how's a principled atheist supposed to respond to injustice?
Like soft drinks and poison, anti-Semitism comes in various flavors and strengths.
The best defense to the ambitious "Jews for Jesus" missionary campaign.
Maybe, just maybe, Judaism -- Jewish belief and practice as prescribed by the Jewish religious tradition -- is the key to Jewish continuity.
One who sees only random forces behind why we humans find ourselves here is ultimately bound only by his wants.
Has the sanctity of human life become passe?
Chanukah's uncomfortable message.
True justice will be brought with Jewish observance, Jewish study, Jewish tears, Jewish love.
Don't let a recent study about enhanced intellectual ability among Jews go to your head.