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  • Why We Need a Reversion of Conversion-By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    April 3, 2010 | 5:51 pm

    A while back I sent a certain Orthodox rabbi a link to Rabbi Mark Angel’s article about conversion which appeared in the Forward http://www.forward.com/articles/11985/ in which Rabbi Angel argues quoting former chief Sephardic Rabbi Uziel, that we should err on the side of... read on

  • Fight For Your Quinoa!

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    March 23, 2010 | 1:50 pm

    This one is really in our hands. Quinoa has been a breath of fresh culinary air in the non-kitniyot Pesach kitchen, and has restored dietary sanity to us Ashkenazim. But the kitniyot zealots are lurking. The OU, for example, has begun to equivocate on quinoa’s non-kitniyot status... read on

  • The Mesorah and Her Alleged Heretics

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    March 16, 2010 | 11:20 pm

    With the dust settling (for the moment) over the issue of ordaining women, a question of a much more sweeping and urgent nature needs to be squarely addressed. The right-wing opponents of the RCA’s measured statement are demanding with one voice that the ordination of women... read on

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  • We Are All Jews…. Sort Of – Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    March 10, 2010 | 1:53 pm

    We Are All Jews…. Sort Of – Rabbi Barry Gelman

    The Big Sort by Bill Bishop follows the phenomenon of the sorting of America into communities made up of like minded people with similar religious, political and social views. The also traces some of the outcomes of this... read on

  • Religious Zionism, Creativity, and the Future of the Jewish People-by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    March 8, 2010 | 2:57 pm

    In a recent Jerusalem post article Rabbi Daniel Gordis wrote that in his view there is no creativity in the torah of religious Zionism and that indeed since Rabbi Solovetchik and Rabbi Kook there has not been any.  As a result he does not feel that religious Zionism is able to speak... read on

  • Modern Orthodoxy’s Parallel Universe - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    March 3, 2010 | 5:50 am

    Modern Orthodoxy’s Parallel Universe
    Modern Orthodoxy’s identity crisis is manifested in compartmentalized living. It seems that many in the Modern Orthodox camp live their lives and at other times live their Jewish lives. Often the two do not resemble on another.
    Here are a few... read on

  • What’s “modern” about Modern Orthodoxy?

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    March 2, 2010 | 5:44 pm

    Over the last few days, two thoughtful writers and teachers articulated a blunt truth about Modern Orthodoxy. They each pointed out that most of us who identify ouselves as Modern Orthodox, are not meaningfully living up to the challenge that this noble term implies. We seem not to... read on

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