Jewish Journal

  • Football, Sex, and the Jews

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    October 26, 2010 | 5:39 pm

    A couple of Sundays ago, our 9 year old was watching a football game on TV. Seemed like a reasonable activity in between several things that had been scheduled for the day. I sat down next to him, and within minutes was confronting a “parenting moment”. The first beer commercial... read on

  • Score card for Jonathan Pollard: Ask your Rep!

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    October 22, 2010 | 11:03 am

    I have been pushing for a letter of clemency for Jonathan Pollard that Rep. Barney Frank was circulating to members of the U.S. House of Representatives to ask President Obama to extend clemency to Mr. Pollard.  My information is that it was presented to President Obama with thirty... read on

  • Esther Petrack: Do-over. Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    October 19, 2010 | 7:05 pm

    Esther Petrack: Do-over. Rabbi Barry Gelman
    Dear Friends,

    Please see below:

    I am Esther Petrack’s mother and since her level of religious observance has attracted so much attention on the internet, I feel the need to clarify a few points.

    The fateful 4 words “I will do it”... read on

  • Does Orthodoxy Change? -by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    October 19, 2010 | 4:41 pm

    (The following is a message I wrote to my congregation and was also printed in the most recent newsletter of the Chicago Rabbinical Council (CRC).)

    Recently several Orthodox congregations that have embraced wider roles for women within their synagogues have been in the news and the... read on

  • On the Other Side of a Cardiac Emergency

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    October 12, 2010 | 1:31 pm

    (What follows in an exceprt of what I shared with my wonderful kehilla on my first Shabbat back on the pulpit. It’s just about re-learning life’s simplest things.)

    We don’t often notice it, but our daily morning liturgy is powerfully determined to get us to imagine and experience... read on

  • Did Abraham Fail his Final Test?  By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    October 11, 2010 | 11:21 pm

    Over Rosh Hashanah I thought a lot about the Akedah, the binding of Isaac, since the story is so central to Rosh Hashanah. The most important questions that are asked about the Akedah are what gave Abraham the right to offer his child without asking Sara,  since Isaac is her child... read on

  • Football and Faith - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    October 8, 2010 | 1:32 pm

    Earlier this week I posted an article related to a Modern Orthodox woman who was a contestant on ANTM. The article raised the question as to whether or not Modern Orthodoxy has made a mistake in thinking that we can have it all.

    Here is a link to an article by Ken Herman of the... read on

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