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  • NJ Orthodox shul announces hire of woman using ‘rabbi’ title

    January 11, 2016 | 3:14 pm

    An Orthodox synagogue in New Jersey has hired Lila Kagedan, the first Yeshivat Maharat graduate to go by the title “rabbi.”

    Mount Freedom Jewish Center, in Randolph, New Jersey, announced in a news release Monday that Kagedan is joining its “spiritual leadership team.” The news...

  • Can Open Orthodoxy help revive Judaism?

    By David Suissa

    November 10, 2015 | 5:20 pm

    There are two ways to look at the controversy raging in the Orthodox world right now over a fledgling movement that calls itself “Open Orthodoxy.” One way is to put the controversy under a microscope and go through all of the arguments and name calling. I will do that, don’t worry....

  • Mayim Bialik: Let Orthodox Jewish women be called ‘rabbi’

    November 6, 2015 | 2:50 pm

    Something is going on in the Jewish world that may be the most important thing to happen in a very long time. In a recent statement, a leading board of Orthodox rabbis reaffirmed that although they encourage many different professional opportunities for learned women, “due to 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...

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  • Year in review: Looking back at 5775

    September 10, 2015 | 11:39 am

    As 5775 winds to a close, here’s a look back on the highs and lows (and everything in between) of the year that was.

    September 2014

    At the annual U.N. General Assembly, President Barack Obama focuses his speech on ISIS; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likens Iran to...

  • Orthodox yeshiva leader arguing for greater privacy in women’s conversions

    October 28, 2014 | 9:51 am

    In the wake of voyeurism allegations against a prominent Orthodox rabbi, the head of an Orthodox yeshiva for women is arguing that male rabbis need not be present for a female convert’s ritual immersion.

    Rabbi Jeffrey Fox, the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Maharat in New York, is...

  • Rabbi Avi Weiss to step down as rabbi of Hebrew Institute of Riverdale

    October 17, 2014 | 10:44 am

    Rabbi Avi Weiss, spiritual leader of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, announced that he will step down as rabbi of the congregation.

    Weiss, who has pushed a religiously progressive agenda, made the announcement Thursday during holiday services. Weiss said his retirement would...

  • Shifting Expectations: Women and Work

    By Rabba Sara Hurwitz

    July 13, 2012 | 10:41 am

    I love eating challah, but until recently, I refused to be a “challah baker.”  The term irrationally evoked an image of a woman chained to her kitchen,  slaving away for the sake of others, with no desire or choice to impact the world.  That is not who I am.  I am an Orthodox...

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