Jewish Journal

  • Reclaiming the Jewish Naqba, by Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    November 11, 2010 | 12:03 pm

    I do not know who Mayor Dieter Salomon of Freiburg Germany is, but he makes some excellent points – transformative – to help us define our relationship with history and with the Palestinians.  It involves an exhibit that a pro-Palestinian group wanted Freiburg to sponsor, which... read on

  • Accepting our own limits: Laziness or happiness?

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    November 9, 2010 | 9:07 pm

    We are taught early and often in life that we should shoot for the stars, dream high, aspire for greatness, and at any rate to never rest on our laurels. And there’s no question that we’ve gotten to where we are today by taking this advice to heart, and that the world is a better... read on

  • Rediscovering Prayer –by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    November 4, 2010 | 1:06 pm

    Perhaps I speak only for myself but I think generally we have lost the concept of prayer.  The upside of prayer in the Orthodox community is that we do it often.  But this is also the downside.  As a result of the commonness of our prayer I think, at least for me, prayer often can... read on

  • Modern Orthodoxy and Rabbinic Authority – Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    November 3, 2010 | 1:10 pm

    Rabbi Benny Lau has written an impassioned plea for education towards independent thought within the Religious Zionist / Modern Orthodox community. He criticizes blind obedience to Torah sages. Such obedience e, Rabbi Lau argues, leads to a “culture of dependency and submission.”... read on

  • Chicago Muslims Stand Together With the Jewish Community by Rabbi Lopatin

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    November 1, 2010 | 9:03 am


    I have worked over the years with building Jewish-Muslim relations in Chicago by co-chairing the Jewish Muslim Community Building Initiative of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, a social justice organization.  Our shul has hosted every year an Iftar meal for Muslims to... read on




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