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  • Op-Ed: The vital center and Modern Orthodoxy

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Another month, another round of recriminations in the Modern Orthodox community. Two months ago it was a breakaway rabbinic organization established, in part, to promote decentralized conversion standards. Last month it was a public forum on homosexuality in the Orthodox community. The latest controversy centers on the decision by two rabbis to… More ▸

  • Shabby treatment for Women of the Wall

    To the Editor: I am writing as a friend of Israel, but rather disappointed. Recent events in Israel, most notably those dealing with women at the Kotel, have dramatically highlighted the fact that in many ways, non-Orthodox streams of Jewish life have less freedom and are treated rather poorly in Israel, having fewer religious freedoms… More ▸

  • Maharat becomes Rabbah

    Avi Weiss’ office just issued a statement saying that Sara Hurwitz, who was ordained with the unusual acronym Maharat last year (shorthand for leader in legal, spiritual and Torah matters), would henceforth be known as "rabbah." Here’s the statement in full.  It is almost a year since Sara Hurwitz was given the title Mahara”t at… More ▸

  • Religious gays in Israel

    Yes, they exist. And they’re becoming better organized too. Check out this picture from a gay-friendly Shabbat service over Chanukah.  I had a chance to talk with several my last few days in Tel Aviv, and what I found boils down to this: With non-Orthodox religious options still a rarity in Israel, young gays and… More ▸

  • Jews must stop the fanatics within

    To the Editor: Re: "Spitting on Christians in Jerusalem draws rabbinic rebuke," this is merely the latest proof that a portion of Orthodox Jews are out of control. Instead of worrying about whom the pope may nominate for sainthood, Jews need to do something to halt this increasingly fanatical behavior that is reminiscent of the Zealots… More ▸

  • Non-Orthodox day schools merit support

    Thanks to Elaine Cohen for such an excellent response to Mr. Steinhardt’s comments. We all appreciate the many wonderful things Mr. Steinhardt has financed and worked for, but this time he has caused hurt to fellow Jews. If you look at the graduates of non-Orthodox day schools, you will see many committed, knowledgeable Jews dedicated… More ▸