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  • The Rule of Law is critical to the Survival of the Jewish State, by Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    December 18, 2009 | 4:01 pm

    This morning I posted my underlying political views re. Israel.  I wanted to add one major point.  And it is so important that it is the one time, that I can recall, that I have talked what can be viewed as politics - Israel politics - from the bima, from the pulpit.  It is regarding... read on

  • Rabbi Asher Lopatin’s Political Positions on Israel

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    December 18, 2009 | 8:31 am

    A Summary of Rabbi Asher Lopatin’s Political Views

    1) Israel is the historic and eternal homeland of the Jewish People, and Zionism is the modern expression of that national, religious and moral expression of the Jews’ connection to the Land of Israel.  The State of Israel is a... read on

  • 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

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