Jewish Journal

  • 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

  • Understanding the Rape of Dina

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    December 2, 2009 | 11:12 pm

    We are about to read the disturbing story of Dina, the daughter of Lea and Jacob. The entire chapter 34 of Bereishit, all 31 verses, narrates the events surrounding Dina’s rape and her brother’s response. We will read how after Dina is raped, her father Jacob is silent; then all... read on

  • Change Jewish Federation Allocations - Help With Tuition Crisis - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    December 1, 2009 | 11:23 am

    Jewish Federations across the nation are scrambling to figure out how to respond to decreasing donations and support. In most communities over the last 50 years, major Jewish institutions such as synagogues, schools, JCCs, and membership organizations work together in what I’ll... read on

  • Making Sure Judaism is Fair

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    November 27, 2009 | 11:47 am

    One of the tenets of Morethodoxy as I see it is finding as many and as wide a range of opportunities as possible within halacha for all Jews to engage in Judaism and connect to God.  In the case of women this means finding greater room for women’s leadership, women’s learning,... read on

  • International Rabbinic Fellowship – Press Release

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    November 26, 2009 | 9:37 am

    Contact: Rabbi Jason Herman, Executive Director Phone: 917.751.5265 Email: jlherman@jlherman.net FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 9 A.M. EDT, November 20, 2009


    Rabbis from across the United States, Canada, South America, Israel and Hong Kong came... read on

  • Arrested for Wearing a Tallit?

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    November 25, 2009 | 11:47 pm

    I was outraged and shocked to read of the recent arrest of Nofrat Frenkel, a woman who was arrested at the Kotel, the Western Wall, for wearing a talit and carrying a Torah.  Now, I know that the issue of women praying publicly at the kotel is complex.  Yet, I was outraged at the... read on

  • Are We Our own Biggest Problem - Part 2

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    November 25, 2009 | 4:43 pm

    In my previous post, http://www.jewishjournal.com/morethodoxy/item/are_we_our_own_biggest_problem_39091110/  , I listed four ways in which we, the Orthodox community, are shooting ourselves in the foot. That is to say, at a time in Jewish history when it’s particularly important... read on

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