Jewish Journal

Making Sure Judaism is Fair

By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

November 27, 2009 | 11:47 am

One of the tenets of Morethodoxy as I see it is finding as many and as wide a range of opportunities as possible within halacha for all Jews to engage in Judaism and connect to God.  In... read on

  • International Rabbinic Fellowship – Press Release

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    November 26, 2009 | 9:37 am

    Contact: Rabbi Jason Herman, Executive Director Phone: 917.751.5265 Email: jlherman@jlherman.net FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 9 A.M. EDT, November 20, 2009


    Rabbis from across the United States, Canada, South America, Israel and Hong Kong came... read on

  • Arrested for Wearing a Tallit?

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    November 25, 2009 | 11:47 pm

    I was outraged and shocked to read of the recent arrest of Nofrat Frenkel, a woman who was arrested at the Kotel, the Western Wall, for wearing a talit and carrying a Torah.  Now, I know that the issue of women praying publicly at the kotel is complex.  Yet, I was outraged at the... read on

  • Are We Our own Biggest Problem - Part 2

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    November 25, 2009 | 4:43 pm

    In my previous post, http://www.jewishjournal.com/morethodoxy/item/are_we_our_own_biggest_problem_39091110/  , I listed four ways in which we, the Orthodox community, are shooting ourselves in the foot. That is to say, at a time in Jewish history when it’s particularly important... read on

  • Saying Kaddish Over Kaddish - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    November 24, 2009 | 8:41 am

    A well known phenomenon of American Jewry is the widespread recitation of kaddish in memory of deceased parents. Even those Jews who are not particularly observant find deep meaning in reciting kaddish for deceased parents. Even those Jews who otherwise rarely come to weekday minyan... read on

  • Defining Morethodoxy (a repost of an earlier Morethodoxy essay)

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    November 20, 2009 | 1:16 am

    Morethodoxy.  One more label to add to an already thinly divided Jewish world?

    In subtitling our blog “Exploring the Breadth, Depth and Passion of Orthodox Judaism,” I think we aim to overcome the limitations that labels impose.  To see Jewish life not as it often is seen today... read on

  • Programs that Modern Orthodox Synagogues Should be Running

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    November 11, 2009 | 10:10 pm

    This past week, we commemorated Kristallnacht, Night of Broken Glass.  It is a day that we think about the loss of six million Jews. But this year, at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, we commemorated 6 million and one. This past June, at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in DC,... read on

  • Are we our own biggest problem?

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    November 11, 2009 | 3:15 am

    Despite the best and sincere efforts of numerous Orthodox kiruv organizations, the vast majority of world Jewry will never become Orthodox, at least as Orthodoxy is presently conceived. This is not to say that we should throw in the “kiruv” towel (though a less condescending word... read on

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