Why We Need To Redefine ‘Orthodoxy’

Looking to the right for legitimacy is a loser's game for traditional Judaism.

02/10/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Never let the competition define you. Never peg your own identity to a rival. Never allow the other side to dictate your character and never abdicate your own individuality and uniqueness.

Orthodoxy is still moving to the right, the author writes. Fotolia

Jewish School Enrollment Up 12 Percent, Fueled By Haredi Orthodox Growth

11/02/2014 - 19:00

Jewish day school enrollment in the United States is up 12 percent from five years ago, primarily due to growth in haredi Orthodox schools.

New Shabbos App Creates Uproar Among Orthodox Circles

Developers claim app will eliminate problems the iPhone poses on Shabbat, but rabbis don't buy it.

10/01/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Don’t want to give up your iPhone on Shabbat? There’s an app for that.

Screen shot from Shabbos App's draft Kickstarter page. Via shabbosapp.com

My Feminist Struggles With Yom Kippur

09/30/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

“I always say I’m sorry when I’ve hurt someone,” a man told me proudly in a recent conversation, a reflection that seemed appropriate in advance of Yom Kippur, which is so focused on repentance. “It’s the most important thing,” he said, looking me squarely in the eye with a mixture of impassioned education and nuanced reprimand. He is right, of course. And this is the season, I suppose, for all that — for remorse, apologies and open hearts. There is something beautiful and tender about all this, as members of the Jewish community engage in genuine and sincere introspection.

Elana Maryles Sztokman

Orthodox Abuse Issue Figures In Investigation

E-mails show ex-Brooklyn DA, judge colluding on campaign matters; criminal charges possible.

06/02/2014 - 20:00

A newspaper editorial in 2012 critical of then-Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes for failing to properly prosecute fervently Orthodox Jews for sex abuse prompted an angry e-mail from Hynes.

Charles Hynes. Wikimedia Commons

Twelve Topics: Start An Orthodox Conversation About LGBT Jews

05/04/2014 - 20:00

We are a group of many dozens of observant, Orthodox families from across the United States, including Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Story of the Year: Pew Study Rocks Community

12/30/2013 - 19:00

“The centre cannot hold,” Yeats wrote ominously in “The Second Coming,” in the wake of the First World War. That sentiment, applied to the fast-morphing demographics of the Jewish community, may be the chief metaphor of 2013. It’s certainly the takeaway from the Pew Research Center’s endlessly-talked-about survey of American Jewry, released in October.

Pew Study found that 22 percent of Jews now say they have no religion. Courtesy of Pew Research Center

The Year Inclusiveness Prevailed

Forget the Pew naysayers: A new, big-tent kind of Jewish community is being forged.

12/29/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The year gone by was a very good one for the Jewish people — and an even better one for the Jewish Message.

Joshua Hammerman

After Holiday Tragedy, Florida Rabbis Work To Cut Traffic Deaths

10/22/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Following the death of an Orthodox Jewish woman who was killed while crossing a busy Jacksonville road on Yom Kippur, a group of rabbis met this week with a Florida Department of Transportation engineer to prevent a recurrence, the Florida Times-Union reported.

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