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  • Are we our own biggest problem?

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    November 11, 2009 | 3:15 am

    Despite the best and sincere efforts of numerous Orthodox kiruv organizations, the vast majority of world Jewry will never become Orthodox, at least as Orthodoxy is presently conceived. This is not to say that we should throw in the “kiruv” towel (though a less condescending word... read on

  • Being Machmir (stringent) about being Meikil (lenient) – Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    November 10, 2009 | 12:02 pm

    Being Machmir (stringent) about being Meikil (lenient) – Rabbi Barry Gelman
    What is the value of lenient Halachik decisions?
    Issues of monetary expense, shalom bayit and kavod habriyot (human dignity) are well documented as factors in applying lenient halachik rulings. This blog... read on

  • Being Machmir (stringent) about being Meikil (lenient) – Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    November 10, 2009 | 12:02 pm

    What is the value of lenient Halachik decisions?
    Issues of monetary expense, shalom bayit and kavod habriyot (human dignity) are well documented as factors in applying lenient halachik rulings.
    This blog entry begins a discussion on applying lenient Halachik decisions as a way to... read on

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  • Revitalizing the Law of Return for All Jews, by Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    November 9, 2009 | 12:22 pm

    On Friday an Op Ed appeared in the Jerusalem post, written jointly by Rabbi Seth Farber – Orthodox – and Rabbi Ed Rettig – Reform – where together they excoriated the Israeli government and its bureaucratic arms for preventing Jewish converts from becoming Jewish citizens... read on

  • What does it take to be a Jewish leader?

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    November 6, 2009 | 4:49 pm

    Is talking to God a prerequisite for being a Jewish leader?  If so Adam would have been the first Jewish leader; but he was not.  Is being a tzadik, a righteous person a prerequisite for Jewish leadership?  If so Noah would have been first Jewish leader; but he was not.  It is... read on

  • Seeing That Which is Right Before Your Eyes

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    November 5, 2009 | 11:00 am

    Avraham Aveinu, and the Akeida story have much to teach us about the important interplay between sight and self-examination.  In fact, the word “ירא” – to see – is repeated throughout the Akeida story.

    In Bereishit chapter 22 verse 4, the Torah says
    וַיִּשָּׂא... read on

  • Evolved

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    November 4, 2009 | 2:58 am

    It’s always unfair to compare one era in human history to another. The sorts of things that people did or believed during some earlier time, are easy targets for criticism by people who live at a later time. All behaviors and beliefs occur within a larger social and historical... read on

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Our Orthodox Rabbis and an Orthodox Maharat writing about how they see Judaism, Israel, the Jewish People and our world.

Rabbi Hyim Shafner is the Rabbi of Bais Abraham...

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