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  • Rabbi Elyashiv, leading halachic authority, in grave condition

    February 7, 2012 | 5:16 pm

    Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, considered this generation’s leading halachic authority, is in critical condition.

    Prayer sessions in Israel and around the world have been held for Elyashiv, 101, the leader of the Lithuanian haredi Orthodox community, since he was admitted to the hospital on Sunday. One on Monday night at the Western Wall attracted thousands of worshipers.

    Elyashiv reportedly is on a respirator and has suffered massive organ failure.

  • New JTS Head Faces Trouble, Opportunity

    By Joe Eskenazi

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Arnold Eisen doesn't need to be reminded that he's not a rabbi. It's certainly not news to him.

    The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) announced this month that Eisen, 54, the chair of Stanford University's religious studies program, would become just the second nonrabbi to serve as...

  • The Israeli Supreme Court’s Conscience

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The conscience of the Jewish state has spoken through the recent landmark ruling of Israel's Supreme Court. It has taken an important step toward removing the pariah stigma from tens of thousands of Jews who converted to Judaism by the rabbinic authority of non-Orthodox rabbis, but...

  • Caught in a Maelstrom

    By Eric Silver

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Brenner, a 57-year-old New York-born social worker, Reform Jew and feminist, is at the epicenter of the latest halachic earthquake shaking Israel. Her downstairs neighbor is Dov Dumbrovich, the Orthodox chairman of the local religious council, who is defying a Supreme Court ruling...

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