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What the Book of Genesis Tells Us About Sexual Harassment and #MeToo

Posted on December 7, 2017

YCT musmakh Rabbi Daniel Goodman (’16) claims that the first book of the Torah has plenty to say about sexual exploitation.

“Bill Cosby. Bill O’Reilly. Harvey Weinstein. Kevin Spacey. Charlie Rose. Matt Lauer. John Conyers. What drives these men to engage in such terrible behavior?… Read the rest

Adult Learning is the Number One Priority for the Jewish Future

Posted on October 16, 2017

YCT musmakh Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (’10) has written a new piece on the importance of Jewish Adult education in eJewish Philanthropy:

“Adult Jewish learning need not be relegated as an afterthought, nor does it have to follow a cookie cutter approach into mediocrity and, ultimately, irrelevance.… Read the rest

Libi B’Mizrach- New IRF Journal on Religious ZIonism

Posted on October 9, 2017

YCT musmakh Rabbi Zach Truboff ’10 has announced the publication of a new IRF Journal, Libi B’Mizrach, a collection of essays and reflections on Religious Zionism. This past year saw two momentous anniversaries in the history of Zionism- fifty years since the Six Day War and one hundred years since the Balfour Declaration.… Read the rest

Supporting and Destigmatizing Those With Mental Illness

Posted on September 14, 2017

The support group, informally called “How You Feeling?” is a grassroots project of Rabbi Avram Mlotek, one of the founders of Base Hillel, home-based communities for Jewish millennials that use a rabbi’s home as a convening point for pluralistic Jewish life.… Read the rest

For Judaism to survive, it has to get out of the shtetl

Posted on August 11, 2017

The South African Jewish Report on YCT musmakh Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz’s recent teaching in the South African Jewish community:

“Love him or shun him, Modern Orthodox Rabbi Dr Shmuly Yanklowitz is an extraordinary human being whose controversial views are a spiritual thorn in the establishment’s side.… Read the rest

YCTorah Launches Audio Catalog

Posted on July 31, 2017

Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School (YCT) announces the launch of the new Audio Catalog as part of the YCTorah Virtual Library, now available at Torahlibrary.org.

The Audio Catalog includes over 500 recordings of lectures by over 100 presenters from YCT’s annual Yemei Iyun beginning in 2007.… Read the rest

The Spiritual Trauma of Taking a Life

Posted on July 17, 2017

Read Rabbi Asher Lopatin’s piece in My Jewish Learning on parasha Matot Masei about how the kosher practice of waiting between meat and dairy reminds us of Moses’ discomfort with violence.… Read the rest

A Blacklisted Diaspora Rabbi Is Pleased To Find Himself In Good Company

Posted on July 11, 2017

Adam Scheier ’04, Rabbi of Leonard Cohen’s Orthodox Montreal synagogue, says the issue is not getting himself off the Israeli Chief Rabbinate’s list, but that there is a list at all.… Read the rest

Statement Regarding Intermarriage

Posted on June 16, 2017

There is a lot of conversation at this time about intermarriage, including a number of recent news reports and articles. Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School states two important points on this matter.

Besides intermarriage being strictly prohibited halakhically, it poses grave danger to Jewish continuity.… Read the rest

Was the Chatam Sofer Really So Fair?

Posted on June 7, 2017

Daniel Geretz ’17 discusses in Times of Israel how as Jews in the 21st century do we reconcile our beliefs with the Chatam Sofer’s statement that “innovation is biblically forbidden” ?… Read the rest

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