Jewish Journal

  • Humility and Apologies Before Tisha B’av,by Rabbi Lopatin

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    July 28, 2009 | 12:25 am

    On this week of Tish’a B’av, I want to write in a different tone.  Yes,  I do believe firmly in working on Kiddush Hashem, and avoiding Chilul Hashem.  I said my piece last week.  This time I want to apologize to anyone I might have hurt by the tone of my message.  In writing... read on

  • Bridging Religious and Secular Jewish Life in Israel -by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    July 24, 2009 | 4:33 pm

    I spent the past week in Israel at a meeting of Tzohar Rabbis.  Tzohar is an organization of several hundred rabbis, mostly Israeli, who want to create a “window between worlds,” -between the world of religious and non-religious Jews in Israel which right now is more of a wall. ... read on

  • Rabbi Lopatin Accepts Invitation to Visit Me’ah She’arim

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    July 24, 2009 | 1:53 pm

    Rabbi Pinchas Lipschutz, editor and publisher of the US Yated Ne’eman has invited me to see first hand the Chareidi community in Me’ah She’arim, and I have accepted that invitation, hopefully in the form of a mission to Israel of unity, achdut, within the Orthodox community.  I am... read on

  • Shattering the Chains of Silence

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    July 23, 2009 | 8:37 am

    I recently met with several women, who have spent the greater part of their professional lives advocating on behalf of agunot—women whose recalcitrant husbands refuse to grant a get.  They came to me hoping discover the solution to the agunah problem.  The plight of wives—and... read on

  • The biggest farce of the year?

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    July 22, 2009 | 3:14 am

    There are many commitments we renew as the Jewish calendar year goes round. And we’re sincere and serious about most of them. These include the commitment to repent every time Tishrai comes around, to remember the lessons of the Exodus every Nisan, to personally receive the Torah... read on

  • Committed

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    July 21, 2009 | 12:49 am

    Many people often claim that the Modern Orthodox Community lacks the commitment of the Chareidi community. After all, they argue, the Chareidi community is more engaged in Torah learning and seems more committed to regular Tefilla.

    I recently had an experience that reminded me that... read on

  • Letter to Our Chareidi Brothers and Sisters

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    July 20, 2009 | 12:33 pm

    First I want to congratulate you for your fervor and unity in responding to those who are violating Shabbat by driving to Jerusalem on Shabbat and those who are intervening in family life in the Niturei Karta community by taking children to the hospital when they are... read on

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