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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... 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

  • 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

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  • 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

  • Torah Alone does not a Mench Make –By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    August 7, 2009 | 11:31 am

    A congregant of mine was confounded by the reports of Rabbis who were arrested for illegally trafficking in human organs. One person in the group said that some might justify their acts claiming the money would be used for yeshivahs and other important Jewish organizations. They... read on

  • The Rabbinate 101

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    August 6, 2009 | 12:09 am

    I recently got a taste of what it would be like to have my own pulpit, to be the rabbi of my own shul.  My esteemed colleagues Rabbis Avi Weiss and Steven Exler were on vacation, which left me in charge.  Alone.  In a 850-family shul. 

    Of course, as soon as everyone left, there... read on

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Our Orthodox Rabbis and an Orthodox Maharat writing about how they see Judaism, Israel, the Jewish People and our world.

Rabbi Hyim Shafner is the Rabbi of Bais Abraham...

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