Jewish Journal

  • Raising Consciousness about the Agunah Crisis -By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    January 28, 2014 | 8:47 pm

    This past Sunday  our congregation, Bais Abraham in St. Louis, Missouri, hosted a post-nup signing event with the aim of prompting the whole shul and much of the community to sign the RCA post-nup and to raise consciousness for the plight of Agunot, women chained in a marriage by a... read on

  • Is Tolerance in the Orthodox Lexicon?

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    January 14, 2014 | 1:16 pm

    There is no classical Hebrew word for "tolerance”. The modern Hebrew term is “sovlanut”, but this word never appears with this meaning in rabbinic literature. This isn’t surprising of course, as the contemporary notion of tolerating differing views is born of modern humanist... read on

  • Of Fish Tacos and Otherness –By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    January 2, 2014 | 5:30 pm

    I grew up in the 1970’s in one of the only Orthodox Jewish families in a small Connecticut town.  I did not know then that kosher keeping Jews could eat in a restaurant.  I never had eaten in one and the thought of doing so did not even cross my mind.   Once a year we would make... read on

  • All Rabbinics Is Local - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    December 30, 2013 | 1:30 pm

    The most basic question is – who is a real leader? And the pertinent question for our generation is: are the rabbis, the contemporary leaders of Jewry, truly the leaders of this generation?


    This quote, from this article by Rav Adin Steinsaltz reminded me of a conversation... read on

  • Partnership Minyanim: Let’s Live and Let Live

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    December 23, 2013 | 8:33 pm

    I might be wrong, and hope that I am. But I have a growing sense that a full-scale assault on Partnership Minyanim is brewing, the goal of which is to define these Minyanim as being “over the red line”, outside the pale of Orthodoxy.  I do understand what might motivate such an... read on

  • Making sense of our world -by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    December 12, 2013 | 12:42 pm

    We have just finished reading the story of Joseph and his brothers.  In it Joseph’s brothers experience confusion, despondency, and powerlessness as their brother secretively manipulates them, falsely accusing them of being spies and thieves.  One can imagine being in their shoes... read on

  • The Other 75% -by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    November 20, 2013 | 8:41 pm

    I would like draw our attention to the other 75%.  The approximately 75% of Jews who, according to the Pew report, do not attend a shul and do not feel that Jewish community or Jewish observance is a necessary part of being a Jew.  We spend a lot of time thinking about, teaching,... read on

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