Jewish Journal

  • This week Hallel….next week it is up to us. - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    October 6, 2009 | 12:28 pm

    Yesterday was the Ushpizin of Yitzchak….so let’s talk about Yitzchak.
    I just finished reading a disturbing article by an Israeli Rabbinic Scholar that suggesting that the main charter trait of Yitzchak was passivity animated by complete faith in God. After all, when Avimelech... read on

  • Yalta: Encountering Rabbinic Authority

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    October 1, 2009 | 10:56 am

    There are few named women in the Talmud. One of the few is Yalta, the wife of Rav Nachman, a third generation Babylonian Amora, and the daughter of the Reish Galuta, a wealthy and well-respected figure. When I first learned about Yalta, it was like discovering a timeless friend—a... read on

  • Staying in Shul for Yizkor

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    September 30, 2009 | 2:44 am

    Over the last couple of years, I have been urging everyone in shul to remain inside the sanctuary for Yizkor – even those who, thank God, have both parents alive. I have made this request in the name of simple courtesy and love toward those who are reciting Yizkor, and whose... read on

  • Oheiv Yisrael…and then some - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    September 29, 2009 | 12:11 pm

    Recently I have been studying the works of Abraham Joshua Heschel’s forbearers. His namesake, Avraham Yehoshua Heschel, the Apter Rebbe, was known as the Oheiv Yisrael – The Lover of Israel. He was one of the main spokesman for Chassidut after the death of the Baal Shem Tov.

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  • Why are we so childish when it comes to Yom Kippur?

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    September 24, 2009 | 11:03 pm

    Yom Kippur will arrive this week and thousands of Jews will attend synagogues.  Why is it that so many attend synagogue on Yom Kippur, but not the rest of the year?  What is it about Yom Kippur that draws us?  No doubt because it is a holy day, we want to be present.  But many of us... read on

  • Counteracting Boredom

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    September 24, 2009 | 12:21 am

    The Jewish holidays evoke in many a fear of sitting in shul. Again and again. Hours on end.  I have been trying to craft a spiritually uplifting and meaningful prayer experience at my shul,. As I do so, I have been acutely sensitive to the fact that people want that spiritually... read on

  • But WHY is it important….?

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    September 23, 2009 | 3:57 am

    As did Rabbis around the world, I spent some time on Rosh HaShana discussing the importance of our being politically active on behalf of Israel, as she faces the dire threat coming from Iran. The topic came back up over Yom Tov lunch, with each of our wonderful guests reflecting on... read on

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