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  • Individuality and The Jewish Community - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    September 1, 2010 | 2:46 pm

    As Rosh Hashana approaches, I wonder about standing before God as an individual. Some much of Judaism is based on the group that it sometimes is hard to find room for the individual to make unique contributions.
    Rabbi Naftali Tzi Yehuda Berlin (The Netziv), commenting on this... read on

  • Yogi on Teshuva

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 24, 2010 | 12:36 pm

    Yogi Berra was notorious for swinging at pitches well outside the strike zone, sometimes even hitting them. On one less fortunate occasion, he swung wildly at such a pitch and struck out badly. As he entered the dugout, his manager asked, “Yogi, don’t you ever think when you’re... read on

  • Thoughts For The New Year - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    August 18, 2010 | 10:31 am

    While Rosh Hashana is still a few weeks away, for many of us the year really begins now as our children head back to school. With that come the hectic schedules, the carpools, and the feeling that we do not even have time to breathe.

    I think the advice of Rabbi Kolonomus Kalman... read on

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  • The Theological Implications of Brussel Sprouts –By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    August 13, 2010 | 8:36 am

    To be sure as Orthodox Jews we believe that God gave the Torah to be relevant for all times (yemot hamoshiach and the kashrut of bacon aside).  Often it is argued that it can not be the case that something in nature has changed which would render something in the torah to no longer... read on

  • 10 things I’ve learned (in 20 years as a rabbi)

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 13, 2010 | 1:22 am

    This week, I marked my 47th birthday. I know. It’s a pretty non-descript number. More significantly though, the birthday marked 20 years since I entered the congregational rabbinate (I can’t believe it.) So in celebration, I’ve put together the list of:

    10 Things I’ve... read on

  • What Each of Us Can Do to Help Jews Marry Jews, by Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    August 9, 2010 | 9:41 am

    As a follow-up to some observations I made last week about the Mezvinsky-Clinton wedding, I want to offer so positive, real ways for all of us to help encourage Jews to marry Jews.  Across the board, from Reform to Orthodox to Ultra-Orthodox, I think we can all agree that Jews... read on

  • Are We Torah True? -By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    August 8, 2010 | 5:00 pm

    In a recent blog post http://blog.rabbijason.com/2010/08/yes-orthodox-judaism-changes-too.html Rabbi Jason Miller argues that orthodoxy can not legitimately claim it is Torah true any more than Conservative or Reform Judaism can, since things in Orthodoxy also change, only slower. ... read on

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