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Religion & Philosophy

  • Pure commitment to Torah

    By jwadmin on February 19, 2018
    By MORDECHAI LEWIS  “You shall command the Children of Israel that they shall bring to you pure olive oil, that is pressed to… light a candle continuously.” Why did the olive oil have to be pressed? Rashi says, “Only oil for lighting had to be pressed rather than ground because this oil had to be absolutely pure, without olive particles […]
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  • The civil conversations project

    By jwadmin on February 7, 2018
    Sarah Bassin and Abdullah Antepli — Holy Envy February 1, 2018 The tensions of our time are well-known. But there are stories that are not being told, because they are not violent and not shouting to be heard. One of them is that all over this country, synagogues and mosques, Muslims and Jews, have been coming to know one another. […]
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  • What really happened at the original Trefa Banquet

    By jwadmin on January 17, 2018
    By JONATHAN D. SARNA BOSTON (JTA) – In an article written for J: The Jewish News of Northern California and republished by JTA, David A.M. Wilensky describes with gusto the supposedly mouthwatering delicacies, including Peanut Butter Pie with Bacon and Pulled Pork Potato Kugel, consumed this month by “rabbis and foodies” at the Trefa Banquet 2.0 in San Francisco —complete with a communal […]
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  • After Rubashkin, Orthodox Jews should be working to create sentencing reform

    By jwadmin on January 13, 2018
    By ADENA BERKOWITZ NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – President Trump’s decision to commute the prison sentence of Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin, the kosher slaughterhouse executive who served eight years in prison on bank fraud and money laundering charges, resulted in a vigorous communal discussion, especially within the Orthodox community. There was a great deal of relief among those who felt his original sentence […]
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  • How do you define anti-Semitism? It’s complicated.

    By jwadmin on January 3, 2018
    By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL NEW YORK CITY (JTA)As I wrote soon after the arrest of Michael Kadar, the Israeli-American teenager accused of making hundreds of bomb threats against Jewish community centers in early 2017 : “[T]he JCC bomb threat hoax wasn’t just an isolated swastika daubing — it was an ongoing story affecting Jewish institutions in nearly every American Jewish community. It shaped a communal […]
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  • This rabbinical student is explaining Judaism to Muslims—in Arabic

    By jwadmin on January 3, 2018
    By BEN SALES NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Is it true that Judaism doesn’t accept converts? Is it true that Jews have to wash their hands before they pray? Is it true that Jews have historically killed their prophets? These are just a few of the questions Elhanan Miller has heard over the years. A fluent Arabic speaker and former Arab […]
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  • Orthodox Union says women don’t need to be rabbis to be leaders

    By jwadmin on October 25, 2017
    By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) – The Orthodox Union is founding its own division to advance women as congregational leaders, as well as to promote Jewish study and communal participation for women in Modern Orthodoxy. The announcement comes nearly nine months after the group, an umbrella association of centrist Orthodox synagogues, issued a ruling banning those synagogues from hiring […]
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  • Why this former Orthodox feminist leader is studying to be a Reform rabbi

    By jwadmin on October 11, 2017
    By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN NEW YORK CITY (JTA)  – As executive director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, Elana Sztokman was a big name in liberal Orthodox circles. But now the 47-year-old, who has published widely on gender in Judaism, turned a new page: She started studying to become a Reform rabbi. Sztokman, who grew up in Brooklyn but now lives in the […]
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  • Hug a chicken and 4 other twists on traditional High Holidays rituals

    By jwadmin on September 20, 2017
    By BEN SALES NEW YORK CITY (JTA)  – Picture services for the High Holidays: A roomful of congregants sitting with heavy books in their laps listening to a rabbi sermonize or a cantor chant is what likely comes to mind. Baking pizza? Embracing a chicken under a tree? Not so much. But those are some of the things that some Jewish […]
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  • How the High Holidays snapped me out of my mom boredom!

    By jwadmin on September 20, 2017
    By DASEE BERKOWITZ (Kveller via JTA) – A few nights ago, when I was cleaning up the kitchen after supper, it struck me. I’m really bored as a parent. I have the efficiency thing down pat. A food schedule for each night of the week. The ease of an afternoon spent with our three kids — snack, followed by craft, […]
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