Jewish Journal

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 pioneered groundbreaking ritual innovations that went mainstream. Photo by Daniel Sieradski/JTA

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... read full article

  • 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...

  • Rabbi Nachman Sudak, head of Chabad U.K., dies

    by JTA

    June 16, 2014 | 2:18 pm

    Rabbi Nachman Sudak, the chief emissary for the Chabad-Lubavitch movement in the United Kingdom, has died.

    Sudak died Sunday in London; he was 78.

    Directed personally by the Lubavitcher rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, to move to London in 1959, Sudak lived there for the rest...

  • Should robots count in a minyan? Rabbi talks Turing test

    by Adam Soclof, JTA

    June 12, 2014 | 2:06 pm

    Robots can hold a conversation, but should they count in a minyan?

    A chatbot at Britain’s University of Reading was heralded this week as passing the Turing test, showing a conversational ability that managed to fool people into thinking it was human.

    Using the fictional...

  • A new era for Torah-based fertility treatment

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 11, 2014 | 1:04 pm

    As modern couples are marrying later and often postponing having children, the use of cutting-edge fertility treatments, such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryonic genetic testing, is gaining widespread popularity and acceptance.

    But for Orthodox Jewish couples who wish...

  • Genealogy shows Cardinal O’Connor’s mother was Jewish

    By Alison Leigh Cowan, nytimes.com

    June 10, 2014 | 10:04 am

    In his 16 years as the Catholic Church’s top official in New York, Cardinal John Joseph O’Connor was a staunch friend and defender of the Jewish people.

    He spoke often about what he had seen at Dachau as a Navy chaplain. He used his platform as head of the Archdiocese of New York...

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