Jewish Journal

  • Torah Alone does not a Mench Make –By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    August 7, 2009 | 11:31 am

    A congregant of mine was confounded by the reports of Rabbis who were arrested for illegally trafficking in human organs. One person in the group said that some might justify their acts claiming the money would be used for yeshivahs and other important Jewish organizations. They... read on

  • The Rabbinate 101

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    August 6, 2009 | 12:09 am

    I recently got a taste of what it would be like to have my own pulpit, to be the rabbi of my own shul.  My esteemed colleagues Rabbis Avi Weiss and Steven Exler were on vacation, which left me in charge.  Alone.  In a 850-family shul. 

    Of course, as soon as everyone left, there... read on

  • Cellphones, Driving, and Halacha,  posted by Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 5, 2009 | 2:02 am

    This is written as a prayer for the full and speedy recovery of Margalit bat Miriam, who was struck and thrown from her wheelchair by a driver who did not see that the light had turned red, because he was speaking on his cellphone.

    The Federal government has begun the slow process... read on

  • Chessed Begins At Home - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    August 4, 2009 | 10:41 am

    Olam Chessed Yibaneh - the world can be built through kindness”.  This statement sums up the great potential inherent in acts of kindness. 
    We live in a community where many are deeply involved volunteer organizations of some sort or another. These activities fall under the... read on

  • Now Let’s Take a Critical Look at Ourselves, by Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    August 3, 2009 | 2:03 pm


    A few weeks ago I started outlining what I see as five pillars of contemporary Orthodox Judaism.  I am not trying to displace the Maimonidian 13 principles of faith, nor the four principles of Rav Yosef Albo.  I’m just trying to point out what I think are the key... read on

  • The Voice of Women

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    July 31, 2009 | 9:52 am

    Yesterday someone asked me why women on the women’s side in my Shul sing-along with the congregation whereas at the previous synagogue the person had attended the women had not been permitted to sing.  I explained that even though the Talmud says the voice of the woman is considered... read on

  • Questioning on Tisha B’Av

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    July 30, 2009 | 3:11 am

    On Tisha b’Av, we are given permission to ask Eicha—How.  Or why.  How could you do this to us, God. How could you allow so much destruction and tragedy to enter our lives.  Although Jeremiah himself challenged God, these questions feel quite blasphemous.  We are not supposed to... read on

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