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  • Is Yeshivah of Flatbush ‘predatory’ in its scrutiny of girls’ attire?

    September 11, 2014 | 2:31 pm

    For years, Melissa Duchan had found the dress code for girls at her Orthodox school in Brooklyn, the Yeshivah of Flatbush, onerous.

    But it wasn’t until recently that Duchan, 16, felt that scrutiny of female students had crossed the line from irritating to what she called...

  • Till get do us part

    By Ryan Torok

    March 27, 2014 | 11:24 am

    Hurrying by the parking lot at the Lakeside Event Center in Las Vegas, Israel Meir Kin and his new wife, Daniela Barbosa, avoided eye contact with a group of about 30 demonstrators who had been waiting for them. Dressed for their wedding in a suit and gown, respectively, the couple...

  • High Holy Days: Living with purpose

    September 3, 2013 | 11:28 am

    have a calling. I am living my best life. I am fulfilling my life’s mission. I am living with purpose. While these pronouncements are a mainstay of popular American and Christian spirituality, they do not sound very “Jewish.” Yet, as we approach Rosh Hashanah and the celebration...

  • Rabbi Motti Elon found guilty of sexual misconduct

    August 7, 2013 | 9:49 am

    Rabbi Mordechai “Motti” Elon, an Israeli Modern Orthodox leader, was convicted on two charges of sexually assaulting a minor.

    Elon, the former rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat HaKotel in Jerusalem, was found guilty Wednesday in Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court of indecent acts against a...

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  • Women of the word: Parashat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1)

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    June 26, 2013 | 6:05 pm

    On a recent trip to New York, I spent Shabbat morning at The Jewish Center in Manhattan, a vibrant Modern Orthodox community. As services came to a close, the 500 congregants did not make the typical mad rush for the door. Instead, everyone remained seated, anxiously waiting to...

  • Transforming herself

    By Ryan Torok

    June 5, 2013 | 12:22 pm

    When Joelle Milman was a high school sophomore, she met award-winning photographer Art Streiber, who has contributed to Vanity Fair among other high-profile publications.

    It didn’t happen as you might expect. It was her work on display during an art show at the Annenberg Space...

  • Elul and Jewish pluralism

    By Roberto Loiederman

    May 15, 2013 | 2:14 pm

    A typical study session for Elul, a pluralistic Israel-based beit midrash (house of study), doesn’t confine itself to a discussion of Abraham’s journey in Genesis. It naturally segues into a rabbinical story about the patriarch breaking his father’s idols, followed by a poem by the...

  • Religious conflict in Beit Shemesh yields to fragile peace amid coexistence efforts

    February 14, 2013 | 1:19 pm

    Next to the Modern Orthodox Orot Banot girls school in Beit Shemesh, fresh mounds of dirt and a huge hole in the ground indicate the spot where a community center is being built.

    Orot Banot was at the center of conflict between local haredi Orthodox extremists and Modern Orthodox...

  • Dr. Matthew Lefferman and Eric Weissman: Putting Sunday sports in play

    By Ryan E. Smith

    January 3, 2013 | 10:35 am

    Nowhere in the Torah does it say: “And on the seventh day, God played soccer.” Which is too bad for observant Jewish youths who would love to take advantage of the many local sports leagues that play on Saturdays.

    Fortunately, there are Dr. Matthew Lefferman and Eric Weissman....

  • Above-par d’var (Torah)

    December 19, 2012 | 4:18 pm

    It might be difficult for anyone in the 21st century to relate to the Leviticus story of how God killed Aaron’s sons for burning “strange fire” in His honor. It’s even tougher when you’re 12.

    Lexi Freund had no choice, however, as she wrote a d’var Torah (literally “word of...

  • Moshava returns to Los Angeles

    December 12, 2012 | 1:47 pm

    It really bothered Jonathan Gerber, a 30-year-old financial adviser and resident of Pico-Robertson, that there was no Modern Orthodox sleep-away camp in Los Angeles. Ever since the Zionist youth group Bnei Akiva discontinued its Moshava Los Angeles camp in the mid-1990s, local kids...

  • Frum women find a place

    November 15, 2012 | 3:18 pm

    When “Rivky,” a Charedi, or ultra-Orthodox, woman with “a very large family” — she declined to say how large, fearful of tempting fate — opened a woman’s clothing shop in the basement of her Jerusalem home 40 years ago, advertising her business was easy.

    “There was only one...

  • Women’s Participation in Ritual: Time for a Paradigm Shift

    By Rabbi Zev Farber

    October 15, 2012 | 10:31 am

    Today, the baseline in any Orthodox community is that women do not participate in public ritual at all. In the average Orthodox synagogue, there is not one thing that women do which is part of synagogue performance. Their presence is not felt and their voices are not heard. The...

  • Like ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’? You’ll love Judaism

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 29, 2012 | 11:27 am

    The rabbi is a book lover. So it was an innocent question when he asked his congregant what she was reading, tucked ever-so-discreetly between her palms, as she sat in a chair in a synagogue hallway. Was that a bead of sweat trickling down her brow? Was she trying to hide the...

  • Dishonest Kiruv! The Building of Responsible Jewish Outreach Movements

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    June 6, 2012 | 5:39 am

    I have been serving as a Jewish outreach professional for the last 2 years as the Senior Jewish Educator at the UCLA Hillel. I am so fortunate to be able to spend my days talking and learning with students about their life journeys. At its best, Jewish outreach provides a student...

  • Shalhevet hires outgoing head of Milken School

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 29, 2012 | 5:48 pm

    Jason Ablin, the outgoing head of Milken Community High School, has landed a new job at Shalhevet School, a 165-student Modern Orthodox Jewish day school in Los Angeles.

    Ablin, whose official title will be coordinator of curriculum development, will be working with Shalhevet...

  • Desexualizing Public Space

    By Rabbi Zev Farber

    February 7, 2012 | 11:46 am

    Introduction
    The story is told (b. Taanit 24a) that Rabbi Yossi son of Rabbi Avin left his teacher, R. Yossi of Yoqrat, in order to study with Rav Ashi. As leaving one teacher for another was an unusual thing to do, Rav Ashi asked him why he did so. Rabbi Yossi son of Rabbi Avin...

  • 5 comments on the exclusion of women and the denigration of Haredis

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 28, 2011 | 1:50 pm

    1.

    It is all too convenient to make the debate about the status of women in Israel’s public arena a debate about Haredi violence and ultra Orthodox intolerance. The protesters gathering in Beit Shemesh were right to denounce any attacks, be it physical or verbal, on school girls...

  • Baltimore’s Yeshivat Rambam day school announces closing

    May 9, 2011 | 10:32 am

    A Baltimore Jewish day school will close at the end of this school year.

    Yeshivat Rambam, which opened about 20 years ago and taught according to the Modern Orthodox philosophy of Torah U’Maddah, or Torah and secular knowledge, will shut down in June, it announced in a statement...

  • Why more modern orthodox synagogues are taking Chabad Rabbis

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    March 30, 2011 | 12:43 pm

    The past few weeks I have seen a revolution. On a lecture tour that took me to Sydney, Australia and Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa, I hardly found a major mainstream synagogue without a Chabad Rabbi. Shules that once swore they would not invite in Chabad are now attracting...

  • Mormon missionaries meet modern Judaism

    By Amy Klein

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    "Do Jewish people still practice sacrifices?"

    This was among the questions asked recently by a group of Mormon missionaries, 50 students who came to Palos Verdes' Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to hear a lecture by Rabbi Isaac Jeret of Congregation Ner Tamid, located...

  • On marrying out

    By Amy Klein

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    When I was 25, my Orthodox girlfriends and I discussed at what age, if we weren't married, we might sleep with someone. The question was deeper than its "Sex and the City" nature might sound (although those girls had made that decision a long time ago).

    The question wasn't just...

  • Am I Blind?

    By David Suissa

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Does the American Jewish community take a "myopic" view of Israel? A local Jewish leader, known for his progressive views, believes that it does.

    In a recent article in this paper, Daniel Sokatch began by telling the story of a Jewish activist friend who came across a demonstration...

  • In defense of Madonna

    By Lisa Frydman Barr

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I interviewed Madonna in the early '90s. At the time I was the managing editor of "In Jerusalem," a weekend section of The Jerusalem Post. Madonna was in the 'hood as part of an influx of A-list pop stars who made a symbolic trek to the Holy Land to show support for the fledgling...
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