Jewish Journal

  • An Apology to our MTA Classmates Who Were Victimized

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 18, 2013 | 4:46 pm

    As Elul rushes toward Tishrai, my good friend Joey Lipner and I have penned a letter of apology to our classmates who were compelled to "wrestle" with Rabbi Finkelstein. In it, we apologize for never having said or done anything, even as we were quite aware of the bizarre things... read on

  • The Lesson on Yom Kippur

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    August 15, 2013 | 2:54 pm

    This month of Elul leads up to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  It is a time of reflection and tishuvah, return, but with what should we emerge from this process? 

    Elul, Rosh Hashanah, the 10 Days of Tishuvah and Yom Kippur culminates in a service performed once a year on Yom... read on

  • “I Have Not Been Troubled by Them”: Another Angle on the Question du Jour

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 8, 2013 | 11:15 pm

    (Readers are invited to find the numerous recent posts on this topic at www.morethodoxy.org)

    I love my wife. And this love shapes my daily routine, and defines the contours of the way I live. I am aware of the scientific position that what we call love is in reality a complex set... read on

  • Torah Min Hashamayim:Some Brief Reflections on Classical and Contemporary Models- Rabbi Nati Helfgot

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    July 21, 2013 | 8:58 am

    Torah Min Hashamayim: Some Brief Reflections on Classical and Contemporary Models
    Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot is on the faculty of the SAR High School and serves as the Chair of the Bible and Jewish Though Departments at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School. He is the rabbi of... read on

  • Of Sexual Abuse, Yeshiva, and Teshuva

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    July 7, 2013 | 12:40 pm

    Between September 1977 and June 1981 I attended Yeshiva University High School,  commonly known as MTA. During that time Rabbi George Finkelstein was the principal, and Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm  - a once and forever hero of American Orthodoxy - was the President of the University.. I... read on

  • Sunset

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    May 24, 2013 | 9:43 am

    “Halachikly alive.” It’s a term that, ironically enough, is only used when we’re in a situation of death and dying. My mother-in-law, who until a few months ago was a vivacious wife, mother, grandmother and Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Nutrition, is today, heart... read on

  • The Stranger Within Your Gates - by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    April 24, 2013 | 9:29 am

    On a recent Shabbat, Bais Abraham hosted a panel speakers from Eshel  (www.eshelonline.org),  a national organization building communities of support, learning, and inclusion for Orthodox lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews.  The three speakers were LGBT Orthodox... read on

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