SAR Academy

Not A Proud Moment For The RCA In Dealing With The Chief Rabbinate

02/10/2014
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The setting was the annual dinner of the SAR Academy, a leading Modern Orthodox day school in Riverdale, enrolling over 1000 students from homes throughout the tri-state area. SAR’s long-standing school president closed the evening by applauding Rabbi Avi Weiss for his tireless advocacy on behalf of the Jewish people in the face of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel’s efforts to delegitimate him. A standing ovation ensued. For one evening, at least, grass-roots Modern Orthodoxy had spoken out in unequivocal opposition to the senseless and arbitrary actions of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate.

Israel's Chief Rabbinate council, 1959. Wikimedia Commons

For Orthodox Women, ‘Catch-22’ On Tefillin

Ritual a difficult taboo to break, even as other gender norms fall; Yeshivah of Flatbush now debating issue for its students.

02/04/2014
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A debate about whether female students should be allowed to pray wearing tefillin at school — one that straddles feminism and Jewish law — has been sweeping the Modern Orthodox world.

In Conservative shuls, it's now common for women to wear tefillin. But in the Orthodox world, it's still taboo. Courtesy of USCJ

Bags Of Love, Festival Of Lights

12/04/2012
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Some 150 families in the Bronx got a head start on Chanukah this week.

Actually, they used their hands and feet.

Photo By Michael Datikash
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