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For Those Who Cannot Fast, Yom Kippur Should Still be Meaningful

Posted on September 24, 2020

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

White Oak Pond, Women and Tehillim: Staying Connected During COVID

Posted on August 26, 2020

By Miriam Schachter, LCSW for The Times of Israel

On March 12th, my husband and I left New York, and drove to our own personal slice of Gan Eden, on White Oak Pond, in Holderness, New Hampshire. We are deeply attached to this part of the world, as we’ve  been spending summers here for more than 40 years. We… Read the rest

With Real-time Closed Captioning, YCT Breaks Down Barriers and Shares Torah to a Wider Audience

Posted on August 19, 2020

By Rabbi Yonah Berman for eJewish Philanthropy

I recently spearheaded an online adult education program called Changemakers. This program brought together 30 Orthodox synagogues across North America to share in a four-part Zoom lecture series under the auspices of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, where I am the Director of Alumni Engagement and Chair of Professional Rabbinics.… Read the rest

Why Isn’t Climate Change a Bigger Issue for the Orthodox?

Posted on August 7, 2020

By Haggai Resnikoff for The Jewish Forward

Why have Orthodox Jews been so slow to commit to the struggle against climate change? The Pope and the Islamic Society of North America have spoken up about it. In January, Renewal Rabbi Arthur Waskow’s Shalom Center issued a statement with more than 500 rabbinic signees, and this spring, Reform Rabbi Jennie Rosenn launched Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action, a new Jewish non-profit devoted solely to mobilizing the American Jewish community to confront the climate crisis.… Read the rest

It’s Time for a Revolution in Halakhic Rulings

Posted on July 28, 2020

By Rabbi Dov Linzer for The Jewish Forward

The realities of quarantine and sheltering-in-place during these last few months have created challenges for the halakhically-observant community. Halakhic decisors have issued their rulings, responding appropriately and sympathetically to these unprecedented realities.

What has largely been absent, however, is a serious engagement with the person asking the question; sympathetic psak is not the same as collaborative or empowering psak.… Read the rest

To My Fellow Orthodox Jews: Don’t Open Shuls Until You Can Open Them to Women

Posted on May 26, 2020

By Rabbi Dov Linzer for The Jewish Forward

After two months of heavy restrictions on New Yorkers’ comings and goings, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that religious gatherings of up to ten people will now be permitted. My ears, like those of many religious Jews, perked up at the number ten.… Read the rest

YCT Creates Coronavirus-Focused Passover 2020 Supplement

Posted on April 8, 2020

In collaboration with Yeshivat Maharat and the International Rabbinic Fellowship (IRF), YCT has created a collection of Passover 2020 readings with an emphasis on the coronavirus and its impact on the holiday this year. Access the readings here. … Read the rest

International Rabbinic Fellowship Shares Its Passover 5780 Guide

Posted on April 7, 2020

Yeshivat Chovevei Torah’s International Rabbinic Fellowship (IRF) shared its guide for Passover 5780. The comprehensive guide includes: how to clean and kasher prior to Pesach; a shopping guide; instructions for leading a Seder; and information about loneliness and mental health. To access the guide in PDF format, click here.Read the rest

Open Doors

Posted on January 30, 2020

By Rabbi Avram Mlotek for Tablet Magazine 

His door was unlocked. Two weeks prior, a man took advantage of this basic act of radical kindness when Grafton Thomas burst through Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg’s home in Monsey, N.Y., slashing at people with an 18-inch machete, leaving one man in critical condition.… Read the rest

The Silence Between Us – What we’re missing in the #MeToo/#GamAni Movement

Posted on January 30, 2020  

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By Rabbi Andy Kastner, ’10

At a recent committee meeting, the topic of pregnancy came up. It was shared that a community member was expecting another child. A few men in the room were the first (and only) to comment on this news.… Read the rest