Orthodox Judaism

Ezra Furman — A Gender-Bending, Genre-Crossing, Observant Jewish Rocker — Is The Next Big Thing

04/25/2016 - 12:27

Ezra Furman is an acclaimed indie rocker who, while hanging on his tour bus, has been known to lay tefillin.

Ezra Furman wraps tefillin and reads Jewish philosophers while on tour. JTA

The Orthodox Community Must Embrace Its Gay Children

08/24/2015 - 20:00

The horrifying stabbings and murder of Shira Banki at the recent Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem are in no way representative of the Orthodox Judaism I live and breathe.  Yet, that horrifying incident should give all of us in the Modern Orthodox community pause, and cause, to rethink the stance we take, and the message we send about homosexuality and LGBT Jews. It calls for a fundamental change in the way we interact with these men and women of our community— our children, our siblings, our congregants.  We must do it because it is right. And we must do it because the alternative to such a change has become too great to bear.

Chasidic Duo Touts Kosher Product In Pitch For Pot Permit

Company applying for medical marijuana license distinguishes itself by promising glatt grass.

06/24/2015 - 20:00
Special Correspondent

New York Growing Partners, a company that is vying for one of five licenses to manufacture and distribute medical marijuana in New York State, is appealing to government officials with the pitch that it will be producing a kosher product, according to documents obtained by the Jewish Week through a Freedom of Information request.

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American Jewish Coalition Wants To Break Israel’s Chief Rabbinate Monopoly

01/04/2015 - 19:00

A broad coalition of American Jews last month formed the Jewish Religious Equality Coalition — or J-REC — to pressure Israel to diminish the role of Orthodox rabbis who control so much of Jewish life in Israel.

Misguided Rabbinical Priorities

12/07/2011 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Nowadays Orthodoxy is all about sex. Immodesty, promiscuity, homosexuality: the public discourse of the Orthodox Jewish world seems disproportionately to take place in the bedroom, the dressing room, and the closet.

Rabbi Mordechai Rackover is associate university chaplain for the Jewish community of Brown University. Twitter: @mrackover

Rabbi Files Lawsuit Against D.C. Elections Board

05/30/2011 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- An Orthodox rabbi in Washington and two of his congregants have filed a class-action suit against the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics.

The complaint, filed May 27, claims that the board placed an unconstitutional burden on observant Jews by scheduling a special election on the last day of Passover this year.

Hillary’s Missing Picture: We Didn’t Do it

05/09/2011 - 20:00

Here’s a news flash: The Jewish Week does not edit out images of women in its print edition or on its website. Not even Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

More on the Case of the Missing Hillary

Reading the comments and emails on Rabbi Jason Miller's Jewish Week  blog about the Yiddish-language newspaper that Photoshopped out Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and White House terrorism official Audrey Tomason from an official photo, I've been struck with how many readers, choking on outrage, seemed to blame the Jewish Week.

How could we do it, many fumed?  We should be ashamed.

Sarah Fainberg Interviews Rabba Sara Hurwitz

 The first video in a new season for Faith Complex, produced by Georgetown University's Program for Jewish Civilization.

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