Jewish Journal

  • The Rabbinate 101

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    August 6, 2009 | 12:09 am

    I recently got a taste of what it would be like to have my own pulpit, to be the rabbi of my own shul.  My esteemed colleagues Rabbis Avi Weiss and Steven Exler were on vacation, which left me in charge.  Alone.  In a 850-family shul. 

    Of course, as soon as everyone left, there... read on

  • Cellphones, Driving, and Halacha,  posted by Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 5, 2009 | 2:02 am

    This is written as a prayer for the full and speedy recovery of Margalit bat Miriam, who was struck and thrown from her wheelchair by a driver who did not see that the light had turned red, because he was speaking on his cellphone.

    The Federal government has begun the slow process... read on

  • Chessed Begins At Home - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    August 4, 2009 | 10:41 am

    Olam Chessed Yibaneh - the world can be built through kindness”.  This statement sums up the great potential inherent in acts of kindness. 
    We live in a community where many are deeply involved volunteer organizations of some sort or another. These activities fall under the... read on

  • Now Let’s Take a Critical Look at Ourselves, by Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    August 3, 2009 | 2:03 pm


    A few weeks ago I started outlining what I see as five pillars of contemporary Orthodox Judaism.  I am not trying to displace the Maimonidian 13 principles of faith, nor the four principles of Rav Yosef Albo.  I’m just trying to point out what I think are the key... read on

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