Jewish Journal

  • Tweaking the Jewish Image of Relationships

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    October 23, 2009 | 6:54 pm

    I recently went to hear Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski speak of the respect the Torah demands in relationships.  He quoted the Talmud, which says, “a man must love his wife as himself and respect her more than himself.”  He spoke of the fact that the Talmud forbids rape within... read on

  • May I Too Pray Like a Woman?

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    October 21, 2009 | 2:51 am

    One weekend. Two gatherings. Two conversations that, in retrospect, are profoundly linked.

    Saturday night, a conversation with a man who is new to Jewish practice, but is firmly committed to observance for the long haul. His Hebrew reading has become pretty fluent, but davening –... read on

  • Flying On An Airplane – Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    October 20, 2009 | 12:23 pm

    I flew to NY yesterday on a very early flight – too early to daven before I left so I had to daven on the plane.

    I have come to really enjoy davening on airplanes.

    First of all, on these early morning flights, as was the case yesterday morning, most people were asleep and it... read on

  • Science and Creationism: is there a conflict?

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    October 16, 2009 | 3:25 am

    This week Jews in synagogues around the world will begin again reading the Hebrew Bible from the beginning of the book of Genesis to finish the five books of Moses in 52 weeks hence.  Reading the biblical story of creation is on one hand enlightening in its stark contrast to many... read on

  • Is It All in a Name?

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    October 15, 2009 | 10:15 am

    I am sitting on a panel tomorrow night with some of my esteemed female colleagues for a discussion about female spiritual leaders in the Orthodox community. (Beyond the Glass Ceiling: New Orthodox Leadership Roles for Women.)  I know that the question of title will come up. While I... read on

  • The Naked Sukkah

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    October 14, 2009 | 3:34 am

    It started raining on Monday night, so I had to scramble to get the Sukkah decorations down before they got ruined. (Incredibly, even though we’re in a drought in Southern California, the rain is “bad” because it might cause mudslides. It’s hard to know what to pray for…) I... read on

  • Hooray!  I have Finally Found a Home in the Israeli Political System, Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    October 13, 2009 | 11:57 pm

    If you have read this blog, you know that all of us, rabbis and Maharat, think out of the box and sometimes unpredictably.  You may have seen my views of the One State solution, one democratic, Jewish and Palestinian State allowing all self declared Jews to return and Palestinians to... read on

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