... It is only a morasha. The difference is that the former is automatic, while
the latter requires effort. If a person does not make the effort, his
relationship to Torah might only be to the extent that he will pass it on to
The Value of an Unknown Burial Place
In Zos HaBracha, ...
Hellenism in Jewish Babylonia - Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley.
... places, all of those places are, nevertheless, within the obviously Hellenistic (Roman) ambit of Palestine.7 Cohen completes his argument
with the keen formulation that “through it all, Jews remained Jews, and
Judaism remained Judaism, but even in their non-Hellenism they were
hellenized” (2000, 237 ...
The Making of the Mishnah and the Talmud
... called the oral law. At some point between the later ﬁrst century b.c.e. and the ﬁrst century c.e.,
the notion began to be expressed that the oral law, along with the written, had been given at Sinai.
This development has been explained by some scholars as the result of a desire on the part of the
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
... 226 : Ḥakirah, the Flatbush Journal of Jewish Law and Thought
philosophy of ghettoization. The culture presents an insurmountable obstacle to traditional Judaism and must be rejected.
The second group would rather “reframe” the problem with some
interpretative license: We need to transform the cha ...
Haredi Construction of Rabbinic Authority: A Case Study
... America and joined his traditionalist Haredi colleagues in founding America’s Council of
Torah Sages – a body of rabbinic elites that decides the policies for the Agudath Israel of
America organization – in attempting to invigorate Orthodoxy in the United States.8
Soloveitchik later left the Agudah ...
European Union for Progressive Judaism
... would never be elected the next President of the
United States. Oh, how wrong I was!
But the people have spoken and we must all
remember that, thankfully, all the countries within
the European Union as well as Israel and the United
States are democracies. I am reminded of the
statement made by Winst ...
... Raymond Scheindlin, A Short History of the Jewish People
Linda Motzkin, Aleph Isn’t Tough: An Introduction to Hebrew for Adults for Hebrew reading class only
Irving “Yitz” Greenberg, The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays
Edward Feinstein, Tough Questions Jews Ask
Abraham Joshua Heschel, T ...
torah_sermons229.ser.. - Rabbi Shmuel`s Thoughts on Torah
... all alone. Isn’t this what Elijah the prophet means when he stands at the entrance to the cave and
says: “Who will tell bar Yochai that no one is trying to kill him?” Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai
literally says to his son: “It is enough to have just the two of us in the world?
But then there is the secon ...
Beliefs, Values and Practices: Judaism
... and dates back nearly 4,000 years to the Middle East. Jews
believe they are G-d's chosen people and in return for the
covenant made with Jews, they keep G-d’s laws and aim to
bring holiness into every aspect of life.
Judaism, whether orthodox or reform, is a religion of great
tradition and places gr ...
Optimism and the Song of Songs
... that our aspirations and hopes have become no less relevant in our
The same spirit enables Rabbi Akiva to laugh when encountering
foxes roaming the Temple mount. He sees this as the confirmation of
a biblical prophecy, and this fills him with hope that more positive
prophecies of conso ...
part ii - Parsha Pages
... the most dominating figures of halachic Judaism since the Shulchan Aruch. Born in
Brisk (Brest-Litovsk), he was the author of countless works in all areas of Rabbinic
literature, including Aderet Eliyahu on the Torah, a commentary on the Mishna, and
commentaries on both the Babylonian and Palestinia ...
the first rabbi in america - Stevens Institute of Technology
... of Jewish religious tradition.
However, Rabbi Rice soon found himself at odds with
many of those who davened in his shul.
The misunderstandings began with the question of
Sabbath observance. True, the Baltimore Jews were
Orthodox and would have loved to observe the Sabbath
as befits traditional Jews ...
Regarding Modern Judaism And The Kabalah
... white, the offering was accepted, and if not, God’s judgment would be on them. Yah
went along with this and for 40 years after Yahushua died, their strings stayed red… yet
before He died, miraculously (by the enemy) the strings at times would turn white. Thus
they sell these red strings so that perh ...
Parashat Naso: Rabbi Yanoff goes to the White House!
... Now, I‟ve often warned you when I speak from this pulpit of things that have
politics as an angle: You are going try to discern my politics, what I think of
President Obama, how I have voted or am going to vote. I know that; it‟s the
occupational hazard of talking about important, relevant issues. ...
(grandson of Rav Breuer) regarding Rabbi Joseph Elias
... Rabbi Joseph Elias in “Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch and Evolution---The View from His
Commentary” (Jewish Observer, September 2006) contends that Rabbi Hirsch’s essay “The
Educational Value of Judaism” (1873), in which evolution is discussed, “was written in a gingerly
manner that could easily be mis ...
Read as Doc file
... deems unfit. Rabbis sometimes disagree concerning what they both heard from their own
mentor; one says that the Rabbi permitted, while the other says that he prohibited. It would
be no exaggeration to say that there is almost no issue in the Torah concerning which
Rabbis do not disagree. This being ...
I`m going to tell you a true story of two Rabbis – you decide who
... But, then this other Rabbi, who was a classmate of Rabbi Johanan ben Zakkai, his name was Rabbi Sha'ul of Tarsus, better known to some people as Paul the
Apostle, likewise a disciple of Gamaliel, who was associated with something called the Middoth of Hillel, which the apostle Paul used in his teach ...
Ki Tetze-A Rebellious Son
... Parshat Ki Tetze contains more mitzvoth (commandments) than
any other Torah portion, 72 out of the 613! Some of the commandments
are very humanitarian, such as shooing away the mother bird before
taking her eggs or making a parapet for your roof so that those who
would be sleeping on the roof would ...
Glimpses Into American Jewish History (Part)
... that when he returned he would become its assistant rabbi. Given his commitment to
Orthodoxy, Rabbi Drachman was forced to make it clear to the congregants of Temple
Emanuel that he would only serve an Orthodox congregation. Despite the fact that
Reform rabbis usually earned considerably more than ...
... focus of our discussion is Rabbi Mordechai Gafni, whom have known collectively for
many years, the issues we address are universal and timeless.
A group of several people – none of whom know Rabbi Gafni personally in any real way,
and none who has had any contact in the past twenty years – have unde ...
NO TIME FOR SILENCE A Letter Addressed to all Rabbis in Every
... assimilation and an uprooting of all of the fundamental principles of the Torah.
These people now seek recognition in the Land of Israel as well, so that uprooters of
the faith will be recognized as religious leaders. Woe to us that this is happening in
our time – that heads are held high by enemies ...
Ordained As Rabbis, Women Tell Secret
... education in recent years, some among them began to ask whether Orthodox Judaism
would allow them to reach the highest rung and earn the title of rabbi.
One feminist scholar, Haviva Ner-David, announced in a book this year that she was
studying to be the first Orthodox female rabbi under the tutelag ...
Smicha (Hebrew: סמיכה, ""leaning [of the hands]""), also smichut (Hebrew: סמיכות, ""ordination""), smicha lerabbanut (Hebrew: סמיכה לרבנות, ""rabbinical ordination""), or smicha lehazzanut (Hebrew: סמיכה לחזנות, ""cantorial ordination"") is derived from a Hebrew word which means to ""rely on"" or ""to be authorized"". It generally refers to the ordination of a rabbi or cantor within Judaism. In the former case, it signifies the transmission of rabbinic authority to give advice or judgment in Jewish law. In the latter, it signifies the transmission of authoritative knowledge about Jewish musical and liturgical traditions. Although presently most functioning synagogue rabbis hold semikhah by some rabbinical institution or academy, this was until quite recently not always required, and in fact many Haredi rabbis may not be required to hold a ""formal"" semikhah even though they may occupy important rabbinical and leadership positions. Some cantorial institutions in the US currently grant semikhah to their students, while others use the term ""investiture"" to describe the conferral of cantorial authority onto their graduates.Classical semikhah refers to a specific type of ordination that, according to traditional Jewish teaching, traces a line of authority back to Moses and the seventy elders. The line of classical semikhah seems to have died out in the 4th or 5th century CE but it is widely held that the line of Torah conferment remains unbroken. Some believe evidence exists that classical semicha was existent during the 12th century when semuchim from Lebanon and Syria were traveling to Israel in order to pass on semikhah to their students. Others, such as Rav Yisroel of Shklov (1770–1839), believed it may not have been broken at all but that it continued outside of the land of Israel. Today many believe in the existence of an unbroken chain of authority dating back to the time of Moses and Joshua (See ""The Unbroken Chain of Torah"" below).A third and distinct meaning of semikhah is the laying of hands upon an offering of a korban (""sacrifice"") in the times of the Temple in Jerusalem, see Semicha in sacrifices.