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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

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  • 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

  • From the Sidelines, Cheering the Blocking of Prop 8

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 5, 2010 | 2:16 pm

    Just 48 hours ago, I posted a few thoughts about the recently-released Orthodox “Statement of Principles on the Place of Jews with a Homosexual Orientation in Our Community.”  (Below, I have pasted that post’s central idea, as well as the link for the full text of the... read on

  • The Drift is Over

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 3, 2010 | 5:07 pm


    The recently released Statement of Principles concerning homosexuals within the Orthodox community has gotten a great deal of notice, both here and in Israel. (If you haven’t yet seen the text, it is here: http://statementofprinciplesnya.blogspot.com/ )
    The document was authored... read on

  • Chilul Hashem and Kiddush Hashem: The Clinton Mezvinsky Wedding

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    August 2, 2010 | 10:40 pm

    We are living in interesting times.  In years past, it would be clear that an intermarriage, between a Jew and a Methodist, with a rabbi and a Methodist minister co-officiating, on a Shabbat afternoon, no less, is a high level chilul Hashem: Have we no pride?  Have we no shame?  And... read on

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