Back In The Saddle…

09/08/2016 - 15:40

For as long as I’ve been a practicing rabbi, I’ve taken most of my vacation time in the month of August. Most rabbis—by far the majority—vacation in July, feeling that August is too close to the Holidays. It makes them anxious to be away then. I’m exactly the opposite. I’m all for preparing, but since July is customarily a very slow month work-wise, I’ve never quite understood why to take vacation then. I’d rather “get out of Dodge” when everyone else is getting increasingly antsy about what lies ahead!

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

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)

Senior Paris Rabbi Defends Controversial Burkini Ban

08/23/2016 - 11:07

(JTA) — A senior Paris rabbi defended a string of controversial municipal bans in France on wearing the full-body swimsuit known as a burkini in public.

A Moroccan woman wearing a 'burkini' at the beach near Rabat. Getty Images

Yitzhak Rabin’s Son Warns Donald Trump: Same Kind Of ‘Incitement’ Spurred Murder Of My Father

08/15/2016 - 13:35

(JTA) — The son of slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said Donald Trump’s “ugly” campaign rhetoric is threatening American democracy and creating an atmosphere similar to the one in Israel leading up to his father’s assassination.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaking during the fourth day of the RNC (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Women’s Rabbinic Roles Are Accepted In Israel. Why Not Here?

08/11/2016 - 11:47

Ever since the first exile of the Jewish people in 586 BCE, there have been multiple centers of Jewry. While most elements of Jewish life were centralized during the first temple era, everything changed when the leaders of the Jewish people were exiled to Babylonia.

 Sharon Weiss-Greenberg

Raising Christian Money For Jewish Causes, A Star Rabbi Earns Praise And Scorn

08/09/2016 - 12:01

PARIS (JTA) — The summer drizzle that soaked the French capital did little to dampen Yechiel Eckstein’s enthusiasm as he arrived recently with his wife Joelle at the city’s Great Synagogue for a private tour.

Rabbis Yechiel Eckstein, left, and Moshe Sebbag at the Grand Synagogue of Paris, June 27, 2016. (JTA)

A Five-Point Plan

How we're navigating the conflict over our partnership minyan.

05/27/2014 - 20:00

I live in a town with one Orthodox synagogue. That is not simple if you prefer progressive Orthodoxy. It's sometimes not even simple if you like old-fashioned Modern Orthodoxy. But the community is diverse, our friends are here and we have carved out a liberal outpost for ourselves in "Kol Echad", a partnership minyan. A partnership minyan is a mechitza minyan, with a divider between men's and women's sections; where women read from the Torah; receive aliyot and lead prayers on for selected parts of the service.

Audrey Trachtman

Rabbi’s Role: Speaking Out Or Maintaining Community?

03/04/2014 - 19:00

Frequently, I hear congregants complain that their rabbis are not inspiring or that they never take clear stands on issues of importance. That's why the ongoing discussion about rabbinic independence that has erupted again at B'nai Jeshurun, covered very fairly by The Jewish Week (“B’nai Jeshurun Defections Fuel Debate,” Feb. 28), transcends any single congregation and any one subject. It is a contemporary case study about two issues facing the congregational world:

Rabbi Hayim Herring

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.

Diary Of A Rabbi On An Emergency Mission In Israel: When Your Home Is In Danger, You Come Home

11/25/2012 - 19:00

Day One: Tuesday, Nov. 20                                                                                                    

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