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

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    August 3, 2009 | 2:03 pm

    Friends,

    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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  • Of Laundering Money in Brooklyn and Deal

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    July 29, 2009 | 1:24 am

    All that has been said about the scandal emanating out of Brooklyn and Deal, N.J. is true. Yes, it’s time that (especially) Orthodox schools and communities focus our educational attention on instruction in ethics. Yes, we have to make sure to distinguish between Judaism – which... read on

  • Gentiles and Kiddush Hashem – Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    July 28, 2009 | 10:00 am

    I have spent the last week in Camp Moshava in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Being here has been a real treat. Camp Moshava is a living breathing “kiddush Hashem”. One of the many outstanding aspects of my experience thus far has been the wide variety of orthodox Jews that work here.

    ... read on
  • Gentiles and Kiddush Hashem – Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    July 28, 2009 | 10:00 am

    I have spent the last week in Camp Moshava in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Being here has been a real treat. Camp Moshava is a living breathing “kiddush Hashem”. One of the many outstanding aspects of my experience thus far has been the wide variety of orthodox Jews that work here.

    ... read on
  • Humility and Apologies Before Tisha B’av,by Rabbi Lopatin

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    July 28, 2009 | 12:25 am

    On this week of Tish’a B’av, I want to write in a different tone.  Yes,  I do believe firmly in working on Kiddush Hashem, and avoiding Chilul Hashem.  I said my piece last week.  This time I want to apologize to anyone I might have hurt by the tone of my message.  In writing... read on

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Our Orthodox Rabbis and an Orthodox Maharat writing about how they see Judaism, Israel, the Jewish People and our world.

Rabbi Hyim Shafner is the Rabbi of Bais Abraham...

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