Jewish Journal

  • 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

  • “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

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