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  • 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

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  • 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

  • Faith Comes in Different Shades

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    July 12, 2010 | 10:42 pm

    I have an uneasy relationship with the idea that God intervenes in my personal life.  I do believe I have an intimate, personal relationship with God. I feel it when I daven (on good days), at moments of heightened emotion (of whatever sort), and when I seek His advice on life’s... read on

  • Do Zealots make Good Jewish Leaders?  -by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    July 4, 2010 | 2:09 pm

    This past week we read in the Torah of Pinchus, someone who stands up to fulfill what is written in Pirkey Avot (The Ethics of Our Fathers), “In a place where there is no one, stand up and be someone”.  He is the classic zealot for God.  Several paragraphs latter when God tells... read on

  • Transitions and Blessings

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    June 24, 2010 | 6:13 pm

    It’s that time of year again, when we pass through the tunnel of transition.The kids have completed another grade in school, and proudly pronounce themselves members of the grade that they’ll be starting in September. Their unrelenting march toward adulthood takes a seemingly sudden... read on

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Our Orthodox Rabbis and an Orthodox Maharat writing about how they see Judaism, Israel, the Jewish People and our world.

Rabbi Hyim Shafner is the Rabbi of Bais Abraham...

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