Jewish Journal

  • 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

  • Rabbi Shafner’s Series of On-Location Video Divrey Torah from Israel

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    June 22, 2010 | 1:50 pm

    Just click here to watch them: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=rabbishafner&aq=f

  • Morethodoxy will be Regularly Back Online in About Two Weeks

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    June 22, 2010 | 1:50 pm

    Thanks for bearing with us as we regroup, add some bloggers and get back to regular posting in just 2 weeks or so…..

  • Greeting Newcomers in Shul

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    June 22, 2010 | 1:39 pm

    I recently sent an email to my congregation (United Orthodox Synagogues - UOS) on the importance of shuls being welcoming to newcomers. My email was motivated by having spent time in various orthodox shuls without being welcomed or greeted. I received the following email in response... read on

  • Rabbi Lopatin clarifies his Respect for Rav Shai Held

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    May 6, 2010 | 8:27 pm

    As an addendum for more comments regarding Rav Schachter’s shiur at the RCA, I wanted to clarify a few things:

    1) I have tremendous respect and admiration for Rabbi Shai Held who wrote the critique of Rav Schacter, at least in terms of “chidush”.  Rabbi Held is a... read on

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