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A Truly Heartwarming Story

By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

December 26, 2012 | 10:32 pm

This one goes straight into my memoirs (if I ever write them).

This past Sunday, I had the privilege to officiate at the headstone unveiling for one of our shul’s most beloved members,... read on

  • Two Modern Orthodox Moments in Houston – Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    November 17, 2012 | 9:10 pm

    Recently I was involved in two great Modern Orthodox events.

    Two weeks ago the American Jewish Committee honored the four senior Rabbi Emeritus of the Houston Jewish community, Rabbi Joseph Radinsky (Orthodox ), Rabbi Roy Walter (Reform), Rabbi Jack Segal (Conservative) and Rabbi... read on

  • Defining Equality in Judaism

    by Rabbi Mark Goldfeder

    October 25, 2012 | 7:25 pm

    The entire debate surrounding the ‘treatment of women in halacha’ seems to me to start with a rather questionable premise, namely that rabbinic law in general is hostile towards women. Take a step back; Jewish Law from the beginning enacted new religious legislation to improve the... read on

  • Women’s Participation in Ritual: Time for a Paradigm Shift

    By Rabbi Zev Farber

    October 15, 2012 | 10:31 am

    Today, the baseline in any Orthodox community is that women do not participate in public ritual at all. In the average Orthodox synagogue, there is not one thing that women do which is part of synagogue performance. Their presence is not felt and their voices are not heard. The... read on

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  • But what is our GOAL?

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 23, 2012 | 2:37 pm

    As the Elul moon waxes and the peak of our religious year nears, we each begin asking ourselves our “big questions”. This Elul, the big question that’s rattling me is “what, in the end, is our goal?”

    We, who put on tefillin every morning (if we are men), and maintain... read on

  • Cooking Our Children

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 7, 2012 | 12:08 am

    The Book of Eicha (Lamentations) offers many grim images as it recounts the destruction of Jerusalem, and the slaughter and exiling of its population.  Surely one of the most gruesome is that of parents so racked with hunger that they resort to cooking their own children.  It’s an... read on

  • God, Consciousness and the Problem of Anthropopathism

    By Rabbi Zev Farber

    July 27, 2012 | 11:15 am

    God, Consciousness and the Problem of Anthropopathism: Theological Musings of the Late Shmully Moskowitz z”l

    An old friend of mine was buried last week. I haven’t seen him for a few years and did not call to say goodbye. I had heard he was sick but didn’t think he was going to... read on

  • Can All Israel be Friends?

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    July 24, 2012 | 2:24 pm

    A few years ago, on the last Shabbat of Tammuz, I found myself suddenly and unexpectedly moved during morning davening. Josh, our Mussaf leader that day, was reciting the blessing for the new moon, as the month of Av would be starting that week. For the short middle paragraph of the... read on

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