Jewish Journal

  • For new dad, a stronger bond from circumcising son

    by Debra Rubin

    2 weeks ago

    Natan Zaidenweber thought the mohel was kidding. His wife, Linda Raab, thought it was some kind of religious formality and didn’t give it a second thought.

    But the mohel, Cantor Philip Sherman, was serious. Although most fathers demur when he invites them to perform the bris on...

  • How to shrink your day school tuition bill by $163,000

    by Uriel Heilman, JTA

    3 weeks ago

    When the parents of three school-age children sat down with their financial adviser to try to figure out how to minimize their anticipated private school tuition bill of $810,000 through high school, they came up with a plan that shrunk the bill by $163,000.

    How’d they do...

  • Remembering Reb Zalman, a blessing

    Rabbi Stan Levy

    3 weeks ago

    Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (Reb Zalman), an ordained Lubavitch rabbi,  founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, and one of the most profound and important Jewish thinkers of our age, was born in Zhovka, Poland ( now Ukraine), in 1924 and died on July 3, 2014, in Boulder, Colo....

  • Zalman Schachter-Shalomi brought old world gravitas to New Age Judaism

    by Ben Harris, JTA

    July 7, 2014 | 10:13 am

    Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi was one of the world’s most innovative and influential Jewish spiritual leaders.

    To his followers, he was their Chasidic rebbe. But what other rebbe had dropped acid with Timothy Leary and dialogued with the Dalai Lama?

    Schachter-Shalomi, who died...

  • Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, father of Jewish Renewal, dies


    July 3, 2014 | 12:49 pm

    Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, the father of the Jewish Renewal movement, has died at age 89.

    A maverick rabbi who started out in the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, Schachter-Shalomi transitioned over time toward a New Age, neo-Chasidic approach, gaining a substantial following on...

  • Binary vision isn’t healthy: Parashat Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9)

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    July 2, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    Do you remember the classic 1980s film “The Breakfast Club”? It was a favorite of mine as a teen and made a lasting impression on me. The short summary is that a bunch of high-schoolers get weekend detention together in the school library with very little supervision and go from...

  • Torah too R-rated for some Chasidim, so they edited it

    by Uriel Heilman, Reuters

    July 2, 2014 | 10:53 am

    For some Chasidim, the Torah is too hot to handle.

    A recently published Bible study guide in use in a Chasidic village in suburban New York omits certain risque passages and entire passages of the Book of Genesis, according to Israeli scholar and blogger David Assaf of Tel Aviv...

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