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The Religious Cost of Rejecting Feminism’s Core Moral Claim

By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

January 29, 2012 | 7:04 pm

Jewish women sit on a bus in Bethlehem as men, standing next to the controversial Israeli barrier, are reflected in the bus window on Nov. 8, 2011. Photo by Reuters/Baz Ratner

Rav Moshe Feinstein was never known as a feminist. But he both understood and accepted feminism’s core moral claim.

In a remarkable 1976 responsum he wrote bluntly about what he... read on

  • Entire Letter For Beit Shemesh Response – Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    January 18, 2012 | 2:33 pm

    It was suggested that I put the entire letter I wrote about responding to Beit Shemesh on the blog – so here it is.

    Dear Friends,

    A few weeks ago I spoke in shul about the ongoing crisis in Beit Shemesh, Israel where a group of extremist Chareidim are attempting to intimidate the... read on

  • A Productive Response To Beit Shemesh - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    January 17, 2012 | 6:18 pm

    Dear Friends,
    A few weeks ago I spoke in shul about the ongoing crisis in Beit Shemesh, Israel where a group of extremist Chareidim are attempting to intimidate the Religious Zionist / Modern Orthodox community. There has been rock throwing, spitting, verbal abuse and threats.
    After the sermon a number of people asked if there is anything that our community can do to support the community under attack.

    Follow this link to learn how you cna respond in a productive manner.

  • Why I Need To Be/Think/Write Free.

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    January 16, 2012 | 11:36 am

    “The first of the bill of rights for a frumme yid (religious Jew) is not freedom of speech! There is NO freedom of speech and freedom to write in our constitution [the Ten Commandments]!”  This was the fiery climax of Rabbi Shimshon Sherer’s talk at the Agudah convention last... read on

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  • Homosexuals in the Orthodox Community

    by Rabbi Zev Farber

    January 10, 2012 | 9:42 pm

    -Rabbi Zev Farber was ordained (yoreh yoreh and yadin yadin) by YCT Rabbinical School. He is the founder of AITZIM (Atlanta Institute of Torah and Zionism) - an adult education initiative. Rabbi Farber serves on the board of the International Rabbinic Fellowship (IRF) and is the... read on

  • What’s in a blessing

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    January 8, 2012 | 3:04 pm

    In this past shabbat’s torah portion Yaakov blesses his children with unusual blessings.  We imagine blessings to be good wishes or promises for the future, here though Yaakov seems to bless his children by describing them, their strengths and weaknesses, in some instances, such as... read on

  • The Tragic Unraveling of Haredi Judaism

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    January 4, 2012 | 12:45 pm

    It is obviously too early to know for sure, but it is plausible that we are witnessing the slow-motion unraveling of Haredi Judaism. Between periodic money-laundering and sexual abuse scandals in US Haredi communities, and the militant intolerance of others on display today in Israel... read on

  • No Time For Chareidi Bashing: What We Can Learn From Our Reaction to Beit Shemesh

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    January 2, 2012 | 2:44 pm

    There have been numerous takes on the recent events in Beit Shemesh. Most of them have focused on politics and sociology. I would like to offer a brief analysis based on spiritual values and, humbly submit what we can learn from our reaction to these events.

    The chareidi men who... read on

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Our Orthodox Rabbis and an Orthodox Maharat writing about how they see Judaism, Israel, the Jewish People and our world.

Rabbi Hyim Shafner is the Rabbi of Bais Abraham...

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