Jewish Journal

  • 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

  • No Apologies.  Just True Torah, by Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    December 8, 2011 | 2:13 pm

    In the past few months, forces have made my good friend and inspiration, Rav Hyim Shafner, apologize for several things he has said.  I do not begrudge him those apologies, if it helps him navigate the political world we live in.  But I do want to set the record straight:

    1) If a... read on

  • 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

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