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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... 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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  • Shifting Expectations: Women and Work

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    July 13, 2012 | 10:41 am

    I love eating challah, but until recently, I refused to be a “challah baker.”  The term irrationally evoked an image of a woman chained to her kitchen,  slaving away for the sake of others, with no desire or choice to impact the world.  That is not who I am.  I am an Orthodox... read on

  • Witness A Great Posek at Work! Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    July 6, 2012 | 10:38 am

    Follow this link to a blog post I wrote on a fascinating Teshuva written by Rabbi Chaim David Halevi. This Teshuva is a great example of the appropriate use of what has become known as meta-halachik concerns. All the halachik evidence is in favor of the main group, but, nonetheless, Rav HaLevi recognizes that there is a larger issue and is willing to adopt a bi-dieved (non optimal) position (praying with liturgy that is not one’s custom) in favor of maintaing the connection of the the marginally committed.

  • Conversion In Israel and In The Diaspora

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    June 7, 2012 | 9:08 pm

    Occasionally I write another blog called Piskei Darom. It is dedicated to to sharing Piskei Halacha (religious rulings) and to the exchange of ideas about Pikei Halacha.

    Please follow this link to my latest post on a fascinating Teshuva (the entire Teshiva is available there) of... read on

  • The Blessing of Losing

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    June 5, 2012 | 1:13 am

    The final score was 5-3. Our eleven year old son and his teammates had just lost their little league championship game. Over the pizza of consolation, Coach Jeff congratulated his players on a great season. And then he offered them a gem - a word that I hope that my son and all his... read on

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