Jewish Journal

Is It All in a Name?

By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

October 15, 2009 | 10:15 am

I am sitting on a panel tomorrow night with some of my esteemed female colleagues for a discussion about female spiritual leaders in the Orthodox community. (Beyond the Glass Ceiling: New... read on

  • The Naked Sukkah

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    October 14, 2009 | 3:34 am

    It started raining on Monday night, so I had to scramble to get the Sukkah decorations down before they got ruined. (Incredibly, even though we’re in a drought in Southern California, the rain is “bad” because it might cause mudslides. It’s hard to know what to pray for…) I... read on

  • Hooray!  I have Finally Found a Home in the Israeli Political System, Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    October 13, 2009 | 11:57 pm

    If you have read this blog, you know that all of us, rabbis and Maharat, think out of the box and sometimes unpredictably.  You may have seen my views of the One State solution, one democratic, Jewish and Palestinian State allowing all self declared Jews to return and Palestinians to... read on

  • Now What - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    October 13, 2009 | 11:18 am

    Now What….?

    Now that all the “bells and whistles” of the high Holidays and Sukkot are gone, what will be of our spiritual journey? There is a lot that attracts us to synagogue during the month of Tishrei. With the excitement of Rosh Hashana, the awe of Yom Kippur and the joy... read on

  • A great answer to a famous Sukkot question

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    October 8, 2009 | 9:59 pm

    Every child learns the question in Jewish day school.  If the sukkah reminds us of God’s protection of the Jewish people in the desert why don’t we build it in the month of Nisan when the Jewish people left Egypt.  There are many answers but one that Rav Yitzchok Hutner gives in... read on

  • Spending Money on Lulavim and Etrogim

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    October 8, 2009 | 10:33 am

    I learned an important lesson from a member of our community this past Sukkot.  Dr. Levy (pseudonym) who is blind, came to the lobby of our shul to buy a lulav and etrog.  There he was picking out his set, with a bunch of frightened Bnei Akiva teens trying to figure out how to help... read on

  • This week Hallel….next week it is up to us. - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    October 6, 2009 | 12:28 pm

    Yesterday was the Ushpizin of Yitzchak….so let’s talk about Yitzchak.
    I just finished reading a disturbing article by an Israeli Rabbinic Scholar that suggesting that the main charter trait of Yitzchak was passivity animated by complete faith in God. After all, when Avimelech... read on

  • Yalta: Encountering Rabbinic Authority

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    October 1, 2009 | 10:56 am

    There are few named women in the Talmud. One of the few is Yalta, the wife of Rav Nachman, a third generation Babylonian Amora, and the daughter of the Reish Galuta, a wealthy and well-respected figure. When I first learned about Yalta, it was like discovering a timeless friend—a... read on

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