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By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

May 24, 2013 | 9:43 am

“Halachikly alive.” It’s a term that, ironically enough, is only used when we’re in a situation of death and dying. My mother-in-law, who until a few months ago was a vivacious wife,... read on

  • The Stranger Within Your Gates - by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    April 24, 2013 | 9:29 am

    On a recent Shabbat, Bais Abraham hosted a panel speakers from Eshel  (www.eshelonline.org),  a national organization building communities of support, learning, and inclusion for Orthodox lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews.  The three speakers were LGBT Orthodox... read on

  • Gonna Celebrate Pesach Like It’s 5773 – Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    March 23, 2013 | 10:19 pm

    I recently listened to a shiur on the subject of Pesach wherein the Rabbi insisted that currently we celebrate the spiritual freedom of Pesach... read on

  • Partnership Minyanim: A Follow Up Response to Rabbi Barry Freundel

    by Dr. Chaim Trachtman

    March 7, 2013 | 6:29 pm

    Rabbi Freundel's detailed analysis of the halakhic basis for Partnership Minyanim demonstrates an impressive mastery of the relevant texts. But, in assessing this new practice, it is important to examine not only the halakhic responsa but also some of the underlying assumptions... read on

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  • Maharat: A new model of leadership by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    March 1, 2013 | 8:48 am

    Orthodox Jews believe that men and women are fundamentally different.  They have different characteristics, different strengths, different obligations and different ways of seeing the world and approaching life.  Thus, it follows that especially for us, (as opposed perhaps to more... read on

  • Fight for Your Quinoa!

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    February 28, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    Quinoa has been a breath of fresh culinary air in the non-kitniyot Pesach kitchen, and has restored dietary sanity to us Ashkenazim. But the kitniyot zealots are lurking. The OU, for example, is equivocating on quinoa’s non-kitniyot status . The battle for quinoa is underway, but... read on

  • Ruth Calderon - Mother of Redemption?

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    February 26, 2013 | 10:56 pm

     Dr. Ruth Calderon’s Knesset speech has created more buzz around the Jewish world than any speech like it in the history of the State of Israel. Probably because nothing remotely like it has ever happened before. The unexpected, unprecedented, yet incredibly moving sight of a... read on

  • Guest Post – Reflections on Rabbi David Hartman z”l

    by Rabbi David Wolkenfeld

    February 12, 2013 | 6:39 am

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    The first time I heard Rabbi David Hartman speak was in the summer following my “shannah aleph” year in Israel between high school and college.... read on

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