Jewish Journal

  • Were our ancestors perfect?

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    November 28, 2011 | 8:43 am

    Last week I wrote a blog post on another blog in which I suggested Abraham had on some level failed the test of bringing his son Isaac as a sacrifice on Mount Moriah.  That instead of bringing him perhaps the more ethical response would have been to protect the innocent child even... read on

  • Some further thoughts and an apology about child conversion- Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    November 26, 2011 | 7:31 pm

    I want to clarify that my aside regarding giving an aliyha to a goy after he had been called up accidentally as a question of kavod habriot verses an issur d’rabanan was probably wrong.  Though generally kavod habriot is docheh an issur dirababanan (Gemara Berachot 19b), this... read on

  • The conversion of minors –by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    November 23, 2011 | 7:33 am

    Recently I met with a young couple whose wedding I will soon perform.  They are both observant and the man was born a Jew.  The woman was converted as a young child since her mother was not Jewish, though her father was.  She and her siblings were converted as children by a very... read on

  • Send in the Super-Duper Committee

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    November 22, 2011 | 1:36 pm

    The morning after the deflating failure of the Super Committee, a lot of us woke up asking where all the adults are. (The ones who don’t let their debt-ridden family slide off a cliff.) It must of course be that there are still some lurking somewhere in the halls of Congress, and... read on

  • An Orthodox Gay Wedding?

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    November 17, 2011 | 10:35 pm

    As has been widely reported, Rabbi Steve Greenberg performed a Jewish wedding ceremony for Yoni Bock and Ron Kaplan last week, a ceremony being referred to in at least one press account as “the first Orthodox gay wedding”.  This description derives from the fact that Rabbi... read on

  • Putting the “J” Back In Orthodoxy

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    November 8, 2011 | 2:58 pm

    “Shall the Judge of all the earth not do justice?”

    By humbly but firmly addressing this remarkable question to God, our father Avraham installed justice as a primary Jewish value. Everything, even the Divine intention, needs to be measured by the yardstick of justice. One can... read on

  • Mocked by Kim Kardashian.  You, Me, All of Us.

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    November 3, 2011 | 3:58 pm

    A few months ago, I was sitting in the car with my 18 year old son, as Kim Kardashian’s name was mentioned on the radio. “Who is that guy?” I asked (though for the life of me I can’t explain what male name I thought Kim was a diminutive of.) After one very long incredulous... read on

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