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

Changing Conservative Judaism

A movement looking to the future finds some rabbinical role models in its own synagogues.

03/03/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

We can complain about the shrinking of the Conservative movement. And we can take pride in Conservative successes of the past. But if what we have been doing until now is not sufficient for the future, what can we change?

Judith Hauptman

The Shivah Video Game is Back

"Russell Stone is a rabbi at a poor synagogue in New York City. He is a devout man with a problem. Membership is way down and he lacks the funds to keep his synagogue open. Things are looking very bleak, and he has grown progressively more cynical and bitter with the passage of time. Just as he is on the verge of packing it all in, he receives some interesting news. A former member of his congregation has died and left the rabbi a significant amount of money. A blessing? Or the start of something far more sinister? Can Rabbi Stone just accept the money and move on? His conscience says no. Step into his shoes as he travels all over Manhattan in his attempt to uncover the truth."

The Shivah video game is a murder mystery featuring a rabbi. Originally released in 2006, it's now available in the App Store.

Forget Newsweek: Nominate A Hot Rabbi

10/22/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Jewrotica.org – a website whose specialty is, well, Jewish erotica – has started a unique ranking of Jewish clergy: it’s looking for “The Hottest Rabbis of 2013.”

Obama Wishes Hundreds Of Rabbis Shana Tovah

09/03/2013 - 20:00

 President Obama reflected on the High Holidays and offered New Year’s greetings in a conference call with nearly 1,000 rabbis.

Behind Autism, God: Parents Talk To Rabbis

As a doctoral candidate in developmental psychology doing research on Jewish parents of children with autism, I have found that many mothers and fathers interpret their child’s diagnosis in relation to God.

Frances Victory

Rabbis, Thank Your Teachers! And Read Telushkin

Me, I’m a simple Yid. A rabbinical school dropout, even: JTS ’99-’00.

I don’t have the text skills of my classmates who finished the program. I don’t pray as fluently as I would like. But I am not entirely without resources, and one of my favorites is Rabbi Joseph Telushkin’s "The Book of Jewish Values: A Day-By-Day Guide to Ethical Living."

For a better world, cite your sources.

When The Teacher Becomes A Student

06/06/2012 - 20:00

As I write this, I am winging my way back from California- Camp Ramah in Ojai, California to be exact- and three days of a rabbinic retreat called "Beit Midrash in the Hills."  The program was sponsored by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, part of the American Jewish University of Los Angeles, in partnership with the Rabbinical Assembly, the professional organization of Conservative rabbis, which I currently serve as president.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

‘I Want To Leave A Written Legacy’

Harlan Wechsler, founding rabbi of the intentionally small Or Zarua, plans for an active retirement.
04/30/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

After a dozen years on the rabbinical staff of a major Manhattan synagogue, Rabbi Harlan Wechsler had no doubt what his first activity would be when he founded his own, smaller, congregation 23 years ago.

Teach a Talmud class.

He chose Sukkah, a tractate about the laws and mechanics of the harvest festival.

 Rabbi Harlan Wechsler.

Experiencing Israel's Majesty Each Day Through New Mobile App Israel365

Like many American rabbis who relocate to Israel on aliyah, Rabbi Naftali "Tuly" Weisz began to look for a way to make a difference in the Holy Land. The 30-something Modern Orthodox rabbi had already made some significant relationships with the Israel-loving Evangelical Christian community in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.
Israel365 combines breathtaking photographs of Israel with inspiring Biblical passages describing the significance of the Holy L
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