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

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    3 weeks ago

    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...

  • With resolution against hiring women rabbis, RCA votes for confrontation

    November 3, 2015 | 9:19 am

    When America’s main Modern Orthodox rabbinical association voted last week to ban the hiring of clergywomen by its members, the question wasn’t whether to endorse female rabbis.

    It was whether to widen the group’s well-established repudiation of female clergy or keep quiet and...

  • Rabbinical Council of America officially bans ordination and hiring of women rabbis

    November 2, 2015 | 11:15 am

    The Rabbinical Council of America, the main modern Orthodox rabbinical group, formally adopted a policy prohibiting the ordination or hiring of women rabbis.

    The policy announced Friday by the RCA came after a direct vote of its membership, according to the organization.

    The ...

  • 10 revealing facts about Orthodox Jewish converts

    By Harrison Ornest-Leslie

    July 7, 2015 | 1:41 pm

    There’s some tantalizingly interesting material in the final report of a committee charged with reviewing the way the Rabbinical Council of America, the country’s main Orthodox rabbinical association, deals with conversion.

    Much comes from a survey of 439 Orthodox converts that...

  • For prospective Orthodox converts, process marked by fear and uncertainty

    October 28, 2014 | 1:06 pm

    Tzipporah Laura LaFianza and her family have been living as Orthodox Jews for four years now. They reside in a heavily Jewish suburb of Washington, go to shul every Shabbat and keep a strictly kosher kitchen.

    But they’re not Jewish — yet.

    A prospective Orthodox convert,...

  • Agunah crowd shouldn’t target families

    December 16, 2013 | 10:47 am

    The preeminent sacred cow to many Jews is compassion for agunot (“chained” women whose husbands withhold a Jewish bill of divorce, or “Get”). But enough already: the Internet crowd attacking Avrohom Meir Weiss in his divorce from Gital Dodelson is becoming as heartless and...

  • A more modern view of homosexuality

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    December 5, 2012 | 10:29 am

    The American Modern Orthodox community has just entered uncharted territory. Last week, our largest rabbinic organization, the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) formally withdrew its support of JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality). JONAH has long been the...

  • Jews asked to pray for end to Iranian nuclear threat

    September 24, 2012 | 11:43 am

    Jews are being urged to pray during Yom Kippur services for an end to the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.

    The Orthodox Union and the Rabbinical Council of America are asking their congregations to dedicate time during their High Holy Days services despite the fact that “Yom...

  • Rabbi Basil Herring is out as RCA head

    June 29, 2011 | 12:00 pm

    Rabbi Basil Herring is leaving his position as head of the Rabbinical Council of America.

    Herring has served as executive vice president of the RCA, the umbrella organization for nearly 1,000 Orthodox rabbis in 14 countries, since 2003.

    RCA President Rabbi Shmuel Goldin of Ahavath...