Orthodox Judaism

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

01/05/2015

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

12/08/2011
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

05/31/2011

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

05/10/2011
Editorial

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.

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.

Ra’anana Rabbis Condemn Attack on Reform Synagogue

04/18/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Some 14 Orthodox rabbis and public figures from the central Israel city of Ra'anana signed a letter condemning an attack on a Reform synagogue in the city.

Signers of the letter released Sunday include Ra'anana Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Peretz.

The World Union for Progressive Judaism also condemned the April 14 attack, the third time the Raanan Synagogue has been vandalized in the last year.

How Women’s Talmud Study Is Unique

04/12/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

A quiet revolution is taking place in the second generation of women's Torah study. Originally women's Talmud learning was modeled after the male yeshiva: students were detached from the surrounding world and were expected to confine themselves to the Beit Midrash in order to achieve a total absorption into the world of Torah. There was also methodological aping: analyses that required a thumb stirring the air and intellectual hair splitting of the Talmudic topics dominated.

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