Jewish Journal

  • Weddings

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    October 29, 2009 | 11:42 pm

    I am the co-mesaderet kiddushin at a wedding next week.  It is not the first wedding I have participated in.  And at each ceremony, I can’t help but feel concerned about how the guests will respond to seeing a woman under the chupah.  Will people question whether the couple is... read on

  • Parshat Lekh Lekhah: The Covenant and the Jewish People -A Guest Post by Eugene Korn

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    October 28, 2009 | 11:46 am

    The Bible tells the story of the Jewish people—who we are and who we are challenged to be. Our national birth occurs in Chapter 12 of Genesis, when God instructs Abraham to leave his family and pagan Mesopotamian culture and journey to Canaan. Here he will start a new life, a new... read on

  • Getting Back To Basics – Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    October 27, 2009 | 12:00 pm

    Sometimes I wonder if the term Modern Orthodox serves as a hurdle for greater and more inspired religious growth. I am not questioning the philosophy of Modern Orthodoxy, I am concerned that the term Modern Orthodoxy is used to support a standard of living that is less than optimal.... read on

  • Tweaking the Jewish Image of Relationships

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    October 23, 2009 | 6:54 pm

    I recently went to hear Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski speak of the respect the Torah demands in relationships.  He quoted the Talmud, which says, “a man must love his wife as himself and respect her more than himself.”  He spoke of the fact that the Talmud forbids rape within... read on

  • May I Too Pray Like a Woman?

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    October 21, 2009 | 2:51 am

    One weekend. Two gatherings. Two conversations that, in retrospect, are profoundly linked.

    Saturday night, a conversation with a man who is new to Jewish practice, but is firmly committed to observance for the long haul. His Hebrew reading has become pretty fluent, but davening –... read on

  • Flying On An Airplane – Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    October 20, 2009 | 12:23 pm

    I flew to NY yesterday on a very early flight – too early to daven before I left so I had to daven on the plane.

    I have come to really enjoy davening on airplanes.

    First of all, on these early morning flights, as was the case yesterday morning, most people were asleep and it... read on

  • Science and Creationism: is there a conflict?

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    October 16, 2009 | 3:25 am

    This week Jews in synagogues around the world will begin again reading the Hebrew Bible from the beginning of the book of Genesis to finish the five books of Moses in 52 weeks hence.  Reading the biblical story of creation is on one hand enlightening in its stark contrast to many... read on

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