Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

In Israel, Women Get Smicha, Prompting RCA To Reaffirm Its Ban

Orthodox feminists respond with 1,000 signatures on petition supporting leadership roles for women.

11/02/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The Rabbinical Council of America, the largest group of Orthodox rabbis, reaffirmed its position against the ordination of women in a resolution issued on Friday that reiterated nearly identical statements made in 2010 and 2013.

Yeshivat Maharat awards smicha to its graduates in June 2015. Courtesy of Yeshivat Maharat.

A Cry For Jewish Religious Equality In Israel

Even the Modern Orthodox are victims in the kulturkampf waged by Orthodox parties.

07/21/2015 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

The avalanche of controversial events surrounding issues of religion and state in Israel and the attacks on liberal expressions of Judaism — even in Modern Orthodox form — have been unending in recent weeks, and there is no end in immediate sight.  

Rabbi David Ellenson

The Consolation Of ‘The Place’

07/13/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:06 p.m.
Torah: Num. 30:2–36:13
Haftorah: Jeremiah 2:4-28; 3:4; 4:1-2
Havdalah: 9:06 p.m.

What unites Jews throughout the world as one nation and one people? What is the most critical factor responsible for our amazing persistence as a unique historical entity, despite being scattered throughout the globe, subject to persecution and pogrom?

Shlomo Riskin

Efrat’s Riskin: Chief Rabbinate Should Have More Inclusive Outlook

07/06/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Rabbi Shlomo Riskin called on Israel’s Chief Rabbinate to dedicate itself to a more inclusive outlook on Israeli society.

The Riskin Row: Crossroads For Modern Orthodoxy?

07/05/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Consider the following public statements:

“The International Rabbinic Fellowship (IRF), an Orthodox rabbinic organization with over 180 members, is appalled … by media reports that the Chief Rabbinate of Israel is threatening to not renew Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s appointment as Chief Rabbi of Efrat. At a time when American Jewish communities of all denominations are growing increasingly pessimistic about the rigidity and narrowness of the rabbinate and its policies, Rabbi Riskin remains one of the few reasons to be hopeful that a more inclusive and humane approach to halacha is still possible in the State.”

Dov S. Zakheim, left; Steven Bayme

Chief Rabbinate Reportedly Extends Riskin’s Chief Rabbi Term In Efrat

06/28/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s term as chief rabbi of Efrat was extended five years by Israel’s Council of the Chief Rabbinate.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, rabbi of the Jewish settlement of Efrat conducts the Pidyon HaBen ceremony for a 30-day-old first born. JTA

Riskin Standing Firm In Row With Chief Rabbinate

Authority over conversions is source of tension.

05/25/2015 - 20:00

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin said that, should Israel’s Chief Rabbinate attempt to dismiss him as chief rabbi of Efrat, ostensibly because of disagreements over who has authority over Israeli conversions, he would not accept the decision.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin at a recent brit milah ceremony. Via JTA

Love, Intimacy And Paradise Regained

06/09/2014 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:10 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 13:1-15:41            
Haftarah: Joshua 2:1-24
Havdalah: 9:19 p.m.

“And the Lord spoke to Moses saying ‘Send forth for yourself men to explore the land of Canaan…’” [Numbers 13:1-2].

Shlomo Riskin

A Prominent Rabbi’s Take on Jewish-Christian Relations

07/23/2012 - 20:00

WASHINGTON, DC—Rabbi Shlomo Riskin first met Pastor John Hagee when he attended a rabbinic installation in San Antonio, Texas. At the time, Riskin was planning to develop a center for the study of Christian-Jewish relations in Efrat, Israel, where he is now the chief rabbi.

Israel Prize-Winner Disparages Liberal Rabbis

In wake of Israel’s recognition of Reform and Conservative rabbis, Rabbi Chaim Druckman gives them the back of his hand. Exclusive Jewish Week interview.
06/04/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Rabbi Chaim Druckman, this year’s winner of the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement, the country’s highest honor, raised some eyebrows this week with his dismissal of the Israeli government’s decision last week to, for the first time, recognize Conservative and Reform rabbis.

The move, by Israel’s attorney general, not only recognizes them as rabbis but also pays 16 of them who work in rural settings.

Rabbi Chaim Druckman: Says Reform and Conservative rabbis "are not rabbis."
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