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  • The meaning of Tisha b'Av in trying times

    1 day ago

    This is not the first time war has ravaged the small slip of land that borders the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the Jordan River to the east. Canaan, Eretz Yisrael, Judea, Syria Palaestina, Bilad al-Sham, British Mandate of Palestine, The State of Israel, whatever its name, it...

  • Immunity and Impunity: Fear and Loathing in Gaza

    6 days ago

    “The terrorists are firing rockets from schools, from mosques, from hospitals, from heavily civilian populations. We have to try and are doing our best to minimize civilian casualties. But we cannot give our attackers immunity or impunity.”– Benyamin Netanyahu, on July 24, 2014
    ...

  • Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks spends a weekend in L.A. envisioning the Jewish future

    By Jared Sichel

    February 26, 2014 | 4:07 pm

    Swiping his finger to the left, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Britain’s now-former chief rabbi, and arguably the world’s most prominent religious Jewish leader, was looking for a text he felt might show how Orthodox Jews can spread a Jewish message to the Western world.

    He wasn’t...

  • Child Labor

    Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman

    December 3, 2013 | 10:40 am

    In the cafeteria a few weeks ago, my fourth-grade daughter's friends were complaining about their lunches. The dessert was missing. The fruit was bruised. The drink was no good.

    Why didn't you pack yourself a better lunch? she asked.

    Incredulous eyes swung to her. They don't...

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  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani talked the talk

    By Michael Berenbaum

    October 3, 2013 | 11:21 am

    As one who has studied a folio of Talmud each day for the last 14 months, I am tempted to present President Hassan Rouhani’s interview with CNN as a text to be studied, dissected point by point, sentence by sentence in talmudic fashion.

    According to the translator hired by the...

  • Glatt or not? Parashat Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17)

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    August 1, 2013 | 11:33 am

    The Torah says that the laws of kashrut separate us from the nations and make us a holy people by precluding us from eating detestable things (Deuteronomy 14:2-3, 21). Inasmuch as kashrut is a defining aspect of Judaism and the Jewish people, it seems worthwhile to look a bit more...

  • New Hillel president: We’re going to be inclusive

    July 16, 2013 | 2:03 pm

    The Talmudic sage Hillel famously disagreed with Shammai, but still respected him and promoted ahavat Yisrael — the love of every Jew. As the incoming president of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, Eric Fingerhut wants to channel the spirit of the organization’s...

  • The Case for Relevant Judaism

    By Beit T'shuvah

    July 10, 2013 | 1:03 pm

    By Matt Shapiro

    In Talmudic discourse, sometimes the phrase “mai nafka minah” comes up; roughly translated, this means, “what goes out from it?” As in, “this conversation is all well and good, but why does it matter?” This phrase came to mind for me in reading Rabbi Shmuly...

  • The Rosner-Golinkin Exchange, Part 1: Can Women Wear Tefillin According to the Talmud?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 24, 2013 | 8:02 am

    Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin is President and Professor of Jewish Law at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. For twenty years he served as Chair of the Va'ad Halakhah (Law Committee) of the Rabbinical Assembly which writes responsa and gives halakhic guidance to...

  • The Power of Language: Cultivating Positive Emotions

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    June 19, 2013 | 8:30 am

    Language affects the heart. When we’re surrounded by others who speak negatively, it can really affect our mood and disposition. Are we aware of how much negative language there is around us?

    A generation ago, psychologist James R. Averill analyzed 558 emotion words with...

  • Drawing new interest to the Talmud

    June 4, 2013 | 12:24 pm

    This story originally appeared on JNS.org.

    Last August, in conjunction with the beginning of a new seven-and-a-half year cycle of “daf yomi”—the daily study of a double page of the Babylonian Talmud that is observed by tens of thousands of Jews worldwide—Nicholls inaugurated an...

  • Should Jews Say Kaddish For A Pet?

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 30, 2013 | 4:09 pm

    It is estimated that there are 70 million dogs in American homes today, in addition to millions of other animals Americans have taken into their hearts like members of their families. These pets are our companions and friends, and though they are not human beings, their...

  • Elul and Jewish pluralism

    By Roberto Loiederman

    May 15, 2013 | 2:14 pm

    A typical study session for Elul, a pluralistic Israel-based beit midrash (house of study), doesn’t confine itself to a discussion of Abraham’s journey in Genesis. It naturally segues into a rabbinical story about the patriarch breaking his father’s idols, followed by a poem by the...

  • Shavuot 2013 - We all stand at Sinai

    By Salvador Litvak

    May 13, 2013 | 11:22 pm

    The sound of the shofar draws near. 48 days ago, G-d took us out of the house of slavery in Egypt. Only one day remains to prepare. G-d will descend onto Mount Sinai on the third day - Wednesday morning. What does it mean to stand as a people in the presence of G-d? Are we standing...
  • Honoring Our Mentors: Rabbi Edward Feinstein

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 26, 2013 | 11:47 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Last night I had the privilege of being with Rabbi Edward Feinstein at a dinner honoring his 20 years of service to and at Valley Beth Shalom Temple in Encino, California. Ed is my best friend and teacher, Rabbi and mentor. We have a special bond and it was...

  • What would Woody Allen do?

    By Tom Tugend

    April 24, 2013 | 11:18 am

    Paris-Manhattan,” whose respective residents consider their city to be the center of the known universe, is the title of an appealing French movie by a first-time feature film director.

    The movie centers around Alice Ovitz, a Jewish pharmacist in Paris, and her worshipful...

  • Becky and Benny in far Rockaway

    April 10, 2013 | 7:43 am

    Near the Atlantic Ocean, past the last subway station,

    Streaks of sand on the sidewalk,

    Armies of aging Jews soaking up sun

    As if it were Talmud,

    And the rickety white stairs

    To an apartment like a frail body.

     

    My uncle and aunt were both warty, like alligators.

    ...
  • Learning how to respond to sin

    April 8, 2013 | 10:10 am

    “For there is not a righteous man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” (Kohellet, 7:20)

    Everyone has their moments of failure, when they transgress. Not necessarily out of malice, but in response to temptation or opportunity or out of fear. Rarely do we see such...

  • I am proud to be Litvish

    By Salvador Litvak

    March 9, 2013 | 9:23 pm

    This is a phenomenal book. Since I began my journey back to Judaism, I have been blessed to learn from so many Chassidic masters that I often joke I'm a Litvak who's not so Litvish. Perhaps I should I've realized I'm pretty Litvish when I "accidentally" encountered the Talmud on...

  • Bezalel - Master Architect of Sacred Space - Parashat Vayakhel-Pekude

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 7, 2013 | 10:51 am

    This week we learn about Bezalel, the man chosen to design and build the Tabernacle that carried the tablets of the law that Moses brought down from Sinai. (Exodus 38:22-39:31)

    On the face of it, these verses describe the matter-of-fact building of a physical edifice. But this...

  • Q&A:  ‘Israel is also the country of the Jewish people, not only of the Israeli people’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 26, 2013 | 8:21 am

    Dr. Ruth Calderon is an Israeli politician and Talmud scholar who was recently sworn into the Israeli parliament as a member of Yair Lapid's 'Yesh Atid' party. Prior to her election, Calderon was a very public figure in the Israeli Jewish education scene, founding the Elul Beit...

  • Judaism’s greatest lesson: Behavior matters most

    By Dennis Prager

    February 13, 2013 | 8:29 am

    If I were asked to identify the greatest Jewish teaching, the most important lesson to be learned from all of Judaism, I would argue that, aside from ethical monotheism, it is that behavior matters more than anything else, and certainly more than feelings.

    As the Talmud tells us,...

  • Jewish Texts in Non-Orthodox Homes

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    January 30, 2013 | 7:00 am

    Rabbi Daniel Gordis recently published in article called, “The Letter that Natanyahu Should, but Won’t, Send,” in response to Rabbi Eric Yoffie’s open letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding recognition of non-Orthodox Jewish denominations.

    He throws out the...

  • Drawing close: Parashat Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27)

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    December 19, 2012 | 2:51 pm

    With his brother Benjamin’s fate hanging in the balance, Yehuda “draws close” to the Egyptian viceroy (whose true identity is not yet known). Yehuda had sworn to his father he would return Benjamin safely to Canaan, but now Benjamin is facing confinement and servitude in Egypt. Why...

  • Bar-Ilan student kicked out of class for not wearing yarmulke

    December 12, 2012 | 9:53 am

    A Bar-Ilan University Talmud professor kicked a male student out of his class for not wearing a yarmulke.

    The incident reportedly occurred last week and later came to light on the Bar-Ilan Facebook page. A complaint posted omn the page over the weekend by a classmate and the...

  • When Reiner met Moses

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 20, 2012 | 3:13 pm

    In the beginning, there was comedy.

    "Have you heard the one about two Jewish ladies sitting around in a restaurant, and the waiter comes up and says, ‘Is there anything all right?’” the multi-hyphenate filmmaker Rob Reiner asks the moment we sit down in a glass-enclosed cove...

  • Day 85 - Why I’m Reading the Whole Talmud… Again

    By Salvador Litvak

    November 8, 2012 | 8:01 am

    I have been struggling to write a post since I came down from the Mt. Sinai-like high of the Siyum HaShas at MetLife Stadium, when we completed the seven and a half year cycle of reading the Talmud (click here for my Jewish Journal cover story about that experience).

    I have kept...

  • Election roundup: Jewish souls, Jewish rabbis, Jewish vote, Jewish legislators

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 4, 2012 | 11:13 am

    Talmudic souls

    You've got to love this Alan Solow quote:‎

    Alan Solow, a longtime friend of the president from Chicago who recently served ‎as chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish ‎Organizations, took a more personal tack in selling “the first Jewish...

  • How to bring religion into politics

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    August 15, 2012 | 12:59 pm

    For nearly two millennia politics was poison for the Jewish people.  The principle aim in understanding the machinations of power was to make oppression less onerous.  Great swaths of tradition that spoke to the exercise of power lay mostly unexplored.  Today there is a resurgence of...

  • Climbing mount Talmud

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 8, 2012 | 12:20 pm

    It is a commitment like few others. Seven and a half years of daily study — every day, no time off, no vacations, no holiday breaks, in sickness and health, at home and while traveling. Started almost 80 years ago, by a rabbi named Meir Shapiro, the study of the Daf Yomi —...

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