Jewish Journal

  • The Highest and the Lowest –By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    September 4, 2009 | 1:28 pm

    The Rambam writes in the Laws of Tishuvah (return) about this season before the holidays that, “All people should see themselves as half guilty and half meritorious, if they do one sin now they tip themselves and the entire world with them to the side of guilt and cause... read on

  • Envisioning a Healthy Jewish Sex Ethic

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    September 2, 2009 | 10:26 pm

    Elul is not only the season of teshuvah.  It’s also the season of love! Ani l’dodi v’dodi li.  I am my beloved and my beloved is for me ( אֲנִי לְדוֹדִי וְדוֹדִי לִי).  It is the season of weddings.  I spend quite some time each summer preparing... read on

  • The Dog Days of Deuteronomy

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    September 2, 2009 | 12:39 am

    Reading the book of D’varim (Deuteronomy) can be a tumultuous experience.  These last few Shabbat mornings have been roller coaster rides, as the sacred text has repeatedly ascended to lofty ethical heights, and then without any particular warning, has seemingly plunged into... read on

  • Don’t Let a Good Sin Go To Waste. - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    September 1, 2009 | 11:31 am

    Sounds like strange advice. Let me explain.

    According to Rabbi Solovetichik there are two kinds of Teshuva (return). One type of Teshuva calls for a complete obliteration of the past. “Certain situations leave no choice but the annihilation of evil and for completely uprooting... read on

  • Who by water, and who by fire?

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    August 31, 2009 | 7:35 am

    We have been hearing the sounds of the shofar every morning since the month of Elul began. And within its wordless cry we already hear the echoes of the liturgy of Rosh Hashana. None more than the echoes of Nitaneh Tokef’s, “Who will Live, and who will die?  Who by water, and who by... read on

  • Tishuvah-Return

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    August 28, 2009 | 2:44 am

    We call the process of repentance tishuvah or “return”.  This is very telling.  The process we engage in during this Jewish month of Elul and through Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot is not a process of becoming someone we are not, but rather a more organic process of... read on

  • Misplaced Compassion

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    August 27, 2009 | 10:04 am

    This past week I spoke and participated in a rally in vicinity of the UN.  The purpose of the rally was to protest the recent decision by Scottish justice officials to release the terrorist responsible for the bombing of PanAm Flight 103 in 1988 over Lockerbie, Abdel Baset... read on

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