Jewish Journal

  • Lincoln and the Jews….. And Us.

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    February 20, 2014 | 10:57 pm

    As Lincoln’s birthday approached, I was feeling curious about the relationship between President Lincoln and the Jewish community. And as it turns out,  there were indeed two significant episodes in which Lincoln asserted his presidential authority on behalf of the Jewish... read on

  • Ark as Metaphor

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    February 13, 2014 | 10:45 am

    In synagogues the world over Jewish people are reading the Biblical book of Exodus, with its quintessential moment of Jewish history. The Children of Israel, several weeks after their exodus from Egypt, reach Mount Sinai and there receive the two tablets of stone on which is... read on

  • A Miracle: Looking Back After 13 Years

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    February 4, 2014 | 7:24 pm

    “It’s your miracle child!”  I hadn’t heard anyone refer to our youngest son that way for a decade or more. But several people did so this past Shabbat, as this youngest son of ours “leined” and shared  a Dvar Torah, in celebration of his Bar Mitzvah. Until these friends invoked the... read on

  • Different Roles by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    January 29, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    I came across THIS ARTICLE by Rabbi Avi Shafran, my old 10th grade Rebbe.  There is a lot he writes in the public arena that I do not agree with, but this one I really did.  I articulated a similar notion in my post in this blog about Maharats HERE.  Indeed when our Maharat here at... read on

  • Raising Consciousness about the Agunah Crisis -By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    January 28, 2014 | 8:47 pm

    This past Sunday  our congregation, Bais Abraham in St. Louis, Missouri, hosted a post-nup signing event with the aim of prompting the whole shul and much of the community to sign the RCA post-nup and to raise consciousness for the plight of Agunot, women chained in a marriage by a... read on

  • Is Tolerance in the Orthodox Lexicon?

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    January 14, 2014 | 1:16 pm

    There is no classical Hebrew word for "tolerance”. The modern Hebrew term is “sovlanut”, but this word never appears with this meaning in rabbinic literature. This isn’t surprising of course, as the contemporary notion of tolerating differing views is born of modern humanist... read on

  • Of Fish Tacos and Otherness –By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    January 2, 2014 | 5:30 pm

    I grew up in the 1970’s in one of the only Orthodox Jewish families in a small Connecticut town.  I did not know then that kosher keeping Jews could eat in a restaurant.  I never had eaten in one and the thought of doing so did not even cross my mind.   Once a year we would make... read on

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