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  • Defining Morethodoxy (a repost of an earlier Morethodoxy essay)

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    November 20, 2009 | 1:16 am

    Morethodoxy.  One more label to add to an already thinly divided Jewish world?

    In subtitling our blog “Exploring the Breadth, Depth and Passion of Orthodox Judaism,” I think we aim to overcome the limitations that labels impose.  To see Jewish life not as it often is seen today... read on

  • Programs that Modern Orthodox Synagogues Should be Running

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    November 11, 2009 | 10:10 pm

    This past week, we commemorated Kristallnacht, Night of Broken Glass.  It is a day that we think about the loss of six million Jews. But this year, at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, we commemorated 6 million and one. This past June, at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in DC,... read on

  • 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

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  • 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

  • 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

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