Jewish Journal


By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

August 28, 2009 | 2:44 am

We call the process of repentance tishuvah or “return”.  This is very telling.  The process we engage in during this Jewish month of Elul and through Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and... read on

  • Misplaced Compassion

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    August 27, 2009 | 10:04 am

    This past week I spoke and participated in a rally in vicinity of the UN.  The purpose of the rally was to protest the recent decision by Scottish justice officials to release the terrorist responsible for the bombing of PanAm Flight 103 in 1988 over Lockerbie, Abdel Baset... read on

  • Harvey Milk and Me

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 26, 2009 | 1:10 am

    Last Saturday night, I finally saw “Milk” on DVD. I had been wanting to see it when it was in theaters last year, both because of the critical acclaim that it had won, and because the film’s trailer yanked me back to a memory from teenager-hood, of hearing the breaking news... read on

  • Morethodoxy and Health Care

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    August 25, 2009 | 3:09 am

    There have been very few public statements from Orthodox groups regarding the Heath Care debate that is raging in this country.
    Agudath Yisrael of America recently stated that President Obama’s efforts to “make health care more accessible to the uninsured and underinsured should be... read on

  • Travelblog: 24 hours appreciating Orthodox and Conservative life in Cincinnati

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    August 25, 2009 | 12:51 am

    Travelblog: 24 hours of Jewish Cincinnati with Rabbi Lopatin

    My wife and I and our kids packed up the car and headed on Saturday night for the great city of Cincinnati.  Just about five hours from Chicago, Cincinnati is in Ohio, but only minutes from Indiana – which feels like... read on

  • Prostitutes, Rabbis and Teshuvah (Return) -By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    August 21, 2009 | 9:44 am

    Story #1 (Babylonian Talmud, Minachot 44a)
    Once a man, who was very careful about the commandment of tzizit, heard about a certain harlot in one of the towns by the sea who accepted four hundred gold coins for her hire. He sent her four hundred gold coins and appointed a day with... read on

  • Yoga Mincha

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    August 20, 2009 | 9:35 am

    There have already been a few entries in this space discussing the efficacy of prayer, and what we, Morethodox Jews can learn from others about tefilah.  I’d like to add to this theme in my post today.
    I believe that one of the foundations of prayer is the ability to... read on

  • When Will the Slander End?

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 18, 2009 | 8:42 pm

    A few weeks ago I officiated at a wedding. The bride was a giyyoret (a convert to Judaism), and the couple had requested that the honor of reading the ketuba under the chuppah be given to the bride’s teacher. Her teacher was truly her rebbe muvhak, the teacher from whom she had... read on

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