Jewish Journal

So Resilient. So Fragile.

By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

December 28, 2010 | 5:36 pm

This past Shabbat, a dear friend rose at the third Shabbat meal to speak about her mother, whose fifth yahrzeit was that day. Her mother had been the sole member of her family to survive... read on

  • Humanity before Politics

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    December 21, 2010 | 4:06 pm

    A bunch of years ago while attending a Darfur rally, I came into possession of a T-shirt whose front reads, “Humanity before Politics”.  It’s become one of my favorite T-shirts to wear while hiking, and each time I do complete strangers stop me to, for the most part,... read on

  • Shopping, Conspicuous Consumption and Jews – Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    December 21, 2010 | 4:01 pm

    Dear Friends,

    I found this article about shopping to be very insightful and reflective of some very important values.
    I have often commented on the plague of conspicuous consumption that exists in the Jewish community. This article should make us think about how we shop.

    Perhaps... read on

  • Were our Avot and Imahot (ancestors) perfect?  Did they keep the whole Torah? –By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    December 15, 2010 | 2:51 pm

    Often we limit the Torah. We project our own ideas onto it—what we already identify with, ideas we think the Torah should be teaching us. Sometimes we feel the Torah cannot defend itself or be of value as it is, thus we fashion seatbelts for it that, I think, ultimately detract from... read on

  • “I Am So Happy. You Don’t Even Know”

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    December 7, 2010 | 5:05 pm

    Though hunched over her walker, and barely able to shuffle her feet, Ruthie (not her real name) was flying. “I am so happy. So happy. Thank you.” It took a little doing to maneuver her into the front seat of my car, but after a few minutes she was seated and comfortable, and we... read on