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Orthodox, Male and Drunk

By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

September 9, 2009 | 3:17 am

When we conjure up the typical profile of a “religious person”, one of the qualities that leaps to mind is temperance.  In some religious traditions – not ours – this quality... read on

  • More On Health Care…and Arguing With God - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    September 8, 2009 | 8:29 am

    There have been a number of interesting reactions to my call of orthodox Jewish groups to support universal health care. Two themes have emerged: 1. Most people are covered by insurance they pay for, other enjoy Medicare or Medicaid coverage and those who are not in these categories... read on

  • 5770: The Year of Carmit with Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    September 6, 2009 | 10:16 pm

    Many of you know that my wife and I, and our four kids, plan to make aliya in the summer of 2011 to a new town being built 20 minutes north of Beer Sheva, Carmit.  The vision for Carmit is that it should be a diverse, pluralistic town eventually growing to over 10,000 people, with... read on

  • The Highest and the Lowest –By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    September 4, 2009 | 1:28 pm

    The Rambam writes in the Laws of Tishuvah (return) about this season before the holidays that, “All people should see themselves as half guilty and half meritorious, if they do one sin now they tip themselves and the entire world with them to the side of guilt and cause... read on

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  • Envisioning a Healthy Jewish Sex Ethic

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    September 2, 2009 | 10:26 pm

    Elul is not only the season of teshuvah.  It’s also the season of love! Ani l’dodi v’dodi li.  I am my beloved and my beloved is for me ( אֲנִי לְדוֹדִי וְדוֹדִי לִי).  It is the season of weddings.  I spend quite some time each summer preparing... read on

  • The Dog Days of Deuteronomy

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    September 2, 2009 | 12:39 am

    Reading the book of D’varim (Deuteronomy) can be a tumultuous experience.  These last few Shabbat mornings have been roller coaster rides, as the sacred text has repeatedly ascended to lofty ethical heights, and then without any particular warning, has seemingly plunged into... read on

  • Don’t Let a Good Sin Go To Waste. - Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    September 1, 2009 | 11:31 am

    Sounds like strange advice. Let me explain.

    According to Rabbi Solovetichik there are two kinds of Teshuva (return). One type of Teshuva calls for a complete obliteration of the past. “Certain situations leave no choice but the annihilation of evil and for completely uprooting... read on

  • Who by water, and who by fire?

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    August 31, 2009 | 7:35 am

    We have been hearing the sounds of the shofar every morning since the month of Elul began. And within its wordless cry we already hear the echoes of the liturgy of Rosh Hashana. None more than the echoes of Nitaneh Tokef’s, “Who will Live, and who will die?  Who by water, and who by... read on

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