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Modern Orthodox Judaism

Despite Ban, These Orthodox Jewish Clergywomen Are Determined To Serve

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 02.14.2017 | Women

The Orthodox Union, one of the largest networks of Orthodox Jewish synagogues in America, recently adopted a policy that bans women from serving as cl...

Washington D.C. Synagogue Fires Rabbi Accused Of Spying On Women Taking Ritual Bath

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Modern Orthodox synagogue that Rabbi Barry Freundel presided over for 25 years has fired him after he was charged with spying on ...

Prominent D.C. Rabbi Arrested On Voyeurism Charge

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.16.2014 | Religion

Rabbi Barry Freundel, a prominent religious leader and head rabbi at Kesher Israel in Washington D.C., was arrested Tuesday on voyeurism charges. ...

The 90 Day Post-Mortem Mourning Report on Mom

Howard Barbanel | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion
Howard Barbanel

Portrait of my late mother Alice Barbanel as a 21 year-old. I don't know where to put Mom. Not Mom in actuality, but her portrait. Mom passed away ...

Re-teaching the Holocaust: A Call for Intervention in Syria

Aryeh Younger | Posted 10.28.2013 | Home
Aryeh Younger

The indiscriminant killing of civilians in Syria cannot be ignored by the international community any longer. As Americans in our post-Holocaust world, we have the duty to prevent the slaughter of innocents when given the opportunity.

Scuba: In Search of the Sacred

Baruch Sterman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.09.2013 | Religion
Baruch Sterman, Ph.D.

Scuba diving for tekhelet is not just a fortuitous metaphor from a long-ago conversation between office mates, but rather is a prototypical instance of the fruitful integration of disparate areas of experience.

A Jewish Message Of Hope and Courage Following The Boston Marathon Bombing

Avraham Edelstein | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Avraham Edelstein

We need to destroy evil by fighting it but also by modeling the alternative. We need to show the world that ordinary man is capable of being exceptional in his kindness, in his honesty, in his moral and spiritual stature.

The Wall Does Not Belong To Us

Simi Lichtman | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
Simi Lichtman

The media is wild over the Women of the Wall controversy, and it's not hard to understand why. It deliciously combines women's rights issues, religion and, media's favorite topic, the Middle East, all in one bite-sized package of scandal.

Rabbi David Hartman: A Transformative Force And A Unique Legacy

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

The world was blessed for more than 80 years (1931-2013) with the presence of a hero of Torah, a progressive force for good, a religious pluralist, and an astounding teacher of ethics and spirituality. Yesterday, we lost a a great leader.

A Personal Thank You to Rabbi David Hartman and Dr. Menachem Elon: Giants of the Jewish World

Rabbi Avi Weiss | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Avi Weiss

While Dr. Elon and Rabbi Hartman made different contributions to Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael, for me, as part of the Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT) and Yeshivat Maharat families, they had a common point: their unconditional support for our vision, our programs and our institutions.

The Many Hats Of Orthodox Judaism

Simi Lichtman | Posted 04.12.2013 | Religion
Simi Lichtman

It is, perhaps, more newsworthy to make all Orthodox Jews out to be stuck in an ancient tradition, as if every religious Jew is still wearing their zaidy's zaidy's Polish garb. It may be newsworthy, but it's not accurate, and it's not sound journalism.

Gilad Shalit And A Distorted Zionism

Aryeh Younger | Posted 01.07.2013 | Religion
Aryeh Younger

I consider myself an ardent Zionist. I appreciate Israel for its democratic values and, more poignantly, for embodying my family's heritage. However, the Zionism with which I wish to identify can't be based on fear or tragedy.

Raising A 10-Year-Old World Record Holder

Posted 07.11.2012 | Parents

Ten-year-old Naomi Kutin is part of an elite group. Like tween skateboard master Tom Schaar, she's joined a tiny contingent of kids whose short biogra...

The Time Is Now: Renewing Orthodoxy for the 21st Century

Rabbi Ben Greenberg | Posted 05.24.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Ben Greenberg

The need is great and the time has to be now. If we sit idly by we risk the marginalization of not only those most affected by the increasing stultification of Orthodoxy, but we risk the marginalization of the Torah itself.

The Meaning Of Death

David Suissa | Posted 09.08.2011 | Religion
David Suissa

Our souls live on in everything we have done in this life, in every person we have touched, every word we have shared, every song we have sung. Living with that awareness helps us fulfill our purpose in life.

The Drama Unfolds When Modern Orthodox Jews Compete On Reality TV

Benyamin Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Benyamin Cohen

This immediate about-face -- a proud Modern Orthodox Jew one moment and sashaying in a bikini and heels on national TV the next -- was a sad commentary. After all, the contestant is named after the biblical Queen Esther.

Nosh, Davin, Kvell, or Eat, Pray, Love, the Upper West Side Way

Angela Himsel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Angela Himsel

Leeba Rivka Gilberstein is 27 years old, five pounds overweight, (okay, maybe ten), spiritually numb, and single.