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  • 4 short comments on Jewish normalcy

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 11, 2016 | 6:14 am


    I am just coming back from a short event at President Reuven Rivlin’s House, a short event with a history: a year ago, the President, for the first time, “hosted leaders from the Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and secular movements at his residence” for an official event. It...

  • The Orthodoxy exchange, part 2: On ideological disputes in the orthodox world

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 20, 2016 | 4:17 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...

  • A view from the women’s section on Orthodox spiritual leadership

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    November 10, 2015 | 5:30 pm

    I have a vivid memory of sitting in my yeshiva high school principal’s office, imploring him to start teaching the girls Mishnah and Gemara, to offer a little more respect to our intellects and our souls by giving us access to all the Jewish texts that form the basis of our...

  • If Chabad becomes more dominant, American Judaism will change

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 16, 2014 | 4:00 am

    I was planning to write a post about Chabad way before the stabbing in NY last week, and without even remembering that last week was the "new year" of Chasidism according to Chabad calendar. I was planning to write about Chabad following my article on why the Jews of Miami are...

  • Why does a shul need a Maharat?

    November 27, 2014 | 10:15 am

    A recent opinion piece in the Washington Jewish Week by Barbara Zakheim praised her Orthodox congregation (the National Synagogue in Washington, DC) for hiring a Maharat, a female spiritual leader. She describes herself as “ECSTATIC!!” (formatting hers) about the role the Maharat,...

  • What should be done about the (Orthodox) rise and (non-Orthodox) decline of Jewish day schools?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 20, 2014 | 4:25 am

    Last week the Avi-Chai foundation released its fourth report on Jewish day schools in America, and the headlines following it focused mostly on the one obvious reality the report highlights: Jewish day schools are doing great, the number of schools and students is growing and is...

  • What ‘Divergent’ can teach us about post-denominational Judaism

    April 2, 2014 | 12:51 pm

    Disclaimer: Having only seen the movie, I won’t speak about the other two books of the trilogy. This article contains spoilers.

    Picture a society that subdivides its members into factions, each of which has a unique virtue, and then enforces a separation of those groups so strict...

  • Letters to the Editor: Hillel serves up diverse buffet and Orthodoxy dividing the community

    October 30, 2013 | 12:25 pm

    Hillel Buffet Serves Up a Diverse Menu

    Hillel at UCLA enjoys a good relationship with the local Chabad (“Sharing the Next Gen — Hillel and Chabad on Campus,” Oct. 25). The unconditional love they exhibit is indeed laudable, and it is true that Chabad’s free Friday night dinners...

  • This week in power: Obama plans, Egypt movie ban, Brooks column, SXSW

    By Danny Groner

    March 14, 2013 | 3:36 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Obama's coming
    "What should Barack Obama, who is to visit Israel next Wednesday for the first time in his presidency, do about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?" asked Rashid Khalidi...

  • Ruth Calderon - Mother of Redemption?

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    February 26, 2013 | 10:56 pm

     Dr. Ruth Calderon’s Knesset speech has created more buzz around the Jewish world than any speech like it in the history of the State of Israel. Probably because nothing remotely like it has ever happened before. The unexpected, unprecedented, yet incredibly moving sight of a...

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

    February 12, 2013 | 6:39 am


    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....

  • 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...

  • In Israeli military, a growing Orthodoxy

    March 5, 2012 | 10:56 am

    Roni Daniel saw the writing on the wall in a toilet.

    A former infantry commander who fought in three Middle East wars and now the dean of Israeli defense correspondents, Daniel recently visited military headquarters in Tel Aviv. There, a urinal that uses a motion detector to clean...

  • 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...

  • Guest Post by Rabbi Seth Winberg Defending Rabbi Dov Linzer’s New York Times Op Ed

    February 13, 2012 | 8:41 pm

    Note from Asher Lopatin: Some of the arguments in this article parallel my own arguments challenging Rabbi Shaul Magid’s ideas regarding specific laws in the Jewish tradition.

    Guest post from Seth Winberg who received rabbinic ordination at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, and an M.A. from...

  • The Religious Cost of Rejecting Feminism’s Core Moral Claim

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    January 29, 2012 | 7:04 pm

    Rav Moshe Feinstein was never known as a feminist. But he both understood and accepted feminism’s core moral claim.

    In a remarkable 1976 responsum he wrote bluntly about what he perceived to be the effort to extend the women’s liberation movement from the political and social...

  • The religious impetus for a sovereign Kosovo

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 18, 2008 | 11:25 am

    I’ve been looking for some discussion of the religious motivations behind the new nation of Kosovo but have been disappointed to see it left out of most media coverage. In fact, the headline for today’s frontpager in the LA Times was “Kosovo takes a big leap of faith,” but only...

  • Books: A heretic with fries on the side

    By David Kaufmann

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Foreskin's Lament," by Shalom Auslander (Riverhead, $24.95).

    Consider the poor foreskin: an object of desire for a few, a matter of indifference for many and anathema to the Jews. Like bacon and lobster, it serves as the very definition of treif. Its rejection is the primordial...

  • Hindu widows, remembering Marcy, Conservatives are dishy, Oh! Happy Day!

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Our Jewish Spinsters

    Rob Eshman's piece, "Our Hindu Widows" is literally unbelievable (Aug. 10). I am a marriage-minded 52-year-old SJM. I have never been married and want to find my match and start a family. The only really practical advice I have ever heard is "Buy a mansion in...
  • Back to Center for YU?

    By Gary Rosenblatt

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Will Richard Joel -- elected Dec. 5 as Yeshiva University's (YU) new president -- redirect the flagship institution of modern Orthodoxy from its rightward move of the past several decades back toward the center?

    That's a question being asked in the halls of YU and throughout the...

  • Continental Divide

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Lawrence Goldmark experienced something of an epiphany last month in North Carolina, a continent away from his Southern California home. It was a spiritual journey he shared with a large group of his fellow Reform rabbis.

    The rest of the Jewish community will feel the journey's...

  • A Gentler Orthodox Feminism

    By Elicia Brown

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Where others saw three Orthodox women in groundbreaking careers and stylish hats, Rachel Pollack, 17, perceived something more. She had found role models.

    "This is something I might want to pursue," said the bright-eyed Ramaz senior after sitting through a session with the world's...

  • A Battle With No Winners

    October 21, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The High Holy Day period that just ended is, for most Jews, a time of solitary reflection, aptly called the Days of Awe for its mood of confrontation with the Eternal. For some of us, though, it's also a season for family togetherness, a cozy time to snuggle up with the ones you love...
  • Los Angeles 5758Making the Tough Sell

    By Julie G Fax

    March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    There was noquestion: Of the three rabbis sitting up on the dais at UCLA Hillel,Rabbi Shlomo Riskin had the toughest sell. After all, audiences whocome to hear panels on pluralism usually bristle at Orthodoxy'sseeming exclusivity.

    But, true to self, Riskin didn't let theanticipation...

  • Other Voices

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The evening following the final session of theSecond International Conference on Feminism and Orthodoxy, I attendeda small family dinner and celebrated the wedding of a SatmarChassidic couple. Among the guests were men with long curledpayot (it'spronounced "payyes" there), and some...