Jewish Journal

  • 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

  • Free The Hurva!!!  Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    July 18, 2010 | 6:17 pm

    Free The Hurva!!! – Rabbi Barry Gelman
    I was in Israel last week and attempted to visit the rebuilt Churva shul in the old city. I was with a friend and we were told that it was closed to tourists expect for tefilla time and after 7PM. We were told that it is used for torah study... read on

  • Rabbi Lopatin responds to the Arrest of Anat Hoffman at the Kotel for Carrying a Sefer Torah

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    July 15, 2010 | 8:20 am

    R. Leibowitz’s view of the Kotel as Avodah Zarah rings so true here.  However, everyone, both Chareidim, Dati Le’umi, Chilonim and Reform have a right to worship Avoda Zara in the modern State of Israel.  After all, Chacham Ovadia writes that it the State of Israel has to protect... read on

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