In this new series, “What the Forward,” an Orthodox Jew answers your burning questions about all things Jewish custom and religious observance.
By rejecting pre-nups, Rabbi Tau is trying to draw his public further toward the uncompromising, rejectionist stance of the Ultra Orthodox in Israel.
A difference will only be made when every individual sees extending a hand to those floating by as part of their core identity and personal mission.
If Jewish law didn’t command Jews to keep Shabbat, would Orthodox Jews still keep it?
Confused by the laws and customs of Shavuot? We’ve got you covered:
“Homosexuality, Human Dignity and Halakhah” was approved by the Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards (CJLS) on December 6, 2006, representing a watershed moment for the Conservative Movement. Rigorous scholarship, moral clarity and rabbinic courage provided a compassionate religious response to a complex matter, epitomizing the ethical and redemptive power of halakhah. However, despite wide recognition, its finer details are often ignored or misunderstood, posing ongoing challenges for the lives it impacts, especially gay men and bisexuals.
I couldn’t help but wonder if my pizza-mate recognized the ramification of his philosophy.
From the Jewish perspective, the fact that millions of Americans cannot afford adequate health care is unconscionable.
A prominent Israeli rabbi said that non-Jews in Israel should carry identification cards issued by the state’s Jewish religious authority marking them as not Jewish as part of a plan to make commerce in Israel adhere to Jewish law.
We may go to the polls once or twice a year, but we vote with our money choices every day — and those money votes add up to determine the state of our communities, our nation and our world.