Bradley Shavit Artson

Breast-Feeding Kosher In Shul

07/15/2005
Staff Writer
To the truly religious, the Torah is like mother's milk: sustaining and nurturing. Many, however, don't believe the sanctuary is a place where mothers and their babies should extend that metaphor into breast-feeding. In their view, the only thing that should be uncovered during services is the Torah scroll. But a new religious opinion passed recently by the Conservative movement's law committee endorses the idea of women discreetly breast-feeding their children in the sanctuary.

A New Consensus For Gays?

12/27/2002
Staff Writer
The job looked like a perfect fit. A Solomon Schechter day school had offered a Judaic studies teaching job to an experienced Conservative rabbi, and had wrapped up negotiations over salary and benefits. Signing the contract was all that was left. But just before signing, the rabbi wanted to make sure the principal knew she was a lesbian. The next day the school's rabbinic authority informed the rabbi that the job offer was being revoked on the basis of that information.

Rabbis And Scandal: Are We Losing Faith?

07/28/2000
Staff Writer
The unsettling reports of rabbis committing crimes against both secular and Jewish law, and against common-sense morality, seem these days to come unrelentingly. Reform Rabbi Fred Neulander from Cherry Hill, N.J., sits in prison awaiting trial for arranging his wife's murder, which happened at the same time he was having an affair. Orthodox Rabbi Baruch Lanner was accused recently in these pages of physically and sexually abusing the young people in his charge in his nearly three decades with the Orthodox Union's National Conference of Synagogue Youth.
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