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  • Judith the Jewess

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    December 17, 2009 | 12:34 pm

    Mahara”t Sara Hurwitz
    The Book of Judith is associated with Chanukah. And yet, the book is not canonized as part of Tanach, and therefore, is not studied with any frequency.  There are several reasons given for why the book was not canonized.  The main one is that the dates, names... read on

  • More on “The Ever-Narrowing Orthodox Mind”. Posted by R. Yosef Kanefsky

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    December 16, 2009 | 3:47 am

    I thank all of my friends and new friends who have shared comments on the “Ever-Narrowing Orthodox Mind” (You can see many of them at


    There are numerous ways in which I’d like to engage and respond,... read on

  • Open Your Eyes - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    December 15, 2009 | 10:30 am

    Chanukah Candles are a unique mitzvah is that they differ from other Mitzvot that require candle lighting.
    Shabbat candles are lit to provide light and to honor the Shabbat meals (think candle light dinner)
    honor for the meals
    The Candles in the Beit Hamikdash we lit to honor the... read on

  • Women of the Wall Respond

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    December 10, 2009 | 12:04 pm

    My post entitled “Arrested for Wearing a Tallit” evoked quite a passionate reaction.  In response, I want to point out that “Women of the Wall” is a non denominational organization, looking to provide women with the right to pray at the kotel.  Advocating for this right does... read on

  • The Ever-Narrowing Orthodox Mind.

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    December 9, 2009 | 2:06 am

    Another way that we are unnecessarily making Orthodoxy unappealing to folks is by tolerating the perception that Orthodox Jews are bound by a set of religious dogmas, many of which strike the modern mind as being highly implausible and/or deeply offensive. I’m referring to the... read on

  • On Line Psak – Bad Medicine - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    December 8, 2009 | 8:56 am

    I am sure that many are familiar with the phenomenon on internet piskei halach – the popular notion of asking halachik questions, usually anonymously, to a rabbi. Often times even the rabbi who is answering in anonymous as the question is sent to a pool of rabbis.

    No doubt there... read on

  • Unwittingly Desecrating G-d’s Name by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    December 4, 2009 | 2:43 am

    Today I was talking to a congregant who told me that her in-laws who are Reform and not observant, asked her why Orthodox Jews are badly mannered.  They said, “so and so’s son became a baal tishuvah (newly observant) and now he is mean to, and rejecting of, people who are not... read on

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