Today is August 8, 2022 / /
by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff
Two years ago, when I first began thinking about having a climate conference, my student, now Rabbi Hody Nemes, a climate activist himself, noted to me that he was interested in finding answers to the following questions: Does the halakha (Jewish law) have anything to say about what kind of car he should buy?… Read the rest
By Rabbi Dov Linzer for The Jewish Forward
Yom Kippur is almost upon us. According to Torah law, the Jewish people are mandated to fast the entire day. This can be difficult enough for most people, but particularly so for those with eating disorders.… Read the rest
In the Name of God, Ruler of the Universe
By Rabbi Ysoscher Katz
Our Rosh Yeshivah, Rabbi Dov Linzer (shlita), was recently asked if women are permitted to function as shelichot tzibur (prayer leaders on behalf of the community) for the recital of the selichot (penitential prayers) and God’s 13 Attributes of Mercy.… Read the rest
Training Modern Orthodox rabbis who will be leaders of Klal Yisrael
Building communities that are inclusive and welcoming
Teaching Torah that motivates and inspires
By Joshua Flanders
In Chicago’s large Orthodox Jewish community, Rabbi Ari Hart stands out.
As a leader at Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue in Skokie, Illinois, Hart focuses on the roles of women within their community, inclusion of LGBTQ individuals, and other accessibility issues as simple as welcoming different styles of worship.… Read the rest
Rabbi Jacob Siegel, ’16, Director of Engagement for JLens, an organization that serves as a bridge between the Jewish community and the responsible investing arena, writes:
In a recent court case it was suggested, incorrectly, that Jewish law prevents reporting a fellow Jew to the authorities in cases of wrongdoing – even concerning child abuse. Rabbi Benjamin Elton delves into this topic. http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2016/04/18/4445344.htm… Read the rest
A new, lay organization called PORAT invites individuals to focus on building community by engaging in civil discourse rather than ostracizing. http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/202196/a-more-inclusive-modern-orthodoxy… Read the rest
Rabbi Steven Exler is included in Jewish Week’s 36 under 36. http://www.thejewishweek.com/special-sections/36-under-36/rabbi-steven-exler-36… Read the rest
Interview with Rabbi Scott Kalmikoff (’18)
Rabbi Scott Kalmikoff (’18) is a professional genealogist and Global Connections Education Associate at the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.
How did you first become interested in genealogy?
I was about 15 years old when I first became interested in genealogy.… Read the rest