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  • Modern Orthodox Jewish life blossoms in Berlin

    By  Orit Arfa

    September 29, 2016 | 5:13 pm

    A few years ago, Yael Merlini wasn’t sure she and her family could stay in Germany. Her children, ages 7, 11 and 15, were the only Jews in their school in Giessen, a town near Frankfurt. The Jewish population numbered fewer than 400, mostly elderly Russian Jews. She also...

  • Workshop aims to change Orthodox LGBTQ conversation

    September 21, 2016 | 4:07 pm

    If you type “Orthodox Judaism” into the Google search engine, the first suggestion that comes up is “Orthodox Judaism food” (nothing like Mom’s matzo ball soup!), the second is “Orthodox Judaism rules” (we certainly have a lot of them) and the third is “Orthodox Judaism...

  • The Female Rabbi exchange, part 3: On the feminist revolution in Jewish orthodoxy

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 21, 2016 | 4:12 am

    Rabbi Sally Priesand is America's first female rabbi ordained by a rabbinical seminary, and the second formally ordained female rabbi in Jewish history, after Regina Jonas. After her ground-breaking ordination she served first as assistant and then as associate rabbi at Stephen...

  • It’s No Surprise Why Women Leave Orthodoxy

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    June 29, 2016 | 1:30 am

    Nishma Research has just come out with the results of a survey regarding why people leave Orthodox Judaism. Despite worries by Orthodox leaders that the internet will lure people away from the right path (derech) with promises of alcohol, drugs, rock and roll, and multiple sex...

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  • The rabbi and the yogi

    June 8, 2016 | 2:26 pm

    My husband, Jeremy, and I first met Rabbi Moshe Greenwald and his wife, Rivky, at a Chanukah candle-lighting ceremony in Pershing Square in 2010, when we were just dating. Two years later, when we talked about getting married, I decided to convert to Judaism. Jeremy was born Jewish...

  • The Orthodoxy exchange, part 3: Haredi outreach and the threat of external influences

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 11, 2016 | 3:40 am

    Adam S. Ferziger is a professor and holds the S.R. Hirsch Chair for Research of the Torah and Derekh Erez Movement in the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel, and is co-convener of the Oxford Summer Institute for Modern and...

  • The Orthodoxy exchange, Part 1: American Orthodox Judaism is changing

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 6, 2016 | 4:00 am

    Adam S. Ferziger is a professor and holds the S.R. Hirsch Chair for Research of the Torah and Derekh Erez Movement in the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel, and is co-convener of the Oxford Summer Institute for Modern and...

  • Why I take personally chief rabbi’s criticism of non-Orthodox school visit

    December 14, 2015 | 2:01 pm

    At the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly this year, it was made clear that a healthy Jewish community does not have to have unanimity on all issues, but we do need to be unified and, above all else, have civility in our discourse.

    It was obvious this week that...

  • Jennifer Lawrence’s image erased from ‘Hunger Games’ posters in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak

    November 19, 2015 | 12:38 pm

    Posters promoting the final “Hunger Games” movie in Jerusalem and the coastal Israeli city of Bnei Brak have scrubbed star Jennifer Lawrence from the main image.

    The posters for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2” in these cities contain only the fiery crow from the original...

  • Feminism isn’t kosher

    November 16, 2015 | 11:28 am

    Fierce debates this month over women clergy represent the most fractious internecine conflict in the Orthodox Jewish community in a generation. After the progressive movement known as Open Orthodoxy ordained its first women, denunciations by centrist and right-of-center Orthodox...

  • 5 clarifying comments on the ordination of Orthodox women

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 5, 2015 | 4:27 am

    My article from three days ago - It is time for Orthodox revolutionaries to drop their tone of anger – ignited a wave of responses, many of which were, well, angry. Obviously, some of what I said was not clear to some of the respondents. It is probably my fault, so I would like to...

  • It is time for Orthodox revolutionaries to drop their tone of anger

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 2, 2015 | 4:04 am

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    I am not certain why the Rabbinical Council of America bothered – yet it did. On Friday, it issued a statement formally “prohibiting the ordination or hiring of women rabbis.” The resolution says as follows: “RCA members with positions in Orthodox institutions may not ordain...

  • Avi Weiss on living the ‘dream of seeing an Orthodoxy that’s open’

    By Jared Sichel

    September 8, 2015 | 4:00 pm

    Rabbi Avi Weiss, the man who coined the phrase “Open Orthodoxy” — referring to a more inclusive and liberal version of Orthodox Judaism — is no stranger to controversy. 

    He left his post at Yeshiva University in 1999 and founded Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, a liberal Orthodox yeshiva...

  • In life-or-death legal dispute, modern medical ethics, Jewish law and civil law clash

    By Jared Sichel

    August 17, 2015 | 11:13 am

    ***This story has been updated (Sept. 11, 12 p.m.)

    As David Stern, a 61-year-old Orthodox Jew suffering from a rare neurodegenerative disease, lies conscious and hooked up to a respirator at Providence Tarzana Medical Center, the hospital and lawyers for two of Stern’s children...

  • How Jewish family values keep Ivanka Trump classy

    August 10, 2015 | 1:14 pm

    dishy dispatch in Vanity Fair has taken careful note of the skillful way that Ivanka Trump is supporting the scorched-earth presidential campaign of her father, Donald Trump, while avoiding any tinge to her own reputation. The answer, it appears, lies in a careful combination of...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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