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  • Letters to the editor: UC’s dilemma, The Shabbos Project traffic jam, RCA and more

    3 weeks ago

    First Step: Naming the Problem

    Thank you for running the excellent column by professor Judea Pearl (“The UC’s New Dilemma: To Name or Not to Name,” Nov. 6). His comments are perfectly succinct. As a parent of four UC students, current and alumni, we have personally felt the ugly...

  • 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 ...

  • In protest, Rabbi Avi Weiss quits Rabbinical Council of America

    June 29, 2015 | 2:34 pm

    Rabbi Avi Weiss is quitting the Rabbinical Council of America to protest its failure to admit as members rabbis whose sole ordination is from the rabbinical school he founded.

    The RCA, the main association of modern Orthodox rabbis in America, has yet to grant membership to...

  • For some Orthodox converts, biggest challenges come after mikvah

    November 4, 2014 | 10:31 am

    There was the convert who was barred from a synagogue on Yom Kippur, the Jamaican convert whose boyfriend’s rabbi offered him a coveted synagogue honor if only he’d dump her, the grandmother who told her granddaughter she’d be going to hell because she became a Jew.

    The road to...

  • Rabbi in voyeurism case seen as distant and — until now — morally strict

    October 15, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    Rabbi Barry Freundel was known to the Washington Jewish community as a champion of moral rectitude. But on Tuesday, the spiritual leader of Kesher Israel congregation for the past 25 years, was charged with the most intimate of transgressions: voyeurism.

    Freundel, 62, was taken...

  • 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...

  • 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...