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  • 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

  • Simchat Torah and the World Series

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    October 27, 2011 | 12:09 pm

    It’s gets to me every year. I well up with tears the minute we begin reading B’raishit on Simchat Torah morning. I’ve always insisted, even when they were very young and having a grand time running around shul, that my kids be inside with a chumash open at that moment. I’m... read on

  • Purim vs. Halloween

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    October 24, 2011 | 5:00 pm

    The leaves fall and the air turns crisp and an underlying feeling of fear and foreboding enters our neighborhoods.  Graves pop us in front yards along with skeletons and the like, bringing death out of its boundaries and into our domains.  Parents, many Jewish parents included, will... read on

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