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Category: Machshava/Jewish Thought

Taking Back Modern Orthodox Judaism

by Rabbi Asher Lopatin
(Posted on January 3, 2017)

Modern Orthodoxy as it developed in 20th-century America was dynamic, vibrant, challenging, and filled with new insights into Judaism. This was made possible not by taking in the values of modernity wholesale but by maintaining a positive attitude toward those values and not opposing them merely because they were foreign. At its best, Modem Orthodoxy Continue Reading »

Rabbi Asher Lopatin’s Knesset Remarks

by Rabbi Asher Lopatin
(Posted on December 30, 2016)

Honorable MK Elazar Shtern, MK Aliza Lavie, Chairman Natan Sharansky, Rabbis, Rabbaniot, and all who are leaders and thinkers: Israel’s Law of Return: Sometimes we in the Diaspora ask, does the State of Israel, the Jewish State, really believe in and support the Law of Return.  I say this because sadly we have seen that Continue Reading »

Speaking Truth to Power

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
(Posted on November 23, 2016)

Our responsibility to speak truth to power and protect victims of injustice, whether Jew or non-Jew, is a major theme of one of the central stories of parashat VaYeira, the story of Avraham arguing with God to defend Sodom and Amorah.  This scene is powerful not only because Avraham challenges God, but also because Avraham Continue Reading »

Mother’s Milk: A Psychoanalyst Looks at Breastfeeding

by Michelle Friedman, MD
(Posted on November 8, 2016)

To read Mother’s Milk: A Psychoanalyst Looks at Breastfeeding, click here.

Unorthodox Therapy

by Michelle Friedman, MD
(Posted on November 7, 2016)

When a psychotherapist is needed, how important is it that he be religious? Can we trust a non-religious therapist to not impose his own value system on the patient? Isn’t it possible that a therapist who is not intimately involved with the Orthodox lifestyle may misinterpret an Orthodox person’s behavior? Can we be confident that Continue Reading »

Jewish Pastoral Counseling: Recent Books

by Michelle Friedman, MD
(Posted on November 7, 2016)

To read a review by Dr. Michelle Friedman, click here.

“This isn’t what anyone expected….”

by Michelle Friedman, MD
(Posted on November 7, 2016)

Sara, 23, and Raphael, 28 just became parents of a much wanted baby boy.  The  brit was a joyous event but Raphael noticed that his wife was distant and preoccupied throughout the morning. Over the following weeks, Sara, usually a cheerful, easy going and very social young woman, seemed more and more changed. She kept Continue Reading »

When Doubt Enters the Room

by Michelle Friedman, MD
(Posted on November 7, 2016)

Jeremy graduates from public high school after attending the local community day school that ends at 8th grade.  He enters college at a large state university and takes a course in comparative religion. His roommate, Partha, is a smart, friendly young man from an Indian Hindu background. The two have thoughtful discussions late into the Continue Reading »

Killing Killers: Is the Death Penalty Good for the Jews?

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff
(Posted on November 2, 2016)

  There is significant tension in the Torah literature regarding the death penalty. On one hand, the written Torah clearly supports the use of the death penalty although it is not so clear why. On the other hand, the Rabbis seem to be uncomfortable with it, apparently out of concerns for judicial error and perhaps Continue Reading »

Standing Again at Sinai

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
(Posted on October 10, 2016)

In one of his last instructions to the children of Israel, Moshe commands the people in the mitzvah of hakhel, a public reading of the Torah to take place once every seven years.  All the people are to be present: “Gather the nation: the men, the women, and the children, and the stranger who is Continue Reading »

Should Torah be a Choice?

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff
(Posted on October 7, 2016)

Although voluntary buy-in is a more motivational incentive than extrinsic reward and certainly more than threat of punishment, there may still be good reason to insist that Jewish education and general keeping of mitzvot be mandatory and not a choice. Declaring something as mandatory emphasizes its importance, and, despite emotional objections, it can help ingrain Continue Reading »

What is a Halakhic Jewish Identity?

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff
(Posted on October 6, 2016)

Apart from the “Shema Yisra’el” with which we are so familiar, Parshat Va’etchanan has three other instances where we see similar instructions for Israel to listen. What do the Other Shema Yisraels have that our Shema doesn’t. Considering their emphasis, wouldn’t it be better to recite them twice daily rather than our Shema? What does our Shema Continue Reading »

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