Jewish Journal

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... 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

  • Now Let’s Take a Critical Look at Ourselves, by Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    August 3, 2009 | 2:03 pm


    A few weeks ago I started outlining what I see as five pillars of contemporary Orthodox Judaism.  I am not trying to displace the Maimonidian 13 principles of faith, nor the four principles of Rav Yosef Albo.  I’m just trying to point out what I think are the key... read on

  • The Voice of Women

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    July 31, 2009 | 9:52 am

    Yesterday someone asked me why women on the women’s side in my Shul sing-along with the congregation whereas at the previous synagogue the person had attended the women had not been permitted to sing.  I explained that even though the Talmud says the voice of the woman is considered... read on

  • Questioning on Tisha B’Av

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    July 30, 2009 | 3:11 am

    On Tisha b’Av, we are given permission to ask Eicha—How.  Or why.  How could you do this to us, God. How could you allow so much destruction and tragedy to enter our lives.  Although Jeremiah himself challenged God, these questions feel quite blasphemous.  We are not supposed to... read on

  • Of Laundering Money in Brooklyn and Deal

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    July 29, 2009 | 1:24 am

    All that has been said about the scandal emanating out of Brooklyn and Deal, N.J. is true. Yes, it’s time that (especially) Orthodox schools and communities focus our educational attention on instruction in ethics. Yes, we have to make sure to distinguish between Judaism – which... read on

  • Gentiles and Kiddush Hashem – Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    July 28, 2009 | 10:00 am

    I have spent the last week in Camp Moshava in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Being here has been a real treat. Camp Moshava is a living breathing “kiddush Hashem”. One of the many outstanding aspects of my experience thus far has been the wide variety of orthodox Jews that work here.

    ... read on

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