Jewish Journal

What’s in a blessing

By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

January 8, 2012 | 3:04 pm

In this past shabbat’s torah portion Yaakov blesses his children with unusual blessings.  We imagine blessings to be good wishes or promises for the future, here though Yaakov seems to... read on

  • The Tragic Unraveling of Haredi Judaism

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    January 4, 2012 | 12:45 pm

    It is obviously too early to know for sure, but it is plausible that we are witnessing the slow-motion unraveling of Haredi Judaism. Between periodic money-laundering and sexual abuse scandals in US Haredi communities, and the militant intolerance of others on display today in Israel... read on

  • No Time For Chareidi Bashing: What We Can Learn From Our Reaction to Beit Shemesh

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    January 2, 2012 | 2:44 pm

    There have been numerous takes on the recent events in Beit Shemesh. Most of them have focused on politics and sociology. I would like to offer a brief analysis based on spiritual values and, humbly submit what we can learn from our reaction to these events.

    The chareidi men who... read on

  • Fear and Loathing in Beit Shemesh

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    January 1, 2012 | 10:35 am

    Rape is not about sex, it’s about violence.  So too Orthodox Jewish men attacking little Orthodox Jewish girls in Beit Shemesh because they were wearing short sleeves this past week was not, God forbid about tzniut, the Jewish notion of modesty (the perpetrated acts were of course... read on

  • The Ultra Orthodox Demographic Challenge - and How Annexation of the West Bank Solves the Problem

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    December 29, 2011 | 9:21 am

    The Real Demographic Threat in Israel: Ultra-Orthodox taking over the Knesset
    Anyone who reads this blog is almost certainly horrified by the violence, hatred and downright nastiness of the Ultra-Orthodox terrorists who are so cowardly that they are trying to intimidate the Dati... read on

  • Some Good Writing on Chanukah - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    December 23, 2011 | 9:31 am

    Some Good Writing on Chanukah – Barry Gelman
    Here are two links to interesting articles on Chanukah.

    1. This article expresses a position I have taken in my work with Christian Zionists. My work with Christian Zionists has been extraordinarily rewarding and fulfilling. However, I... read on

  • Cellphones and Driving: A Halachik Perspective

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    December 14, 2011 | 8:54 am

    This post originally appeared in August of 2009, but has become only more urgent since then. At the time I wrote it 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... read on

  • A Hanukkah irony

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    December 13, 2011 | 10:24 pm

    Hanukkah today is a holiday of great irony. Though not a Biblical holiday, and certainly not Judaism’s most essential holiday, Hanukkah has taken on an exaggerated importance in America, due I think, to its calandrical proximity with one of Christianity’s most important festivals.... read on

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