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  • “Words From the Heart”

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    November 11, 2013 | 1:50 pm

    Garnel Ironheart is an avid – and mostly critical  - reader of Morethodoxy.  But I was very taken with a comment he submitted last week and reproduce it here in full (and I apologize for the negative remarks about Chabad. They do not reflect my views at all.)

    Look, I’m not a big... read on

  • Be strong and of good courage, chevra

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    October 31, 2013 | 12:08 am

    To my dear friends and fellow-travelers:

    Whenever the waters get a little choppy, as they have this week, we need to remember only one thing. And that is, that we are serving God, and God alone. We are accountable only to God, and to our own souls and consciences. We believe –... read on

  • Serving G-d in every Moment –by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    October 30, 2013 | 12:06 pm

    The Torah describes Sara our foremother’s death by enumerating the years of her life.   Then the verse repeats, "…these were the years of Sara's life."   Rash”i is bothered by this repetition, and comments, “All of them were equally for good.”

    The Rebbe of Tosh, Rabbi Meshulam... read on

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  • An Apology to our MTA Classmates Who Were Victimized

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 18, 2013 | 4:46 pm

    As Elul rushes toward Tishrai, my good friend Joey Lipner and I have penned a letter of apology to our classmates who were compelled to "wrestle" with Rabbi Finkelstein. In it, we apologize for never having said or done anything, even as we were quite aware of the bizarre things... read on

  • The Lesson on Yom Kippur

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    August 15, 2013 | 2:54 pm

    This month of Elul leads up to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  It is a time of reflection and tishuvah, return, but with what should we emerge from this process? 

    Elul, Rosh Hashanah, the 10 Days of Tishuvah and Yom Kippur culminates in a service performed once a year on Yom... read on

  • “I Have Not Been Troubled by Them”: Another Angle on the Question du Jour

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 8, 2013 | 11:15 pm

    (Readers are invited to find the numerous recent posts on this topic at www.morethodoxy.org)

    I love my wife. And this love shapes my daily routine, and defines the contours of the way I live. I am aware of the scientific position that what we call love is in reality a complex set... read on

  • Torah Min Hashamayim:Some Brief Reflections on Classical and Contemporary Models- Rabbi Nati Helfgot

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    July 21, 2013 | 8:58 am

    Torah Min Hashamayim: Some Brief Reflections on Classical and Contemporary Models
    Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot is on the faculty of the SAR High School and serves as the Chair of the Bible and Jewish Though Departments at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School. He is the rabbi of... read on

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