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  • Yes, There Are More Reform and Conservative Israelis than You Think (But Who Are They?)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 10, 2013 | 7:38 am

    A year and a half ago, I first revealed that the number of Reform and conservative Jews in Israel might be much larger than what we think. Based on unpublished data from the Guttman Center survey, I wrote back then that "Eight percent of Israeli Jews define themselves as...

  • The Stranger Within Your Gates - by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    April 24, 2013 | 9:29 am

    On a recent Shabbat, Bais Abraham hosted a panel speakers from Eshel  (www.eshelonline.org),  a national organization building communities of support, learning, and inclusion for Orthodox lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews.  The three speakers were LGBT Orthodox...

  • Canadian Mormons commemorate Yom Hashoah

    By Mark Paredes

    April 21, 2013 | 10:49 pm

    After speaking with a prominent Orthodox rabbi in Montreal a few years ago, I had the distinct impression that great things were going to happen on the Jewish-Mormon front in that beautiful city. One of the stake presidents (regional leaders) is Eric Jarvis, a psychiatrist at...

  • Responding to Allegations of ‘Totalitarianism’ and to Other Saner Remarks About my Kotel Story

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 9, 2013 | 8:17 am

    My Sunday article, Anat Hoffman Might Be on the Verge of Becoming a Jewish Hero, made some waves, and for good reason. In it, I lay out what I largely believe is going to be the "deal" that will be offered to resolve the issue of Western Wall grievances. Talks between the head of...

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  • Partnership Minyanim: A Follow Up Response to Rabbi Barry Freundel

    March 7, 2013 | 6:29 pm

    Rabbi Freundel's detailed analysis of the halakhic basis for Partnership Minyanim demonstrates an impressive mastery of the relevant texts. But, in assessing this new practice, it is important to examine not only the halakhic responsa but also some of the underlying assumptions...

  • Guest Post – Reflections on Rabbi David Hartman z”l

    February 12, 2013 | 6:39 am

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    The first time I heard Rabbi David Hartman speak was in the summer following my “shannah aleph” year in Israel between high school and college....

  • Stories of Jewish Conversion: Frank Siciliano

    September 27, 2012 | 11:42 am

    Hearing the name Frank Siciliano, you would probably not immediately think “Orthodox Jew.” But this Jew by Choice, who has lived in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood for the past three years, is as passionate about his religion and his people as one can get. 

    Siciliano, a...

  • But what is our GOAL?

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 23, 2012 | 2:37 pm

    As the Elul moon waxes and the peak of our religious year nears, we each begin asking ourselves our “big questions”. This Elul, the big question that’s rattling me is “what, in the end, is our goal?”

    We, who put on tefillin every morning (if we are men), and maintain...

  • Helping mothers have it all

    By Susan Freudenheim

    June 27, 2012 | 4:22 pm

    The much-discussed article in the July/August Atlantic magazine begins with a story that likely will be familiar to any working mother. The author, Anne-Marie Slaughter, is at an evening work event talking to very important, very professional people, and all that’s really on her...

  • Sex Education in Orthodox High Schools

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    March 13, 2012 | 6:00 pm

    Recently, I sat in on a sex education course at an Orthodox high school. The class was for seniors and was the first one they had been offered on the subject; they were understandably full of questions. I realized, based upon the nature of their questions, how vital this course is.

    ...
  • Sex Education in Orthodox High Schools

    March 13, 2012 | 12:09 pm

    Recently, I sat in on a sex education course at an Orthodox high school. The class was for seniors and was the first one they had been offered on the subject; they were understandably full of questions. I realized, based upon the nature of their questions, how vital this course is.

    ...
  • Judaism’s Value of Happiness: Living with Gratitude and Idealism

    March 9, 2012 | 2:30 pm

    The weekly reader of the Jewish news might come to believe that Judaism opposes happiness and favors worry, guilt, and conflict. We seem to be so down and obsessed with our problems: anti-Semitism, anti-Israel propaganda, assimilation, intermarriage, scandals, and on and on. But...

  • The Challenge of Offering Moral Rebuke in the Workplace

    March 7, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    At work, we consistently offer positive reinforcement and constructive feedback to others to improve the quality of our collective efforts. From a Jewish perspective, we are not only concerned with the efficacy of our work but also the ethics of the workplace. In addition to personal...

  • Purim’s Gift

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    March 6, 2012 | 12:35 am

    I remember the Purim that fell during the year that I was mourning the loss of my father. Early on, I mentioned to my wife that I just wasn’t going to be in the mood to go to the Purim Seuda being held at shul, and she lovingly and generously offered to make a low-key Seudah at...

  • Are Taxes Fair, Good, or Jewish? A Defense of the Progressive Taxation

    March 5, 2012 | 10:48 am

    For several months, the whole nation has been intensely debating what constitutes a fair system of taxation. It is very peculiar that there are American Jews today who adhere to the Tea Party mantra that all government is bad, that taxes should always be reduced, and that a flat tax...

  • Mormon Temples and Jews: The SWC Charade Continues

    By Mark Paredes

    February 27, 2012 | 12:29 am

    “FYI, discovered today: Posthumous baptisms for the parents of Simon Wiesenthal. I am collecting evidence, which will be e-mailed to you, if requested, as long as there is a public stink.” – e-mail sent by anti-Mormon genealogy researcher Helen Radkey to Rabbi Abraham Cooper,...

  • A Jew and a Mormon walk into a Bar…

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    February 26, 2012 | 2:58 pm

    Recently the issue of the Mormon church engaging in posthumous conversions has resurfaced. The Wall Street Journal reports that:

    “Researchers recently discovered that Mormons had similarly baptized the parents of famed Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, whose mother died in a Nazi...

  • Who Wrote the Torah? Committed Theology in an Age of Skepticism

    February 24, 2012 | 11:29 am

    It is the question that so many wonder but few investigate, about which we are long on opinion but short on fact: “Who wrote the Torah?” One might think this would be the most basic question in Jewish learning and thought since of the three primary theological paradigms of...

  • Thoughts about death and living life -by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    February 23, 2012 | 8:13 am

    One of my favorite stories is one told of a great rabbi and mystic who lived several centuries ago, Rabbi Menachem Mendal of Kotzk.  He asked his students, “What would you do if you knew you had only one more week to live?”  The first answered, “I would spend it with my...

  • 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...

  • Gabay’s new book makes the case for moderate Judaism

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 12, 2011 | 10:50 am

    Nourallah Gabay is perhaps one of only a dozen open minded and well rounded older individuals in the Southern California’s Iranian Jewish community that I have come to know over the years. Aside from being a successful businessman, he has long been involved with countless community...

  • Finding the sacred in the mundane

    By Amy Klein

    February 14, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    My grandparents were not big readers. Their English was slightly accented but fluent -- they both left Poland in their early teens and came to America in the 1920s. But like many Orthodox Jews of their generation, when they had "leisure" time (although I'm not sure they knew the...
  • Letters

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Gaza Fight

    Imagine a person's agony when the doctors tell him that in order to save his life, he must amputate a limb. ("The Battle Over Gaza in America," June 17). Imagine the increased agony when a second group of doctors tells him that not only will amputation not help his...

  • Attack on Writers Verges on Ridiculous

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    This past week, the New York Times Book Review ran a lengthy essay by writer Wendy Shalit titled "The Observant Reader." In it, Shalit harshly criticized books she deemed to be unfriendly to Orthodox Judaism. Even worse than the books, she asserted, were some of their writers,...

  • Life of a Footsoldier

    By Andrea Adelson

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Shmuel Marcus is a bit like the lucky son of an ambitious frontier storekeeper, who relies on family to staff a second storefront.

    Since January, Marcus, 27, has operated Orange County's newest Chabad from a living room alcove of the second-floor Cypress apartment he shares with his...

  • Searching for ‘Esther’

    By Mike Levy

    June 14, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Wendy Graf's new comedy "The Book of Esther" focuses on a central character named Mindy, who, like Queen Esther, bravely declares her Jewishness in the face of opposition. Unlike Esther, Mindy doesn't save the Jewish people, but confronts her ardently secular family and friends when...

  • Enthralled by Talk

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Award-winning mystery writer Rochelle Krich, the "Orthodox Agatha Christie," has a confession: "I became a talk show junkie during the O.J. Simpson trial," sheepishly admits Krich, 52, the author of nine whodunits in as many years. "When the trial was over, I still needed my fix."

    So...

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