He’s Confucian, His Expertise Is Judaism

09/21/2016 - 12:11
Staff Writer

The child of a Vietnamese father and Chinese mother, Pan Guang developed an interest in Jews that was strictly personal — one of his childhood playmates in Shanghai some five decades ago was the son of a Jewish family that lived in his apartment building.

Pan Guang, founder of Shanghai’s Jewish Studies center, lectured at CUNY about Jews in China. Wikipedia

Satmar Decree Bars Women From Higher Education

08/24/2016 - 11:01

(JTA) — Hasidic rabbis from the Satmar sect reportedly have issued a decree barring women from pursuing higher education.

Haredi Orthodox men walking along the street in the Stamford Hill area of London, Jan. 17, 2015. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

Connecting Young People To Jewish Wisdom

07/26/2016 - 10:30
Special To The Jewish Week

A huddle of people — some with beards and tallit bags, and others with short skirts and cellphones — slapped the bar mitzvah boy on the back, congratulating him on a job well done. As soon as the beards turned away, the cellphones clandestinely slipped the New Jewish Man checks for $180. The boy — let’s call him Matthew — had mumbled his way through a Torah portion (which he did not understand) well enough to become a Jewish young adult in a synagogue he had been visiting twice a week for the past few months.

Leora Eisenberg

One In Four U.K. Jews Intermarry – In The U.S. It’s One In Two

Concerns over rising intermarriage rates appear to be exaggerated, with the trend in both the UK and the USA remaining stable over the past 20 years.

07/11/2016 - 16:24
Editorial Intern

A new report by a British Jewish research organization that found that the intermarriage rate in the United Kingdom has remained stable in the last three decades — roughly half of the rate in the United States — has reignited the debate surrounding intermarriage.

Comparison of intermarriage rates in the UK and USA

The Three Teachers Who Most Influenced My Rabbinate

05/24/2016 - 17:10

Thirty five years ago this week, I ascended the bima at Congregation Emanuel of the City of New York, and Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk, of blessed memory, placed his hands on my head and ordained me as a rabbi.

Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

Parsha Emor, Responses To Disability And What Must Change

Parsha Emor contains a disturbing mitzvah: those priests who have disabilities are explicitly prohibited from officiating at the Temple. Of course this related to a tiny percentage of a tiny percentage of the population—grown men whose fathers were Kohanim. It was only relevant during Temple times and only with respect to animal sacrifices. So it may be irrelevant. Until the Temple is rebuilt there is no possibility of sacrifice. Even when the Temple is rebuilt it may be that, following Rambam, there will be no sacrifices. So why the geshrei?

Disability Inclusion. Courtesy of Google Images

Moscow Jews Could Teach Us About Joyful Judaism

04/07/2016 - 10:55

Last week I found myself sitting in a hip, subterranean Jewish bar listening to a dynamic young man who founded a successful, international Jewish arts festival. He apologized that his voice was a little weak—not because of an early-spring cold, but because he had just undergone brit milah.

Moscow. Wikimedia Commons

`Mishpatim’ – Judaism Abhors Child Abuse

02/01/2016 - 17:12

Just after the giving of the Law at Sinai, the Torah presents us with an assortment of laws, some criminal, some civil and some purely religious.

Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz

What Are YOU Thankful For?

Editor's Note: In honor of Thanksgiving, we asked our "New Normal" contributors to reflect on the intersection of gratitude and disability. We'd love to hear what you are thankful for in the comments below!

When I thought about the question, what I am grateful/thankful for, the answer came to me very quickly.  I am grateful that my parents, my family and my friends constantly reinforced the notion “to keep trying.”  

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