Jewish Journal

Simchat Torah’s Heart Tug

By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

October 5, 2010 | 9:41 pm

There’s no shortage of reasons that Simchat Torah might be one of your least favorite days in shul. It’s another long morning in a season of long mornings. Dancing might not be your... read on

  • Modern Orthodoxy - Can We Have It All?

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    October 4, 2010 | 10:27 am

    Modern Orthodoxy – Can We Have It All?


    Below is a link to an article from colleague, Rabbi Dr. Jeffrey Woolf who is a Senior Lecturer in the Talmud Department at Bar Ilan University. His article uses the recent participation of Esther Petrack on America’s Next Top... read on

  • May Last Year Be a Shana Tova!

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    September 8, 2010 | 10:32 am

    Today is a day of Awe because today is a day on which we perform the miracle of changing the past. Submitting to the shofar, surrendering to the tefilla, we look backwards. And yes, initially, looking into the past is painful, is embarrassing, and it generates irremediable regret.... read on

  • May It Be a Year of Knowing What To Ask For -Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    September 7, 2010 | 2:19 pm

    Shanah Tova to all!



  • 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

  • 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

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