Orthodox Judaism

Orthodox To Press Case On Conversion Bill

01/08/2008 - 19:00
Staff Writer
A group of Orthodox Jews will be leaving Saturday night for Israel to meet with the country’s senior political leaders in a bid to convince them to keep the status quo on conversions. The trip was organized within the last three weeks by the newly formed Orthodox organization Am Echad. Between 60 and 70 lay leaders from across the country are expected to participate, according to one of Am Echad’s leaders, Abraham Biderman.

A Star That Shines For Some

02/15/2007 - 19:00
Staff Writer
As more and more Orthodox Jews moved into the Five Towns in the last two decades, store owners had one choice: close on Shabbat or lose Orthodox customers.

Charges Of Anti-Semitism In Upstate Yeshiva Plan

01/25/2007 - 19:00
Staff Writer
The action this week by the upstate Village of Pomona just north of Monsey to limit the size of college dormitories is evidence of “overt, direct, anti-Semitic discrimination” aimed at a proposed $350 million Orthodox rabbinical college in the village, according to the college’s lawyer. The law adopted Monday night by the village’s trustees, limits the size of college dormitories to 20 percent of the size of the total square footage of the college’s buildings.

Israel Criticism Gets An O-U

11/30/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer
In anticipation of possible Israeli withdrawals from the West Bank, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America voted in Jerusalem last week to empower its leadership to issue statements critical of the Israeli government. The action, taken after much debate, came after what many viewed as the organization's tepid response two years ago to the planned Gaza disengagement.

Costume Jewry

11/28/2002 - 19:00
Associate Editor

In Uncharted Waters

12/10/1998 - 19:00
Associate Editor
Last December, the appointment of women rabbinic interns in two Orthodox synagogues here sparked heated debate about leadership roles for women within Orthodoxy.But a year later, the debate seems to have dropped off the radar screen and the hirings remain a pioneering — if isolated — experiment at the two Modern Orthodox congregations.

Eruv Plan Roils Tony Town In Hamptons

06/03/2008 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The negative e-mails started soon after word spread that the Hampton Synagogue was asking the tony Village of Westhampton Beach for a proclamation permitting it to erect an eruv, or symbolic boundary, around the synagogue.

Feminism And Orthodoxy, The Second Stage

02/12/1998 - 19:00
Staff Writers
Ronnie Becher felt like an anxious hostess this time last year, wondering whether “everyone was going to show up to the party.” But the party — the first International Conference of Feminism and Orthodoxy — succeeded beyond the wildest dreams of Becher and the other organizers, who had modestly predicted a crowd of 400.

A Judicial Affair

07/25/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The law secretary of Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Martin Schoenfeld may be in hot water for dating the secretary of a plaintiff's lawyer who had a case pending before the judge. Nathan Lewin, a defense attorney for the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada, said the court's Jan. 23 ruling against his client in several pre-trial decisions is "suspect" because of that relationship, of which he was not informed until late last month.

Orthodox Women’s Ordination? Even Rabbis Are Split

03/19/2009 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher
 “If a rabbi by definition is a teacher with knowledge, what moral justification is there to prevent women from being rabbis?” That question was posed, in writing, to a panel of five young Orthodox rabbis, graduates of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT), from an audience member on Sunday night at the rabbinical school’s annual dinner, held at the Ramaz Upper School.
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