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Rabbis Honored For Applying Jewish Law To Modern Life

05/12/2014
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Jerusalem — Four leading rabbis will be honored for their work in applying halachah, or Jewish law, to modern life. The Katz Award 2014 recipients were announced Sunday.

The Intricacies Of Forbidden Speech

04/09/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:13 p.m.
Torah: Leviticus 12:1-15:33
Haftarah: II Kings 7:3-20
Havdalah: 8:15 p.m.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Technology vs. Shabbat: An Interview with Rabbi Daniel Nevins

E-books became the dominant format for adult fiction in 2011 surpassing hardcover books and paperbacks according to the BookStats annual survey. We are increasingly choosing to read our novels, magazine, newspapers and even children’s books on e-readers and tablets. But is it permissible to do this on the one day of the week that Judaism commands us to unplug?

Rabbi Daniel Nevins answers questions concerning the use of technology on Shabbat.

Can One Sell Chametz Over the Internet?

On the Jewish Techs blog we have looked at the way several Jewish rituals are now performed using the Internet. Not every Jewish ritual can be transferred to the medium of the Internet, but even the question raises some interesting points for discussion.

Selling chametz on the Web has become standard operating procedure. But is it acceptable?

Men Behaving Badly

05/27/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Q - In the wake of recent sex scandals involving Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Time Magazine ran a cover story asking the rhetorical question, "What Makes Powerful Me Act Like Pigs?" Ethically speaking, how does Judaism account for this constant abuse of power by piggish men?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Ethically, Is it Good to Die For Your Country?

05/13/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Q - Every Israeli schoolchild learns the famous quote of a dying hero Joseph Trumpledor, "it is good to die for one's country." The line has always troubled me. Ethically speaking, is it really good to die for your country?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Solitary Confinement: When Solitude is no Longer a Virtue

05/05/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Last week there was a major Congressional briefing on the effects of long-term solitary confinement. Experts demonstrated that prolonged, isolated confinement causes serious psychological damage. Yet most courts and legislatures have been unwilling to declare this harsh practice unconstitutional or to change this nation's current unethical practice. Can anyone hear the cries from the "hole?"

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Breaking Passover: Worse Than Illicit Sex?

04/15/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

 

Q: A friend told me that in Jewish law, breaking Passover is considered as wrong as illicit sex. Can that possibly be true?

A: If you're insinuating that eating a bagel on Passover is akin to forcibly raping someone, exactly what planet do you live on?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Just Thinking About Driving on Shabbat

Previously on the "Jewish Techs" blog, I discussed the technical halachic (Jewish legal) minutae surrounding the permissability of using the Amigo Shabbat Scooter from the Israeli-based Zomet Institute. The Shabbat Scooter is made by Michigan-based Amigo, founded by Allan Thieme, which began making the Jewish Sabbath-approved scooters six years ago.

Will rabbis allow a vehicle controlled by the mind to be used on the Jewish Sabbath?

Invisible People: We Have The Power to Make Them Visible

12/31/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Having moved between countries and cities throughout my childhood, I recall often standing alone at recess feeling as if I was invisible. In a very small way, I feel like I can relate to the hundreds of people feeling the powerlessness of invisibility in a society that does not see them.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz
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