We should learn how to share important spaces such as the Kotel rather than create a false unity that excludes millions of Jews.
Debra Nussbaum Cohen says the ball is in Avi Shafran’s court. He should suggest a viable, accurate alternative to the term ‘ultra-Orthodox’ — or stop kvetching about it.
Over the years, there have been complaints about the Forward’s use of the term ‘ultra-Orthodox.’ Jane Eisner explains why we haven’t switched to some other term.
Try as she might, Frimet Goldberger cannot relate to Jewish men who feel religiously unfulfilled unless they keep the stage to themselves — and women out of their club.
On September 7, the online magazine Slate published an article titled “Will the Great American Rabbi Please Stand Up?” which argued that, in the words of its author, Shmuel Rosner, “great American rabbis seem to be a thing of the past.” Indeed, the article surmises that “Jewish America seems to have lost its chance to foster home-grown rabbinical sages.” We were curious just how many people would agree with Rosner’s assessment of the state of Jewish America today. The Forward asked rabbis, authors and scholars to weigh in on the article. Here’s what some of them had to say:
Rabbi Avi Shafran, director of public affairs for Agudath Israel of America, thinks American Jews should “more deeply dwell on what previous Jewish generations had to endure.” He makes his point via a very moving and beautifully told story in The Jerusalem Post. Any attempt I would make at synopsis, I fear, wouldn’t do it justice. So you’ll have to read it for yourself.
To be sure, the Reform Siddur “Mishkan T’filah” is pretty far from what Shafran would consider an ideal prayerbook, but he’s pretty pleased by its steps toward tradition — particularly its inclusion of a prayer for the resurrection of the dead.