Blu Greenberg

The Vatican Scandal And Us

03/31/2010 - 20:00

The latest reports of the still-widening sex abuse scandal among priests in the Catholic Church are leading closer to Pope Benedict XVI himself, an almost unimaginable predicament for the Vatican.

Sex Abuse Stories You Won't See In The Jewish Week

 The latest reports of the still-widening sex abuse scandal among priests in the Catholic Church are leading closer to the Pope himself, an almost unimaginable predicament for the Vatican.

Rabbi Emanuel Rackman, Agunot Champion, Succumbs

12/04/2008 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Rabbi Emanuel Rackman, a towering figure in the Modern Orthodox community who long before it was fashionable fought for women unable to get Jewish divorces and who was instrumental in founding The Jewish Week, died here Monday. He was 98 and died of natural causes.

Mixed Readings OK'd At Halachic Shul

02/06/2003 - 19:00
Staff Writer
In a first for an Orthodox-in-practice American synagogue, Kehilat Orach Eliezer in Manhattan has voted overwhelmingly to permit both men and women to read from the Torah at the same worship service. And despite synagogue leaders' efforts to make clear that the decision is applicable to their community alone, others say the move could have a far-reaching impact.

Orthodox Shul May Break Taboo

11/07/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer
An Upper West Side congregation, Orthodox in practice, could become the first established synagogue of its kind in the country to allow women to read from and bless the Torah, in a service with men, based on a controversial new interpretation of Jewish law gaining momentum in the observant world. The possible groundbreaking change at Kehilat Orach Eliezer (KOE) is based on a halachic opinion written by Jerusalem Rabbi Mendel Shapiro, who argues that traditional barriers to women’s synagogue Torah reading in the presence of men may no longer be relevant.

‘Taking To The Streets’ For Agunot

02/15/2007 - 19:00
Editor & Publisher
Tova Hartman, a professor of education at Hebrew University specializing in gender studies, seemed to capture the mood of the large audience at the opening plenary of the 10th annual conference of JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, on Sunday morning when she proclaimed: “We don’t have to prove anything to anyone anymore.”
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