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  • 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

  • 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

  • Halacha as Business-My Take on the Rotem Bill-By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    July 29, 2010 | 3:28 pm

    The recent (now tabled)  bill submitted to the Kenesset by MK Rotem expands the range of whom under law in Israel has the authority to perform conversions, and in addition severely limits anyone’s ability to retroactively undo a conversion performed in Israel. 

    The bill was... read on

  • We Did it on Tisha Bav. And You Can Too.

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    July 28, 2010 | 10:35 am

    It wasn’t about making a point, or advancing an agenda. Nobody invited our local Jewish journalists, and even the one who was there never entertained the idea of writing about it. Because even though it had never happened before, we weren’t doing it in order to make local Jewish... read on

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