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The Voice of Women

By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

July 31, 2009 | 9:52 am

Yesterday someone asked me why women on the women’s side in my Shul sing-along with the congregation whereas at the previous synagogue the person had attended the women had not been... read on

  • Questioning on Tisha B’Av

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    July 30, 2009 | 3:11 am

    On Tisha b’Av, we are given permission to ask Eicha—How.  Or why.  How could you do this to us, God. How could you allow so much destruction and tragedy to enter our lives.  Although Jeremiah himself challenged God, these questions feel quite blasphemous.  We are not supposed to... read on

  • Of Laundering Money in Brooklyn and Deal

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    July 29, 2009 | 1:24 am

    All that has been said about the scandal emanating out of Brooklyn and Deal, N.J. is true. Yes, it’s time that (especially) Orthodox schools and communities focus our educational attention on instruction in ethics. Yes, we have to make sure to distinguish between Judaism – which... read on

  • Gentiles and Kiddush Hashem – Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    July 28, 2009 | 10:00 am

    I have spent the last week in Camp Moshava in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Being here has been a real treat. Camp Moshava is a living breathing “kiddush Hashem”. One of the many outstanding aspects of my experience thus far has been the wide variety of orthodox Jews that work here.

    ... read on
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  • Gentiles and Kiddush Hashem – Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    July 28, 2009 | 10:00 am

    I have spent the last week in Camp Moshava in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Being here has been a real treat. Camp Moshava is a living breathing “kiddush Hashem”. One of the many outstanding aspects of my experience thus far has been the wide variety of orthodox Jews that work here.

    ... read on
  • Humility and Apologies Before Tisha B’av,by Rabbi Lopatin

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    July 28, 2009 | 12:25 am

    On this week of Tish’a B’av, I want to write in a different tone.  Yes,  I do believe firmly in working on Kiddush Hashem, and avoiding Chilul Hashem.  I said my piece last week.  This time I want to apologize to anyone I might have hurt by the tone of my message.  In writing... read on

  • Bridging Religious and Secular Jewish Life in Israel -by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    July 24, 2009 | 4:33 pm

    I spent the past week in Israel at a meeting of Tzohar Rabbis.  Tzohar is an organization of several hundred rabbis, mostly Israeli, who want to create a “window between worlds,” -between the world of religious and non-religious Jews in Israel which right now is more of a wall. ... read on

  • Rabbi Lopatin Accepts Invitation to Visit Me’ah She’arim

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    July 24, 2009 | 1:53 pm

    Rabbi Pinchas Lipschutz, editor and publisher of the US Yated Ne’eman has invited me to see first hand the Chareidi community in Me’ah She’arim, and I have accepted that invitation, hopefully in the form of a mission to Israel of unity, achdut, within the Orthodox community.  I am... read on

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