Jewish Journal

  • 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

  • Sleeping Over in the West Bank -By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    February 21, 2010 | 1:53 pm

    Two weeks ago I traveled with 40 Rabbis, Rabbinical students and educators to Bethlehem, and spent two days talking with Arabs in the West Bank who have committed themselves to solving the looming problems of the Israeli Palestinian conflict peacefully.  I slept overnight in the very... read on

  • Pay it Forward on Purim.      R. Yosef kanefsky

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    February 16, 2010 | 11:45 pm

    On Purim day, we open our hands to the Jewish poor. Of course on every day of the year we also open our hands to the Jewish poor, but on Purim day there is a specific mitzva to do so, for we are required to see to it that everyone has the capacity to partake in at least some kind of... read on

  • Take Back the Kotel Part II: Open Up Robinson’s Arch

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    February 16, 2010 | 3:48 pm

    Take Back the Kotel Part II: Give Us Robinson’s Arch!

    We’ve talked about problems at the Kotel before, and the incident of a woman putting a tallit on and being arrested – or “detained” – for that mitzvah has certainly raised awareness that something has to be done. ... read on

  • Bread and Butter Orthodoxy - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    February 16, 2010 | 2:18 pm

    Modern Orthodox Jews have a tendency to offer pronouncements on controversial issues. Some of those issues are the definition of orthodox, the ordination of orthodox women and the place of homosexuals in the orthodox community.
    As I have noted before, it seems that these issues and... read on

  • National American Inclusion Month

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    February 11, 2010 | 12:06 am

    February has been designated as National American Inclusion Month, a program embraced by Yachad and the OU to focus on raising awareness and developing sensitivity to what it means to live with disabilities.  Now, the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale built ramps before anyone else did.... read on

  • Not Your Dad’s Reform Movement: Rabbi Lopatin’s Breakfast of Discovery in a Reform Temple

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    February 10, 2010 | 4:36 pm

    I’m still flying from a great breakfast I had a big Reform shul on the North Shore, Temple Beth El.  What made is so special was that I expected some kind of a left-wing speaker on Israel, food that I couldn’t eat because while it might be dairy, wouldn’t be under hashgacha,... read on

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