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But Why Do They Have to be Rabbis?

But Why Do They Have to be Rabbis?

In the wake of the Yeshivat Maharat graduation on June 16, many of my right-wing friends have approached me, The Feminist, about Orthodox women entering the rabbinate. “But why do they have to be rabbis?” is one of their frequently asked questions. “Why can’t they just be rebbetzins, or do something else with their lives? I just don’t understand […]

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Haredi Leader Calls on Jews to Dodge Civil Service

Haredi Leader Calls on Jews to Dodge Civil Service

The haredi daily newspaper Yated Ne’eman reported on Monday that Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, the most senior rabbi in the haredi world, has called on yeshiva students not to enlist in the civilian service program, the framework designed as an alternative to military service for haredi men. According to an article published in the newspaper […]

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The Impurity of Sin

The Impurity of Sin

In my experience, we tend to express and think of sin in terms of personal failure.  Sin is an example of not reaching our potential, not creating the relationship with God we might have, making poor choices.  All true, and those locutions are helpful in stimulating us to repent and change, to improve and grow. […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 44 – August 22, 2012

AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 44 - August 22, 2012

The European Union released an updated list of Israeli communities behind the Green Line. Areas viewed in the West Bank and areas that do not enjoy duty free status for their goods being imported into EU countries. Amazingly, the updated list, which is based on community zip codes, includes 71724, 71728 and 71799, communities that […]

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Bible Studies at Religious Schools ‘Lies and Betrayal’

Bible Studies at Religious Schools 'Lies and Betrayal'

Senior national-religious rabbis on Tuesday sent a letter to the heads of religious educational institutions in which they warn against the method of instruction demanded by the Education Ministry. The stances of two senior rabbis at the Har HaMor yeshiva – which is considered to be the flagship of the more conservative national religious approach […]

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Israel’s second-most visited Jewish holy site, now under state control

Israel's second-most visited Jewish holy site, now under state control

The cabinet Sunday decided to place the ancient tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai under the management of a special government company under the supervision of the tourism minister. It is expected to cost approximately NIS 27 million to implement the decision. About 10 days ago the High Court turned down a petition by a […]

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Israel trying to ‘nationalize’ second most visited Jewish holy site

Israel trying to 'nationalize' second most visited Jewish holy site

The High Court of Justice rejected last week a request submitted by a yeshiva that operates at the grave of Shimon Bar Yochai at Mount Meron, asking for an injunction against the state’s intention to purchase and use parts of the site for public purposes. The yeshiva’s opposition stems from concerns that the state intends […]

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Reflections On The First Yahrzeit Of ‘Ger Tzedek’ Yosef Robinson Z”L & On A Year Of Kaddish

Reflections On The First Yahrzeit Of ‘Ger Tzedek’ Yosef Robinson Z”L & On A Year Of Kaddish

He was more than an acquaintance but not quite a friend. Nevertheless, I miss him terribly because he was an inspiration and role model to all who knew him. And his death was not only a huge tragedy and a crime, but an enormous Kiddush Hashem. Yosef Robinson, z”l, came from the rough life of a Jamaican […]

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Top 50 things to do in Jerusalem

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

1.) Church of the Holy Sepulchre The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is also called as the Church of the Resurrection to Eastern Orthodox Christians, located in the Old city of Jerusalem, far famed as the Christians holiest site and has been an significant pilgrimage since the 4th century. A monumental landmark respected as the Golgotha or […]

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The Purpose of Sitting Shiva

The Purpose of Sitting Shiva

Shiva is the Jewish period of mourning observed the first week after the funeral of a parent, spouse, sibling, or child. From the time of death until the conclusion of the funeral, the primary focus and concern is on the care of the deceased and the burial preparations. Once shiva begins, the focus shifts to […]

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How to pay a Shiva call

How to pay a Shiva call

We are not alone. This message of Judaism conveys about death and bereavement, were every law and every custom of Jewish mourning and has at its core the overwhelming motivation to surround the dying and the grieving with a supportive community. Some may say that facing death and grief elevates a person’s feeling of aloneness, […]

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How to Unveil a Jewish Tombstone

How to Unveil a Jewish Tombstone

Even in the past, it was already part of Jewish custom to mark the grave of a loved one with a tombstone. In Genesis 35:20, Jacob built a tombstone for the grave of his wife Rachel. The purpose of erecting a tombstone is to indicate where a dead loved one is buried. It is also […]

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Making a Shiva Call

Making a Shiva call

It is considered mitzvah to pay a home visit to the mourners or pay a shiva call. The focus of paying a shiva call is to give comfort and show compassion to the family of the deceased. Plan your visit. Listen for announcement during the funeral service for the mourner’s  schedule of receiving guests. Ideally, […]

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Consolation

Consolation

The spiritual journey beyond griefby Rabbi Maurice Lamm In this, his sequel to the best-selling The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning Rabbi Lamm helps mourners not just get through their grief, but also grow through it. He gently steers mourners on the path that allows their sorrow to teach them important lessons about life. […]

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Bircas HaChamah – New Expanded Edition

Bircas HaChamah - New Expanded Edition

Blessing of the Sun, Renewal of Creation: A halachic analysis and anthology with a new translation and commentaryby Rabbi J. David Bleich Every twenty-eight years, for a few hours on a Wednesday morning in April, throngs of Jews fill streets, sidewalks, rooftops, and parks for the most infrequent ritual in Judaism. It marks the return […]

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The Ohr Somayach Gemara Companion

The Ohr Somayach Gemara Companion

by Rabbi Dovid Kaplan An elegantly structured, step-by-step method that can be used by anyone seeking the technical skills needed to get going in Gemara. Includes helpful lists of commonly used terms, timelines and other helpful charts.(63 Pages) 5.25′x8.25′ ‘The purpose of this publication is to provide the novice in Gemara study the benefit of […]

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Consolation: The Spiritual Journey Beyond Grief

Consolation: The Spiritual Journey Beyond Grief

Maurice Lamm Publisher: JPS For most of us, mourning is something to be endured. We are often merely passive spectators of our own pain, and we see our grief period as a grim mountain that we must climb over. But for Maurice Lamm it can be much more. Bereavement, he says, can often be an […]

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Gold From the Land of Israel: A New Light on the Weekly Torah Portion From the Writings of Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook

Gold From the Land of Israel: A New Light on the Weekly Torah Portion From the Writings of Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook

Rabbi Chanan Morrison Publisher: Urim Publications Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook (1865-1935), the celebrated first Chief Rabbi of pre-state Israel, is recognized as being among the most important Jewish thinkers of all times. His writings reflect the mystic’s search for underlying unity in all aspects of life and the world, and his unique personality similarly united […]

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Kol Dodi Dofek: Listen – My Beloved Knocks

Kol Dodi Dofek: Listen - My Beloved Knocks

Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, David Z. Gordon (editor) Publisher: Yeshiva University Press Yeshiva University is honoring one of the most important essays of the last century and one of the most significant thinkers in recent Jewish life with a fiftieth-anniversary publication of “Kol Dodi Dofek” — “Listen—My Beloved Knocks.” The essay originated in 1956 as […]

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