Jewish Journal

  • 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

  • “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

  • 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

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