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Nov 9, 2018, 12:45 PM
Bringing meaning to tragedy
This Veterans Day, honor the living vets, remember the fallen, and mourn the recent senseless losses, so the nation can start healing
Oct 31, 2018, 5:19 AM
Reflections upon My Sabta’s 11th Yahrtzeit
22 Cheshvan, which this year falls out today, October 31, 2018, marks the 11th yahrtzeit of my dear Sabta Dina Lerner. Sabta Dina led a very rich and exceptional life, and died at the age of 96. She was...
Oct 28, 2018, 2:15 PM
In heaven, God cries
Shortly after his wife died, Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (1808-1888, Frankfurt am Main) penned an ethical will for his family. In his ethical will, Rav Hirsch expresses his late wife’s, as well as his own, joy and pride in...
Oct 24, 2018, 3:47 PM
Observant gay is not an oxymoron
I am not gay, but I am a rabbi, and it is my job to listen to ALL congregants with understanding and respect
Dec 15, 2017, 7:10 AM
Whose needs are we serving?
Back in September, the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale’s (HIR) printed announcements included a mazal tov to the parents of a gay male who was about to be married. The announcement prompted intense criticism, especially from the more conservative segments...
Oct 26, 2017, 8:15 PM
The Department of Women’s Initiatives explicitly affirms the importance of women as community leaders
Oct 22, 2017, 5:32 AM
The Orthodox Union statement on women’s ordination, revisited
A few days ago, Rabbi Avi Shafran published an opinion piece in the Forward about women’s ordination. In it, he states: “For these reasons, the OU is correct in insisting than Orthodox Judaism is not compatible with female clergy. But...
Jun 25, 2017, 9:02 PM
Are We All Really Just Like Korach?
“The narcissism of small differences.” Sigmund Freud first coined this phrase 100 years ago. According to Wikipedia, the narcissism of small differences is “the thesis that it is precisely communities with adjoining territories and close relationships that engage in constant...
Jun 7, 2017, 6:29 AM
Was the Chatam Sofer Really So Fair?
“Hechadash assur min haTorah b’khol makom” -- That which is new is biblically forbidden in all places. This statement, found in mishnayot Masekhet Orlah (3:9), refers to “new” grain - grain harvested from plants which took root after the 16th of...
Jan 17, 2017, 4:19 PM
Women’s ordination: It’s a matter of decency
Rabbis who won’t listen to women’s distress over their status fail a cardinal Jewish duty to ease suffering
Daniel Geretz grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and currently serves as the rabbi of Maayan in West Orange, New Jersey.