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  • “We Men Are Weak”, by Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    August 12, 2009 | 12:40 am

    Modern Orthodoxy, when done right, is obviously more demanding than standard orthodoxy. In addition to fulfilling the identical set of mitzvoth, Modern Orthodox Jews are bound by so many more sacred religious obligations, needing to engage – not simply to ignore – the broader... read on

  • Guilty As Charged - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    August 11, 2009 | 10:48 am

    Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who bestows good on the guilty, who has bestowed upon me much good.

    The above is the text of the Birkhat HaGomel, a blessing traditionally recited by one who has survived a dangerous situation. The Talmud teaches that one who is... read on

  • Are We doing Enough to Keep Jerusalem Undivided?

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    August 10, 2009 | 7:12 pm

    I recently sent out a petition over some of the rabbinic list-serves that I’m on to ask rabbis to sign their names calling for President Obama to recognize Jerusalem as the indivisible capital of the Jewish State, of Israel.  Even though it sounds pretty centrist, I think that even... read on

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  • Torah Alone does not a Mench Make –By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    August 7, 2009 | 11:31 am

    A congregant of mine was confounded by the reports of Rabbis who were arrested for illegally trafficking in human organs. One person in the group said that some might justify their acts claiming the money would be used for yeshivahs and other important Jewish organizations. They... read on

  • The Rabbinate 101

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    August 6, 2009 | 12:09 am

    I recently got a taste of what it would be like to have my own pulpit, to be the rabbi of my own shul.  My esteemed colleagues Rabbis Avi Weiss and Steven Exler were on vacation, which left me in charge.  Alone.  In a 850-family shul. 

    Of course, as soon as everyone left, there... read on

  • Cellphones, Driving, and Halacha,  posted by Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 5, 2009 | 2:02 am

    This is written 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 turned red, because he was speaking on his cellphone.

    The Federal government has begun the slow process... read on

  • Chessed Begins At Home - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    August 4, 2009 | 10:41 am

    Olam Chessed Yibaneh - the world can be built through kindness”.  This statement sums up the great potential inherent in acts of kindness. 
    We live in a community where many are deeply involved volunteer organizations of some sort or another. These activities fall under the... read on

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