Woman ‘Rabba’ Roils Orthodox World

A prominent Orthodox rabbi who recently granted rabbinic ordination to a woman is coming under fire from top ultra-Orthodox religious authorities, and now is said to be engaged in negotiations with the country’s mainstream Orthodox rabbinic association over the issue.


Why Hillary Clinton Broke Her Elbow and Other Tales From a Jewish Tea Party

Rabbi Mordechai Yitzchok Friedman doesn’t care if his audience is listening or not — or even if it’s sentient. The video camera, perched on a tripod and recording his every paranoid thought, is on. That’s what matters.


When Yoga and Mindfulness Meet Torah

A rabbi, a yogi and a Buddhist walk into the Manhattan JCC… What sounds like a stock opener of a joke actually happened at an event March 1 connected to Dani Shapiro’s newly released memoir, “Devotion” (Harper). The author invited her spiritual teachers to join her in a conversation moderated by writer and former television producer Abigail Pogrebin, who not only feigned surprise that attendees didn’t arrive in yoga pants, but also declared herself the most high-strung person in the room.


The Rhyme and Reason of Israeli Hip-Hop

Hadag Nahash is one of Israel’s most popular hip-hop groups, topping the charts regularly with their politically provocative, genre-bending music. The six-member band recently released their sixth album, appropriately titled “6.” The Forward’s Ezra Glinter spoke with front man Sha’anan Streett about the new album, writing English songs and representing Israeli culture abroad.


Political Wife Duped by Israeli Press

The wife of Israel’s own defense minister has been duped by a man in disguise.

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