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  • 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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  • 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

  • Kavvanot (Points to Consider) For A Meaningful Yom Kippur Prayer – 5772

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    October 7, 2011 | 7:14 am

    This guide will be placed in each Machzor at my shul. Feel free to print it out and use it on Yom Kippur. May we all be inscribed in the book of life.

    Kavvanot (Points to Consider) For A Meaningful Yom Kippur Prayer – 5772

    The Yom Kippur davening is challenging in that it is very... read on

  • Rosh Hashanah: A day of insight not atonement

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    September 20, 2011 | 11:38 pm

    What is the difference between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur?  We often refer to both as days of judgment, yet they seem as different as night and day.  Rosh Hashanah is a Yom Tov, a joyous holiday, on which we eat and drink and have simcha, joy.  In contrast, on Yom Kippur we are... read on

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