Jewish Journal

  • 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

  • Innovation in Halacha – Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    November 3, 2009 | 8:33 am

    Our tag line – Morethodoxy: Exploring the Breadth Depth and Passion Of Orthodox Judaism means different things to different people. For me, it is a call to educate the Morethodox public, and others, about the fundamental ideas of Modern Orthodox Judaism. One of the foundations of... read on

  • Abraham the Seeker -by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    October 30, 2009 | 5:51 pm

    This week’s torah portion, Lech L’cha begins with God telling Abraham to leave his homeland and go, “to a place which I will show you.”  According to the Ramban God took Avrom traveling for a long time from land to land.  Why?  As Rashi says, “in order to make your... read on

  • Weddings

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    October 29, 2009 | 11:42 pm

    I am the co-mesaderet kiddushin at a wedding next week.  It is not the first wedding I have participated in.  And at each ceremony, I can’t help but feel concerned about how the guests will respond to seeing a woman under the chupah.  Will people question whether the couple is... read on

  • Parshat Lekh Lekhah: The Covenant and the Jewish People -A Guest Post by Eugene Korn

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    October 28, 2009 | 11:46 am

    The Bible tells the story of the Jewish people—who we are and who we are challenged to be. Our national birth occurs in Chapter 12 of Genesis, when God instructs Abraham to leave his family and pagan Mesopotamian culture and journey to Canaan. Here he will start a new life, a new... read on

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