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  • Science and Creationism: is there a conflict?

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    October 16, 2009 | 3:25 am

    This week Jews in synagogues around the world will begin again reading the Hebrew Bible from the beginning of the book of Genesis to finish the five books of Moses in 52 weeks hence.  Reading the biblical story of creation is on one hand enlightening in its stark contrast to many... read on

  • Is It All in a Name?

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    October 15, 2009 | 10:15 am

    I am sitting on a panel tomorrow night with some of my esteemed female colleagues for a discussion about female spiritual leaders in the Orthodox community. (Beyond the Glass Ceiling: New Orthodox Leadership Roles for Women.)  I know that the question of title will come up. While I... read on

  • The Naked Sukkah

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    October 14, 2009 | 3:34 am

    It started raining on Monday night, so I had to scramble to get the Sukkah decorations down before they got ruined. (Incredibly, even though we’re in a drought in Southern California, the rain is “bad” because it might cause mudslides. It’s hard to know what to pray for…) I... read on

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  • Hooray!  I have Finally Found a Home in the Israeli Political System, Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    October 13, 2009 | 11:57 pm

    If you have read this blog, you know that all of us, rabbis and Maharat, think out of the box and sometimes unpredictably.  You may have seen my views of the One State solution, one democratic, Jewish and Palestinian State allowing all self declared Jews to return and Palestinians to... read on

  • Now What - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    October 13, 2009 | 11:18 am

    Now What….?

    Now that all the “bells and whistles” of the high Holidays and Sukkot are gone, what will be of our spiritual journey? There is a lot that attracts us to synagogue during the month of Tishrei. With the excitement of Rosh Hashana, the awe of Yom Kippur and the joy... read on

  • A great answer to a famous Sukkot question

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    October 8, 2009 | 9:59 pm

    Every child learns the question in Jewish day school.  If the sukkah reminds us of God’s protection of the Jewish people in the desert why don’t we build it in the month of Nisan when the Jewish people left Egypt.  There are many answers but one that Rav Yitzchok Hutner gives in... read on

  • Spending Money on Lulavim and Etrogim

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    October 8, 2009 | 10:33 am

    I learned an important lesson from a member of our community this past Sukkot.  Dr. Levy (pseudonym) who is blind, came to the lobby of our shul to buy a lulav and etrog.  There he was picking out his set, with a bunch of frightened Bnei Akiva teens trying to figure out how to help... read on

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Our Orthodox Rabbis and an Orthodox Maharat writing about how they see Judaism, Israel, the Jewish People and our world.

Rabbi Hyim Shafner is the Rabbi of Bais Abraham...

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