Jewish Journal

  • Supporting Progress in Israel

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    December 8, 2011 | 11:00 am

    At the request of the International Rabbinic Fellowship (IRF), we are happy to disseminate the following IRF statement concerning the current struggle over who may perform weddings in Israel.  For the last month, Israel’s ministry for Religious Services, controlled by the Shas... read on

  • Kol Isha Controversy In Israel and articles on Kol Isha - Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    November 30, 2011 | 8:52 am

    Recently a Kol-Isha controversy has arisen in Israel. In another instance Rav Levanon compared the requirement that male soldiers sit in a program when women are sining to a “time of persecution” that requires one to give up their life in accordance with the ruling or the Rambam.

    ... read on
  • Were our ancestors perfect?

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    November 28, 2011 | 8:43 am

    Last week I wrote a blog post on another blog in which I suggested Abraham had on some level failed the test of bringing his son Isaac as a sacrifice on Mount Moriah.  That instead of bringing him perhaps the more ethical response would have been to protect the innocent child even... read on

  • Some further thoughts and an apology about child conversion- Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    November 26, 2011 | 7:31 pm

    I want to clarify that my aside regarding giving an aliyha to a goy after he had been called up accidentally as a question of kavod habriot verses an issur d’rabanan was probably wrong.  Though generally kavod habriot is docheh an issur dirababanan (Gemara Berachot 19b), this... read on

  • The conversion of minors –by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    November 23, 2011 | 7:33 am

    Recently I met with a young couple whose wedding I will soon perform.  They are both observant and the man was born a Jew.  The woman was converted as a young child since her mother was not Jewish, though her father was.  She and her siblings were converted as children by a very... read on

  • Send in the Super-Duper Committee

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    November 22, 2011 | 1:36 pm

    The morning after the deflating failure of the Super Committee, a lot of us woke up asking where all the adults are. (The ones who don’t let their debt-ridden family slide off a cliff.) It must of course be that there are still some lurking somewhere in the halls of Congress, and... read on

  • An Orthodox Gay Wedding?

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    November 17, 2011 | 10:35 pm

    As has been widely reported, Rabbi Steve Greenberg performed a Jewish wedding ceremony for Yoni Bock and Ron Kaplan last week, a ceremony being referred to in at least one press account as “the first Orthodox gay wedding”.  This description derives from the fact that Rabbi... read on

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