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When Will the Slander End?

By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

August 18, 2009 | 8:42 pm

A few weeks ago I officiated at a wedding. The bride was a giyyoret (a convert to Judaism), and the couple had requested that the honor of reading the ketuba under the chuppah be given to... read on

  • Man In Search Of Heschel - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    August 18, 2009 | 11:28 am

    If you understand the title of this post you are ahead of the game.

    I wonder why the Modern Orthodox community does pay more attention to and study the works of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Aside from his book The Sabbath, much of his work goes unnoticed and certainly unstudied in... read on

  • Making Sacrifices Meaningful

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    August 17, 2009 | 6:18 pm

    I have always had a rough time getting into the idea of animal, bird or grain sacrifices meaningful.  The idea of killing an animal and spritzing its blood on the alter and burning some of it, eating some of it – has never spoken to me.  Just last week, in Re’eh, we talked a lot... read on

  • Hearing the Divine –By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    August 14, 2009 | 11:40 am

    This week’s Torah portion Re’eh-“See” begins “See I place before you today blessing and curse, the blessing that you will listen to the Mitzvot….”  The Midrah on these verses quotes the two additional verses to bring to bear on our portion, “The mitzvah is a candle... read on

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  • Tzedakah and Chesed:  Preparing for the Month of Elul by, Rosh Kehilah Dina Najman, Marta d’Atra of

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    August 13, 2009 | 10:36 am

    Very often, Rosh Hashana comes along and I find myself thinking:  How did the month of Elul come and go so quickly - I feel that I did not utilize my time adequately to prepare myself to stand before HaKadosh Baruch Hu on Yom haDin?
    In that vein, as we are m’varchin haChodesh this... read on

  • “We Men Are Weak”, by Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    August 12, 2009 | 12:40 am

    Modern Orthodoxy, when done right, is obviously more demanding than standard orthodoxy. In addition to fulfilling the identical set of mitzvoth, Modern Orthodox Jews are bound by so many more sacred religious obligations, needing to engage – not simply to ignore – the broader... read on

  • Guilty As Charged - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    August 11, 2009 | 10:48 am

    Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who bestows good on the guilty, who has bestowed upon me much good.

    The above is the text of the Birkhat HaGomel, a blessing traditionally recited by one who has survived a dangerous situation. The Talmud teaches that one who is... read on

  • Are We doing Enough to Keep Jerusalem Undivided?

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    August 10, 2009 | 7:12 pm

    I recently sent out a petition over some of the rabbinic list-serves that I’m on to ask rabbis to sign their names calling for President Obama to recognize Jerusalem as the indivisible capital of the Jewish State, of Israel.  Even though it sounds pretty centrist, I think that even... read on

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