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Glass Half Full Judaism

January 7, 2015, by

This post originally appeared in the Jewish Link of New Jersey. Some people see a split occurring within Modern Orthodox Judaism between those who adopt a more lenient religious interpretation and those who are stricter. I think they have it wrong. Yes, a split is happening, but it is not primarily about beliefs or stringency

The Question We Desperately Need an Answer To

January 6, 2015, by

This article originally appeared on rabbisblog.brsonline.org. “Intermarriage is a fact of life and we should be more welcoming when it happens.” That was part of the reaction of the chief executive officer of The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism to a recent controversial decision made by the leadership of the youth wing of the movement, United

The Great but Humble Emancipator

January 5, 2015, by

January 1, the day that President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, marks the anniversary of the greatest assertion of presidential power in U.S. history. Lincoln understood that the constitutional authority for his action was found in his war powers. Concerned that the effect of the proclamation wouldn’t outlive the war, Lincoln did

Having Fun Raising Funds for Team Yachad

December 31, 2014, by

Pinny Kwestel baked 4,000 mini chocolate and cinnamon bobkas (each about the size of a mini-muffin) after more than 14 hours in the kitchen on multiple weekends. Not bad for a 16 year old high school student. Pinny had first learned to bake while in middle school, selling his homemade baked goods. High school brought

Are You a Destinationist or a Traveler?

December 31, 2014, by

This article originally appeared on finkorswim.com Writing on Hevria, Elad Nehoral discusses evolving as a person and as an Orthodox Jew. I suggest reading the description of his process in his own words. To me, it sounds like Elad was uncomfortable confining his religious experience to the Chabad worldview, and has started the process of

Rabbi Zvi Engel: The Voice of Father

December 26, 2014, by

An inspiring message as we think about the life of Moses and the Book of Exodus. R3CA videos are a new format for teaching Torah and discussing important issues in the Jewish community. On June 30, 2014, at the annual Rabbinical Council of America Conference, 10 rabbis gave high quality TED-like presentations and were professionally

United States Holocaust Museum Is In a Race Against Time

December 25, 2014, by

“Our generation has one moment in time to safeguard truth,” emphasized Sara Bloomfield, director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C in a video of the Museum’s initiative to rescue the evidence of the Holocaust. As anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial rise around the world, including in the lands where the Holocaust occurred,

Admitting “I Don’t Know”

December 24, 2014, by

This post originally appeared at rabbisblog.brsonline.org Do you think normalizing relations with Cuba is a good idea or a poor one? Will it support and help the people of Cuba while strengthening America’s interests? Or does negotiating embolden a dictator and endanger the lives of Americans abroad? What is your position on the lack of

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