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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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