Imagine discussing Torah and the finer points of theology near the top of the world as the day fades away into an 11 p.m. sunset. Imagine bestowing a Hebrew name on a teenager — or an adult — who doesn’t speak a word of English, but who has traveled up to 27 hours by train to...
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New York’s state budget includes tuition grants for college students attending some private religious institutions, including Orthodox rabbinical schools.
The money is available as part of the state’s Tuition Assistance Program, under which any theological student who meets certain...
June 5, 2008 | 2:21 pmWhen I think of Torah, the first thing that comes to mind is a divine, rigorous system of laws that guides an ethical and holy way of life.
The last thing I think about is whimsy and romance.
Yet, over the past few weeks, as part of the B'nai David-Judea Congregation, I have...
January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pmPluralistic Rabbinical Court Seeks New Funding
The Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din of Southern California, a local pluralistic religious court dealing with conversions, went on hiatus Jan. 1 due to lack of funding.
The beit din was founded in 2002 by George Caplan, in memory of...
March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm
Almost 10 years ago to the day, I was interviewing at Adat Ari El for the position of assistant rabbi. The parsha on which I had to speak was Terumah. I wondered if there was any chance I would get the job.
Let me explain.
Some Torah portions lend themselves very easily to sermons....