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Tag: Modern Orthodox
March 27, 2014 | 11:24 am
September 3, 2013 | 11:28 am
I 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...
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...
June 26, 2013 | 6:05 pm
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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...
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...
January 3, 2013 | 10:35 am
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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...
November 15, 2012 | 3:18 pm
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...
August 29, 2012 | 11:27 am
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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...
February 7, 2012 | 11:46 am
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...
December 28, 2011 | 1:50 pm
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...
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...
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...
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...
January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pmWhen 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...
September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pmDoes 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...
September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm
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