Exotic Shofarot

September 21, 2011, by

Most shofarot are made from a ram’s horn. However, an increasing number of exotic shofarot are available from species such as the kudu, the gemsbok and the ibex. While some of these “alternative” shofarot are quite popular, there are serious halachic concerns regarding their acceptability. The most well-known “alternative shofar” is made from the horn

Shabbat Shalom – Parshat Ki Tavo

September 16, 2011, by

  Orthodox Judaism: Do We Have an Economic Model that Works? By Steven Savitsky We, at the Orthodox Union, have embarked on a multi-dimensional approach to alleviate the insurmountable financial burdens, and thus restore the simchas hachaim (joy of life) that is threatened in our community… Read More » Featured Articles A Once in a

Masechet Hullin – 82a-88b

September 15, 2011, by

The Coming Week’s Daf Yomi by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz This essay is based upon the insights and chidushim (original ideas) of Talmudic scholar Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, as published in the Hebrew version of the Steinsaltz Edition of the Talmud. Hullin 82a-b – Setting priorities in the slaughter of animals We have learned above (see daf,

Ki Tavo – S’lichot prior to Rosh HaShana – part one

September 15, 2011, by

S’lichot prior to Rosh HaShana – part one The custom of reciting selichot (penitential prayers) in the days preceding Rosh HaShana is quite ancient, and is mentioned already in the early Rishonim. The custom of the Sefaradim, as mentioned in Shulchan Arukh (OC 581), is to recite selichot from the beginning of Elul; the Rema

A Once in a Lifetime Experience

September 13, 2011, by

No one ever forgets their wedding day. It’s one of those moments that young girls dream about all their lives. For me, it was even more memorable, because I got married during Hurricane Irene. February 14, 2011. My then boyfriend, Yacov Farkas, proposed to me at the top of Rockefeller Center. It was a wonderful

Billable Hours – How Do We Spend Our Time?

September 13, 2011, by

Ask anyone who has had professional contact with an attorney and you will hear about the concept of ‘billable hours’. In lawyer parlance, any time spent on behalf of a client, be it on the phone, in an email, doing research, writing a motion or appearing in court (just to name the basics) is billed

The Lonely Man of Faith

September 13, 2011, by

Lonely Man of Faith is a recent documentary film on the life and legacy of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, the intellectual leader of Modern Orthodox Judaism in 20th Century America. Throughout his life, in Europe, New York and Boston, he struggled to forge a path between Jewish tradition and the modern age, an ordeal that

Jewish Optimism

September 13, 2011, by

Doom and gloom! That is how the Jewish cynic views the authentic Jewish life. Confining. Legalistic. Obligatory. A downer! So many somber remembrances. So many burdens and obligations. Praying three times a day. Fasts. Study. Moral teachings to learn. The self to improve. “Why can’t I just be accepted for what I am,” asks the