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  • And the Lord God said, “You’re not about sex”

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    October 24, 2014 | 11:18 am

    The topic this time is not one I would have chosen, rather one that's been thrust upon us all: the story of a religious leader who has grossly violated the trust that his community has placed in him, and who has grossly violated the dignity and the sacred humanity of his... read on

  • The Waning Moon of Elul

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    September 14, 2014 | 10:32 pm

    A couple of years ago I read an essay entitled The ‘Busy’ Trap written by a fellow named Tim Krieder. Although I hadn’t thought about the essay much since then, it came flooding back to me in a sudden torrent last week, as I watched the moon of Elul wane.

    Here’s the essay’s... read on

  • There’s Enough Room in the Heart.

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 4, 2014 | 1:04 am

    I know it’s an absurd question.  So I’ll only entertain it for a moment.

    The eighth verse of Eicha (Lamentations) simply and plainly states that the Jews of Judea were themselves responsible for the Destruction of Jerusalem and the Exile from the land.  “Jerusalem sinned... read on

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  • My brethren in Gaza by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    July 27, 2014 | 5:48 am

    I feel terrible for the people of Gaza.  They live under the rule of a violent oppressor.  But their oppressor is not Israel, it is Hamas, a terrorist entity whose very name means anger and whose actions seem to so revolve around war and hatred, that they cannot spend adequate... read on

  • Jewish Strength and Jewish Beauty in a Time of War.

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    July 25, 2014 | 12:04 am

    There is no strength like the strength which emanates from one’s moral core. There is no beauty like the beauty which radiates from one’s innermost soul. The Jewish moral core and innermost soul are the ones that have been shaped and formed over thousands of years by the words of... read on

  • Judaism in the Time of Climate Change

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    May 25, 2014 | 3:44 pm

    A spiritual reflection one of the biggest elephants in our room.

    It’s basic to our religious system that when human life is in danger, we stop and pay attention. This is true not only when human life is clearly and certainly in danger, but also whenever there is a reasonable... read on

  • Hidden meanings in the Passover seder

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    April 10, 2014 | 9:51 pm


    In a few days the Jewish people will celebrate the holiday of Passover.    The central observance of Passover is the seder meal with matza (unleavened bread), maror (bitter herbs), a festive meal, four cups of wine, readings related to the Biblical exodus from Egypt 3500 years... read on

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