Rabbinical Council of America

In Protest, Rabbi Avi Weiss Quits Rabbinical Council Of America

06/29/2015 - 20:00

Rabbi Avi Weiss is quitting the Rabbinical Council of America to protest its failure to admit as members rabbis whose sole ordination is from the rabbinical school he founded.

Weiss leads a vigil and march in New York City in remembrance of the three Israeli boys who were kidnapped and killed. JTA

Mikvahs, Saunas And The Role of Leadership

06/16/2015 - 20:00

Daniel Kahneman, in his book, “Thinking Fast and Slow,” pointed out that self-control requires attentiveness and determination. Most individuals, however, react promptly, even impulsively without taking the time to perform a clear analysis.  Decisions made in haste are often made according to cognitive delusions we all have, two of them are among the most prominent: The Halo Effect and Cognitive Dissonance.

Hamptons Rabbi Blames Expulsion On Mail Snafu

Schneier says RCA must not have received his letter apologizing for his affair, citing bipolar disorder.

06/14/2015 - 20:00

If Rabbi Marc Schneier’s account of his expulsion from the Rabbinical Council of America is to be believed, he owes his ouster to failures of the U.S. Postal Service.

Rabbi Marc Schneier speaking at a benefit for the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding in New York in March 2007. JTA

Freundel-Related Lawsuit Ads RCA As Defendant

12/18/2014 - 19:00

Washington — A lawsuit arising out of allegations of voyeurism at a Washington D.C. ritual bath added the Rabbinical Council of America as a defendant.

Jewish Groups Lend Legal Support To Hijab-Wearing Teen Denied Job

When Abercrombie & Fitch said the head scarf was a no-go, Jewish groups responded.

12/15/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Should an American business be allowed to deny a job to a Muslim teenager who wears a hijab head covering for religious reasons?

Jewish groups lend legal support to Hijab-wearing teen. Getty Images.

Rabbis Condemn N.J. Rabbi Steven Pruzansky’s Anti-Arab Rhetoric

11/25/2014 - 19:00

A growing chorus of Orthodox leaders are speaking out against the anti-Arab rhetoric of a prominent New Jersey rabbi, Steven Pruzansky of Teaneck.

'Several Women' Invited To Join Board Of RCA Beth Din

11/11/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Two weeks after the Rabbinical Council of America appointed a new conversion committee with five women, Dr. Michelle Friedman of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah announced her acceptance to the Beth Din of America’s board of directors.

Chovevei’s Michelle Friedman is now on Beth Din of America’s board of directors.

Rabbi Rebuked For ‘Nazi’ Reference

RCA says Teaneck leader's use of ‘Der Sturmer’ to criticize The Jewish Week ‘crosses the line of decency.’

11/10/2014 - 19:00

The president of the Rabbinical Council of America this week issued a rebuke to a colleague for making comments that appeared to compare The Jewish Week to Der Sturmer, the official and virulently anti-Semitic Nazi newspaper.

Rabbi Leonard Matanky, right, president of the Rabbinical Council of America, and Rabbi Steven Pruzansky.

Environmental Concerns Rooted In Torah

10/07/2014 - 20:00

Gary Rosenblatt expresses frustration about the absence of Jewish education in showing how a
commitment to protecting the environment is rooted in Jewish tradition (“An Inconvenient Truth,” Editor’s column, Sept. 26).

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