Jewish Journal

For Crying out Loud!

By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

September 11, 2009 | 1:34 pm

In a few days, on the holiday of Rosh Hashanah many of us will fulfill the once a year commandment of hearing the sound of the Shofar.  The mitzvah of the Shofar, as reflected in the... read on

  • An Inaugural Moment

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    September 10, 2009 | 8:40 am

    Today is the opening day of Yeshivat Mahara”t, a day I believe, that will go down in history.  It is the first program open to Orthodox women that is willing not only to train, but to ordain women as spiritual leaders— as rabbinic leaders— in the Orthodox community.  This is... read on

  • Orthodox, Male and Drunk

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    September 9, 2009 | 3:17 am

    When we conjure up the typical profile of a “religious person”, one of the qualities that leaps to mind is temperance.  In some religious traditions – not ours – this quality dictates the severe discouragement or outright prohibition of any alcoholic consumption at all. In... read on

  • More On Health Care…and Arguing With God - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    September 8, 2009 | 8:29 am

    There have been a number of interesting reactions to my call of orthodox Jewish groups to support universal health care. Two themes have emerged: 1. Most people are covered by insurance they pay for, other enjoy Medicare or Medicaid coverage and those who are not in these categories... read on

  • 5770: The Year of Carmit with Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    September 6, 2009 | 10:16 pm

    Many of you know that my wife and I, and our four kids, plan to make aliya in the summer of 2011 to a new town being built 20 minutes north of Beer Sheva, Carmit.  The vision for Carmit is that it should be a diverse, pluralistic town eventually growing to over 10,000 people, with... read on

  • The Highest and the Lowest –By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    September 4, 2009 | 1:28 pm

    The Rambam writes in the Laws of Tishuvah (return) about this season before the holidays that, “All people should see themselves as half guilty and half meritorious, if they do one sin now they tip themselves and the entire world with them to the side of guilt and cause... read on

  • Envisioning a Healthy Jewish Sex Ethic

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    September 2, 2009 | 10:26 pm

    Elul is not only the season of teshuvah.  It’s also the season of love! Ani l’dodi v’dodi li.  I am my beloved and my beloved is for me ( אֲנִי לְדוֹדִי וְדוֹדִי לִי).  It is the season of weddings.  I spend quite some time each summer preparing... read on

  • The Dog Days of Deuteronomy

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    September 2, 2009 | 12:39 am

    Reading the book of D’varim (Deuteronomy) can be a tumultuous experience.  These last few Shabbat mornings have been roller coaster rides, as the sacred text has repeatedly ascended to lofty ethical heights, and then without any particular warning, has seemingly plunged into... read on

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