Speaking Out: Dr. Elliott Malamet

New Paths for Ba'alei Teshuva, Part 3

January 14, 2015 By: Dr. Elliott Malamet
On one level, one could not help but be impressed by the intensity and earnestness at Aish Hatorah, circa 1983, of young people devoting themselves to the mission of revitalizing their own spiritual lives and attempting to persuade others to do the same. A spirit of idealism and camaraderie pervaded the walls. Yet at the very same time, I found myself deeply troubled by the messages I was hearing, and the  understanding of truth being...
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New Paths for Ba'alei Teshuva, Part 2

January 13, 2015 By: Dr. Elliott Malamet
In early 1982, I began to study something called "The 48 Ways of Wisdom" one night a week. This was a series of classes based on the last chapter of Pirkei Avot, Ethics of Our Fathers, at a home study group organized by a branch of Aish Hatorah in Toronto. I knew nothing of the organization and virtually nothing of Orthodox Judaism. A friend of mine, with whom I had shared English literature seminars at the...
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What We Talk About When We Talk About War

September 11, 2014 By: Dr. Elliott Malamet
In this, what was the summer of our discontent, it is worth looking at the words that were commonly used to moralize about the present war. At the top of the list perhaps  is "proportional",  defined in the OED as "corresponding in size or amount to something else,"  stemming from the late Latin proportionalis, "in respect of (its or a person's) share." But how does one parse what is the...
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New Paths for Ba'alei Teshuva: Part One

June 14, 2012 By: Dr. Elliott Malamet
This series of blog posts seeks to discuss, if only preliminarily, the journey of ba’alei teshuvah (loosely defined as those who were not raised in a home of halakhic observance but chose this way of life at some point) and their place within Orthodox communities. Along with reflecting upon my own experience as a ba’al teshuvah, I would like to examine the mirror that ba’alei teshuva hold up to Orthodox society and the phenomenon of self-...
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Our Days Are Numbered

May 06, 2012 By: Dr. Elliott Malamet
Mark Steyn put it quite simply in America Alone: “Experts talk about root causes. But demography is the most basic root of all.” Prognostications about the future of any country, race or civilization must begin and end with the hard numbers. Is a given culture creating enough babies to reproduce its ranks? To cite one of Steyn’s examples, “By 2050, 60 percent of Italians will have no brothers, no sisters, no cousins, no aunts, no uncles. The big...
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