Jewish Journal

  • A Moment of Truth for the RCA

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    April 25, 2010 | 12:00 pm

    I took the red-eye from LA to New York right after Shabbos. I hate red-eyes. But I decided I had to present for the RCA convention, which will begin in about an hour.

    As has already been reported in the Forward, there is something worrisome and dramatic that threatens to unfold... read on

  • A genocide is a genocide: Jews need to be at the forefront of recognizing the Armenian genocide

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    April 23, 2010 | 9:53 am

    Being True to Yourself: A Genocide is a Genocide
    Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    Several years ago I gave a sermon about people who took risks in their careers to speak the truth.  One of them was Andrew Tarsy regional director of the Anti Defamation League – the ADL – in New England. In... read on

  • Cairo Boycott of Israel Bad; Sharsheret Good

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    April 23, 2010 | 8:47 am

    Dear Friends,

    About a year ago, I was vocal in my disappointment with Susan G. Komen for the Cure for the organization’s response after Egypt denied Israeli research scientists entrance to the Komen conference held in their country.  However, this unfortunate experience produced... read on

  • Title vs Function

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    April 22, 2010 | 2:30 pm

    There has been much written about me, Rabbi Weiss and women’s leadership in general over the past few months.  I know that many are disconcerted about the change in title from Maharat to Rabba.  As we have said before, Rav Avi and I did not intend to cause a firestorm, and... read on

  • Hipster, Hassidim and Morethodoxy - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    April 19, 2010 | 1:52 pm

    This past Saturday the Wall Street Journal had a story examining the growing tension between the Hassidic and Hipster communities. The tension exists because both groups live in the same neighborhood, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
    While the article focuses on turf wars I wish to offer... read on

  • What is the Purpose of Zionism? –By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    April 9, 2010 | 4:14 am

    Although in the modern Orthodox community it is not PC to admit this, I am not a Zionist.  I did not grow up feeling or being taught that Israel, in the modern sense of the term, was essential for the Jews or for being Jewish.  I was taught that though Israel is a holy land, the... read on

  • Why We Need a Reversion of Conversion-By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    April 3, 2010 | 5:51 pm

    A while back I sent a certain Orthodox rabbi a link to Rabbi Mark Angel’s article about conversion which appeared in the Forward http://www.forward.com/articles/11985/ in which Rabbi Angel argues quoting former chief Sephardic Rabbi Uziel, that we should err on the side of... read on

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