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  • 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

    Friends,
    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

  • Orthodox Halachic Innovation: Rabbi Lopatin’s tribute to Rav Hershel Schachter, shli"ta

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    May 5, 2010 | 1:22 pm

    Rabbi Shai Held, Rosh HaYeshiva of Yeshivat Hadar in New York just recently wrote an Op Ed critical of Rav Hershel Schachter’s position prohibiting the ordination of women as rabbis.  Rabbi Schachter, perhaps the preeminent Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University and a student of Rav... read on

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  • Rabbi Lopatin’s interpretation of the “No Women Rabbis” resolution of the RCA

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    May 3, 2010 | 11:25 am

    The aftermath of the Rabbinical Council of America Convention, 2010 with Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    Friends, let me add an addendum to Rav Yosef’s thoughts on the RCA conference and the “no women rabbis” resolution.  This is from an e-dialogue I had last week (28 April 2010) with... read on

  • So What Happened at the RCA Convention?

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    April 28, 2010 | 11:49 pm

    The RCA convention is over, and everybody’s gone home. Back to the work we do, the work, with God’s help, of healing and helping, teaching and inspiring. The convention was - for me - a two day stroll in the twilight zone, to a place far removed from the daily realty of rabbinic... read on

  • What is the Purpose of Zionism, Part 2- By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    April 25, 2010 | 1:56 pm

    Last week I wrote that it seemed from the torah that the goal of the Jewish people to be a “blessing to all the peoples of the world” as God tells Abraham, can only happen by going to the “land which I will show you,” and there becoming a “great nation.”  Why is it that... read on

  • A Moment of Truth for the RCA

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    April 25, 2010 | 12:00 pm

    I took the red-eye from LA to New York right after Shabbos. I hate red-eyes. But I decided I had to present for the RCA convention, which will begin in about an hour.

    As has already been reported in the Forward, there is something worrisome and dramatic that threatens to unfold... read on

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