Jewish Journal

Mahara’t to Rabba

By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

January 28, 2010 | 12:04 am

Rabbi Weiss’ Comments Of Sara Hurwitz’s Title Change from Mahara”t to Rabba:
It is almost a year since Sara Hurwitz was given the title Mahara”t at a conferral ceremony.  I indicated... read on

  • A Rabbi’s Dilemma – Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    January 26, 2010 | 5:31 pm

    I am sure I am not the only rabbi faced with the dilemma of teaching torah to a population that does not have all the skills necessary for in-depth study.

    Morethodox communities with mixed demographics are ripe for this type of question.

    Spending time in Yeshiva one learns the... read on

  • Do We Have A Prayer?

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    January 20, 2010 | 2:56 am

    As Shabbat approached this past week, two things were immediately obvious. One was that we needed to daven for the people of Haiti in shul on Shabbat morning. The other was that there is nothing remotely close to a “Prayer for non-Israelites who are Suffering” anywhere in our... read on

  • More on Rav Samet’s Yeshivah in Lod and the Creativity of Talmud Study –by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    January 15, 2010 | 6:02 am

    There are several Torah scholars who derive creative philosophical, psychological, and quite modern thoughts from the Tanach and Midrash.  Among these authors is most notably Aviva Zorenberg, and I think she herself would argue, the Midrash itself.  There are also those commentaries... read on

  • “You Shall Walk with the Lord:” In Commemoration of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    January 14, 2010 | 12:53 pm

    I was recently asked to recall my most inspiring teaching from our wisdom.  In light of the tragedy in Haiti, and hoe each of us can help, as well as the commemoration of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. this coming Monday, and all that he stood for, I cannot help but think of the teaching... read on

  • The Converts In Our Midst - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    January 12, 2010 | 8:26 am

    The following is a digest of the sermon I delivered in my Synagogue on Shabbat, January 9th, 2010

    I feel compelled to address the recent conversion controversy in my sermon. I do so because two things changes.

    1.    The woman at the center of the controversy converted.
    2.   ... read on

  • The Importance and Value of Creativity in Talmud Study –by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    January 9, 2010 | 12:21 pm

    I and my family are living in Israel for the next 5 months on sabbatical.  Though we are living in Jerusalem I commute each day to the city of Lod to learn torah in the kollel of Rabbi Israel Samet.  It is a small group of mostly young married men who have finished their army service... read on

  • Times they are a’changin! R. Yosef Kanefsky

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    January 6, 2010 | 2:17 am

    For the last 14 years, I have been leading a Sunday morning discussion group with our Bnai/Bnot Mitzvah. It’s one of the highlights of my week. Every year, I devote one of the Sunday morning sessions to exploring the kids’ thoughts and feelings about the changing roles of girls... read on