Jewish Journal

  • Prostitutes, Rabbis and Teshuvah (Return) -By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    August 21, 2009 | 9:44 am

    Story #1 (Babylonian Talmud, Minachot 44a)
    Once a man, who was very careful about the commandment of tzizit, heard about a certain harlot in one of the towns by the sea who accepted four hundred gold coins for her hire. He sent her four hundred gold coins and appointed a day with... read on

  • Yoga Mincha

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    August 20, 2009 | 9:35 am

    There have already been a few entries in this space discussing the efficacy of prayer, and what we, Morethodox Jews can learn from others about tefilah.  I’d like to add to this theme in my post today.
    I believe that one of the foundations of prayer is the ability to... read on

  • When Will the Slander End?

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 18, 2009 | 8:42 pm

    A few weeks ago I officiated at a wedding. The bride was a giyyoret (a convert to Judaism), and the couple had requested that the honor of reading the ketuba under the chuppah be given to the bride’s teacher. Her teacher was truly her rebbe muvhak, the teacher from whom she had... read on

  • Man In Search Of Heschel - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    August 18, 2009 | 11:28 am

    If you understand the title of this post you are ahead of the game.

    I wonder why the Modern Orthodox community does pay more attention to and study the works of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Aside from his book The Sabbath, much of his work goes unnoticed and certainly unstudied in... read on

  • Making Sacrifices Meaningful

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    August 17, 2009 | 6:18 pm

    I have always had a rough time getting into the idea of animal, bird or grain sacrifices meaningful.  The idea of killing an animal and spritzing its blood on the alter and burning some of it, eating some of it – has never spoken to me.  Just last week, in Re’eh, we talked a lot... read on

  • Hearing the Divine –By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    August 14, 2009 | 11:40 am

    This week’s Torah portion Re’eh-“See” begins “See I place before you today blessing and curse, the blessing that you will listen to the Mitzvot….”  The Midrah on these verses quotes the two additional verses to bring to bear on our portion, “The mitzvah is a candle... read on

  • Tzedakah and Chesed:  Preparing for the Month of Elul by, Rosh Kehilah Dina Najman, Marta d’Atra of

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    August 13, 2009 | 10:36 am

    Very often, Rosh Hashana comes along and I find myself thinking:  How did the month of Elul come and go so quickly - I feel that I did not utilize my time adequately to prepare myself to stand before HaKadosh Baruch Hu on Yom haDin?
    In that vein, as we are m’varchin haChodesh this... read on

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