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Bracha Rutner broke new ground, becoming the first Yoetzet Halacha (woman advisor in Jewish law) employed by an American synagogue, Riverdale Jewish Center, where she served for a decade. She is also former Yoetzet Halacha at the Riverdale Minyan and is currently Kemp Mill Synagogue's ...
They came back with a unanimous response: Yes, Jewish law does allow torture of terrorists — with a few limitations. ... participating in the inaugural Collegiate Moot Beit Din (or Jewish legal court) competition, which asked the teams to judge the question “Is torture permissible according to Jewish law?

He quotes the Rambam, Chapter 15, Hilchot Sanhedrin, and Chapter 12 Hilchot Avel, Halacha 1. Achiezer 72:4. The bottom line on those who deliberately, and with full knowledge of the illegality of their actions, transgress Jewish Law in matters like this, is stated by the Shulchan Aruch: “Those who leave ...
“According to Jewish law, Judaism has no interest in influencing someone to convert. There's no such thing,” Rabbi Dov Lior told Haaretz. “If someone comes to convert, then it's a good deed to bring them closer. But to go out and be a missionary? To influence someone? That's not the way of Judaism,” Lior ...
The movement, a liberal denomination that adheres to Jewish law, bans intermarriage, but some of its rabbis bitterly oppose the ban. ... Those rules are debated and voted on by the RA's Committee on Jewish Laws and Standards, which reviews issues of halakha, or Jewish law, and determines what the ...
JERUSALEM (JTA) — A group of four Orthodox Jewish women has threatened to take the Chief Rabbinate to Israel's highest court after their request to take an official rabbinate exam in family purity laws was rejected with no explanation. The exam was held Thursday; the women were not allowed to sit for it ...

Recently a swirl of controversy has engulfed the Jewish Community surrounding the role of female clergy and Halacha. Some of our Chaverim have reached out to the Beth Din for a Psak and guidance on this issue. Accordingly, we the undersigned are offering our opinion on behalf of the Beth Din of the ...
Seven and a half years ago, Rav Gans was asked by Dirshu's hanhala to deliver a Daf HaYomi B'Halacha shiur via telephone. Initially, he refused, stating simply that he did not have an extra second in his day. Ultimately, he was convinced that the zechus of talmud Torah d'rabbim was a sufficient reason to ...
In December 2017, Portugal was officially recognized as the “World's Leading Destination” by the World Travel Awards. It's also one of the most Jewish-friendly countries, according to Lisbon Jewish Community President Gabriel Steinhardt, who said the presence of hate groups and anti-Semitic rhetoric in ...
“Ve'eileh hamishpotim asher tosim lifneihem.” Rashi explains that just as the laws that appeared in Parshas Yisro were delivered to the Jewish people at Har Sinai, so were the laws relating to financial matters, included in this week's parsha, also presented to the Jewish people at Har Sinai. Just as the laws ...
Note: This short essay is meant purely as an educational overview. Jewish law approaches each case according to its particular circumstances. In any actual case, it is vital that qualified rabbis and medical professionals be consulted. The question of abortion is perhaps one of the most sensitive and charged topics in the ...
In December 2017, Portugal was officially recognized as the “World's Leading Destination” by the World Travel Awards. It's also one of the most Jewish-friendly countries, according to Lisbon Jewish Community President Gabriel Steinhardt, who said the presence of hate groups and anti-Semitic rhetoric in ...
In an extended and collective effort, they have done all they can to pass religious laws, to base the governing of the state on Jewish law, and to make Jewish law the foundation ... As a result, the state is not run according to halacha or to a religious vision, but according to principles of modern Western law.
While matters of Jewish law can be argued among rabbis, the Standards of Rabbinic Practice are ostensibly absolute: Break them and you're out. ... law means something to us,” said Rabbi Aaron Starr, who leads a Conservative synagogue in Michigan. “Rules matter. I honor Halacha. I accept Halacha.
Fifty-six years and 350 women after the first (non-Orthodox) female rabbi was ordained, the Orthodox Union took a stand last week. The traditional community's largest synagogue group retained one detail while reaffirming its opposition to ordaining women. The board voted that four O.U. synagogues ...
Eleventh-grade Halacha students at Yeshivat Frisch had the opportunity to hear from Rabbi Mordechai Willig, Rabbi Dr. Sol Roth professor of Talmud and contemporary Halacha at Yeshiva University's Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and longtime spiritual leader of Young Israel of Riverdale in ...
On a recent Shabbat morning, Temple Sinai congregants pondered the issues surrounding assisted suicide from a Jewish perspective. They read and discussed references to facilitating death found in the Code of Jewish Law, writings of ancient rabbis and the Book of Samuel. They then learned how these ...

Eleventh-grade Halacha students at Yeshivat Frisch had the opportunity to hear from Rabbi Mordechai Willig, Rabbi Dr. Sol Roth professor of Talmud and contemporary Halacha at Yeshiva University's Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and longtime spiritual leader of Young Israel of Riverdale in ...
Chapter Four of Tractrate Shevuot focuses on a type of oath known as the “oath of testimony,” which can be administered to witnesses in a court case. Based on the name, one might think that this is an oath to give truthful testimony, along the lines of the one administered in American courts: “I swear to tell ...
The twenty-fourth of Teves marks the passing of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of Chabad Chasidism. He is famous among Jews today as the author of both the Tanya and a version of the Code of Jewish Law. His name, Shneur, hints to his unique ability to teach and expound on both the revealed as well as the ...
... the sea of Moroccan minhagim and psak halacha. The Moroccan approach varies significantly from the approach articulated by Chacham Ovadia. Moreover, there are a myriad of varieties of approaches and styles within Moroccan sub-communities. However, the challenge of tracking Moroccan practice ...
By contrast, Jewish law (halakhah) is obligation-based, and the preservation of human life is a cardinal commandment. Both suicide and self-endangerment are forbidden (Genesis 9:5; Deuteronomy 4:15). Maimonides explains that our bodies are Divine property and any deliberate attempt to destroy them ...
Seven and a half years ago, Rav Gans was asked by Dirshu's hanhala to deliver a Daf HaYomi B'Halacha shiur via telephone. Initially, he refused, stating simply that he did not have an extra second in his day. Ultimately, he was convinced that the zechus of talmud Torah d'rabbim was a sufficient reason to ...
That may be true to some extent, however, there remain significant differences between them and one can glean many fascinating insights from the study of Jewish law. One very interesting point about Jewish law is that when it comes to monetary laws, the Torah seems to be more interested in principals ...
“Ve'eileh hamishpotim asher tosim lifneihem.” Rashi explains that just as the laws that appeared in Parshas Yisro were delivered to the Jewish people at Har Sinai, so were the laws relating to financial matters, included in this week's parsha, also presented to the Jewish people at Har Sinai. Just as the laws ...
The gates shuttering the world of Moroccan Halacha have been opened wide with the recent publication of “Darke Abotenou: the Laws and Customs of the Jews of Morocco,” as we discussed in last week's column. The introduction to this magnificent work sheds light on an otherwise enigmatic enterprise, ...
“We're inferior to [civil] judges?” the woman said the judges asked her. “You are a Haredi woman who follows halakha [Jewish religious law].
Rabbis on both sides of the Atlantic debate previously indisputable points of Jewish law. All the while, the lives of tens of thousands of Orthodox ...
Rabbi Yisrael Rozen, who solved conflicts between Jewish law and ... Institute, which works to adapt Jewish religious law to modern life and fit technology ... with the strictures of Jewish law, or halacha, especially on Shabbat, ...
'Tis the season for Jews all over the world to carefully select and purchase a ritual object, cut it in just the right places, and burn it as a public sacrifice. That is ...
... used to turn Israel into a state governed by halakha, or Jewish religious law. ... “Establishing Jewish law as a source for legal rulings raises ...
“You are engaged in making the greatest possible nachas ruach to Hashem Yisbarach, the Nosein HaTorah, by learning Halacha ...
Eleven-part series with Rabbi Rick Rheins exploring halachic responses to ethical and ritual issues facing modern Jews. Using the second ...
There are 39 categories of activity prohibited on Shabbat and the traditional interpretations of Jewish law forbid moving an object from one ...
Alexander served for 10 years as associate dean and lecturer in rabbinic and Jewish law at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los ...
The idea of making principles derived from "Hebrew law", including the Jewish bible, a basis for court judgments is gaining traction in Israel to ...
While Jewish law condemns cruelty to animals, every year thousands of chickens are abused and killed in kapparot rituals on the eve of Yom ...
The Bible, the Talmud and Jewish law can indeed be sources of inspiration, but cannot replace laws, regulations and legal rulings, unless ...
The Bible, the Talmud and Jewish law can indeed be sources of inspiration, but cannot replace laws, regulations and legal rulings, unless ...
Jewish law is quite clear that being born to a Jewish mother guarantees you entrance into the club, and Mensch could find no evidence of ...
“The word for law in Judaism is Halacha, which means movement,” said Rabbi Shmuel Skaist, Director of the IDT Yeshiva. ”While Jewish law ...
One of the disadvantages of the way in which people read the Torah is that we often fail to see connections that span the entire text ...
In Jewish law, the Shulchan Aruch, Choshen Mishpat 237, states that generally (and yes, there are many exceptions to this rule), once a buyer ...
Biur Halacha (authored by the Chafetz Chaim) cautions that absent a dochak (pressing need), one should not follow the more lenient approach ...
In Halacha, it is very hard to convict a person of a capital offense. Why did Hashem create such a system? Is it fair to allow the guilty to walk out ...
Yet, as Joseph Telushkin has written, “There are few areas in Jewish law where the biblical and talmudic view so conflict as in the matter of ...
The principle of Pikuach Nefesh, the preservation of human life, takes precedence over just about every other Jewish law (the exceptions are ...
Both claim to honor halacha, Jewish religious law, but see a need to “bring it up to date”, to better comport with contemporary values like ...
However, the halakhic literature represented most prominently by Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan in his broadly authoritative Hafetz Hayyim (Laws of ...
However, the halakhic literature represented most prominently by Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan in his broadly authoritative Hafetz Hayyim (Laws of ...


 

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