Orthodox

An Obesity Problem In The Orthodox Community?

04/24/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

It is beautiful how much emphasis there is on Shabbat and holiday celebration in American Orthodoxy. However, the celebration of the values of health and exercise are sorely lacking in the community. Parents often do not stress health and exercise for their children, and day schools fall short on creating rigorous health programs. Happily, religious celebration need not compromise our commitment to health.  

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz is president of Uri L’Tzedek and director of Jewish Life & Senior Jewish Educator at UCLA Hillel.

YU Special Report: More Options: Secular And ‘Yeshivish’

03/26/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

At the University of Maryland, home to one of the country’s largest Jewish student populations, tensions among the denominations can arise. Yet Jason Felder, president of the Orthodox student group, managed to bring folks together, and on an ordinary Saturday night, no less.

Under Felder’s leadership, the group, Kedma, rented out part of the university’s gym and invited the entire community out to play.

J'Accuse! Robert Alter on Nathan Englander, a New Literary Feud

When I saw that the new issue of The New Republic had Robert Alter reviewing a new work by Nathan Englander, I instinctively thought it’d be of Englander’s new translation of the Passover Haggadah.  Given that Alter is a widely admired translator of the Hebrew Bible, it was only natural for me to assume as much. 

Haredi Children Report Attacks By Secular Jews

01/03/2012 - 19:00

Two haredi Orthodox children say they were attacked in Jerusalem by non-Orthodox Jews in recent days.

An 11-year-old haredi Orthodox boy filed a complaint with Jerusalem police Tuesday alleging that two non-Orthodox teens attacked him and shouted at him at a bus stop in Jerusalem, and tried to prevent him from getting on the bus because he is haredi Orthodox.

On Sunday, a haredi-Orthodox girl, 11, told police that a non-Orthodox bus passenger on a Jerusalem bus spit at her and pushed her, saying "We will destroy the haredim."

Orthodox Rabbinic Group Won’t Take Position On Reparative Therapy For Gays

12/26/2011 - 19:00

The Rabbinical Council of America said it will not take a position on so-called reparative therapy for gays.

In a statement released Monday, the RCA, the main umbrella group of centrist Orthodox rabbis, said it will neither “endorse nor reject any therapy or method that is intended to assist those ... struggling with same-sex attraction.” It further affirms that any therapy should be performed only by licensed practitioners.

RCA President Rabbi Schmuel Goldin told JTA that the statement did not represent a shift in the group's position.

Orthodox Mental Health Workers Seen Changing On Homosexuality

Founder of gay Orthodox support group attends Nefesh conference while ‘reparative therapy’ group is absent.
12/05/2011 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The founder of a support group for gay Orthodox youth participated last weekend in a conference hosted by the community’s association of mental health professionals, the only such advocate ever to do so.

JQY at its annual Pride Picnic earlier this year.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Nathan Englander

In February, Nathan Englander's much awaited short story collection will be released.  But this week, The New Yorker gets privileged access, publishing a new short story titled "What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank."  That's also the title of the upcoming collection, and if the story is any indication of what's in store, readers are in for a major treat.  The story had me riveted, not least because of the communal Jewish d

FaceGlat May Be a More Modest Facebook But It's Not Hacker-Proof

FaceGlat, the ultra-Orthodox social networking site, is an attempt to offer Haredi Jews the experience of Facebook without all the immodesty. From the opening page it reminds one of public restrooms with a sign for men to enter through one door and women to enter through their own door. FaceGlat's name is a mashup of Facebook and glatt, the term for kosher meat considered to be a higher standard of kosher because of the source animal's smooth lungs.

The ultra-Orthodox version of Facebook gets hacked by Palestinian hackers from Jordan for the second time.

Rabbis and Rubble: Talmudic Responses to Sept. 11

Like most of you, I've been overwhelmed with 9/11 coverage the last few days.  But I couldn't resist posting this sharp review of a recent book of Orthodox rabbinical responses to the tragedy.  Based on the reviews, it gives a revealing look at how Orthodox Jews, from haredim to Modern's, have addressed both the deeper theological meanings of the attacks, as well as practical halakhic concerns.

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