Jewish Journal

  • Partnership Minyanim: A Defense and Encomium by Rabbi Zev Farber

    By Rabbi Zev Farber

    January 24, 2013 | 7:09 pm

    Partnership minyanim such as Shira Hadasha in Jerusalem and Darkhei Noam in New York, wherein women lead certain parts of the service, are becoming a significant force in the prayer experience of the Modern Orthodox community. Although these currently exist only in the biggest... read on

  • I Am a Miserable Bastard

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    January 8, 2013 | 11:12 am

    I began reading Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables during the summer, around the time that my wife started rehearsing for the Jewish Women’s Reparatory Company’s production of the musical version. (The show was staged a month ago. I’m still reading…). Naturally, we rushed right out to... read on

  • Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein on Homosexuality – Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    January 2, 2013 | 9:01 am

    Recently comments made by Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein on the topic of Homosexuality and the way that the Orthodox community approaches this issue have been posted on the internet. Follow the links below.


    Link One


    Link Two


    Follow this link for a statement of principles on the place those in the Orthodox community who have a homosexual orientation.

  • 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, who died just about a year ago. For privacy’s sake, I’ll call her Rose.

    The unveiling... 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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