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May a Woman Lead Selichot and the Recital of God’s 13 Principles of Mercy?

Posted on September 23, 2016

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שליחת ציבור לאמירת סליחות וקריאת שלוש עשרה מידות

ראש ישיבתנו, הרה”ג ר’ דוב לינזר שליט”א, נשאל לאחרונה אם מותר לנשים לשמש כשליחות ציבור לאמירת סליחות ושלוש עשרה מידות, ובתשובה מפורטת ביאר דעתו לאיסור. אבל אנכי לא כן עמדי.… Read the rest

London’s Muslim mayor is checking out Rahm Emanuel’s shul this Shabbat

Posted on September 20, 2016

London’s first Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, will be synagogue hopping in Chicago this weekend at our musmach Rav David Wolkenfeld’s shul, and Rav Asher Lopatin’s former shul.… Read the rest

To Sit In Judgement

Posted on September 9, 2016

Rabbi Avram Mlotek ’15 beautifully discusses his recent encounter with our justice system and how similar we actually are to one another in the Jewish Week.Read the rest

How To Overcome the War Within: Lessons from Adaptation, Oscar Wilde, and the Sages of the Talmud

Posted on September 8, 2016

Rabbi Daniel Goodman’16 discusses modern films, Victorian literature, and Jewish sages illustrate a religiously grounded, morally mature approach to the classic internal conflict identified by great thinkers from Plato to Freud.… Read the rest

Keeping UCLA a place of thriving Jewish life and pro-Israel activism

Posted on September 8, 2016

There’s a campus where Israel is celebrated and Jews thrive. It’s a place where Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns have been defeated 15 times since 2002 and where 80 percent of the most recent student body presidents have been committed Jews.  … Read the rest

Quality versus Quantity: Rethinking Jewish Engagement

Posted on September 7, 2016

Read Rabbi Jon Leener ’16 fantastic article in eJewish Philanthropy about how he wrestles “with the tension of quality and quantity as a young rabbi…”


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IRF Mourns the Passing of Rabbi Shear Yashuv Hacohen

Posted on September 6, 2016

The International Rabbinic Fellowship together with the whole house of Israel, mourns the passing of Rabbi Shear Yashuv Hacohen zt”l, Chief Rabbi of Haifa, and a leading rabbinic scholar and voice of religious Zionism. A scion to a long line of rabbis and an illustrious family, as a son to the Nazir, R.… Read the rest

Rabbi Lopatin attends Ambassador Son’s Bar Mitzvah at Ancestors’ Prague Synagogue

Posted on August 30, 2016

The U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Andrew H. Schapiro, celebrated his son’s bar mitzvah in the same synagogue that his ancestors attended before the Holocaust with Rabbi Asher Lopatin. Read about the celebration.Read the rest

Are We Mourning and How? Heard Round WexWorld: Tisha B’Av

Posted on August 11, 2016

Rabbi Asher Lopatin is featured on the Wexner Foundations blog where they asked several from within their network to comment on whether they were observing Tisha b’Av and, if so, how and why. Read their thoughts and insights.Read the rest

YCT Rabbinical student learns to make social justice a reality

Posted on August 9, 2016

Rachmiel Gurwitz ’17 is featured in the Times of Israel Article “Rabbinical Students Learn to Make Social Justice a Reality” for his work with T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights and the Damayan Migrants Association.

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