Jewish Journal

  • Let’s Get Jonathan Pollard Out of Jail

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    October 6, 2010 | 8:52 am


    Representative Barney Frank, a liberal Democrat close to the Obama administration, is circulating a letter through the House of Representatives calling for clemency for Jonathan Pollard. There is a lot we do not know about Pollard’s case, but what we do know is that his... read on

  • 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 thing. The kids running around with joyous abandon might get on your nerves. I have known... 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

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