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rabbi 05 smallsf badge lgRabbi Joel Landau  ( has been the Rabbi of Adath Israel since May 2013. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate in Jerusalem and has served previously as a congregational Rabbi in Charleston, South Carolina and Irvine, California. A full biography of Rabbi Landau is available here.


This week I share with you three totally unrelated hot-ish topics that, in my opinion, share a very important common denominator. They are written in a balanced, sensitive and respectful way. Since this past Monday was Columbus Day, my first offering is a (relatively long) piece on the pros and cons of Columbus and what he represented. After that, we focus on the controversy about the OU refusing to grant a hechsher to fake pork. Lastly, we take on Dave Chappelle’s “Space Jews” joke and explain without hysterics why it really isn't funny and how it is actually quite dangerous. 

Blog #1: “Columbus sailed the ocean blue,” by Jeff Jacoby, originally published in the Boston Globe 

Blog #2: “Judaism often thrives on new technologies. That doesn’t mean impossible pork should be kosher.” by David Zvi Kalman, originally published in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Blog #3: “Dave Chapelle’s antisemitism isn’t funny,” by Mark Goldfeder, originally published in Israel Hayom