Kol Nidrei Drasha: The Gates of Repentance (Hebrew & English)

דרשה לכל נדרי – שערי תשובה שלום וכתיבה וחתימה טובה לכולכם, המשנה בסוף מסכת יומא מתארת ​​את יום כיפור כמקווה, והלילה אנחנו מתחילים את הטבילה הארוכה שלנו לעשרים וחמש שעות של יום כיפור. כציבור וכיחידים תוך התפילות שנתפלל, החרטה שנתחרט והחמשה עינויים שנתקיים, אנו מקווים לטהר את עצמנו ולהשיג חתימה חיובית לשנה החדשה. עם זאת, … More Kol Nidrei Drasha: The Gates of Repentance (Hebrew & English)

Airport Lights

By Yaacov David Shulman CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017 126 pages (nb. This review was featured in Jewish Action Fall 2018 and can be read here). Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook (1865-1935), best known as the first chief rabbi of pre-state Israel, was a truly unique Talmudist, halachist, mystic, poet and Jewish thinker. As chief rabbi, … More Airport Lights

Should Jews be promoting moral behaviour to non-Jews?

We live in a society where telling someone else what to do considered insulting and offensive – not only because it undermines the concepts of freedom and autonomy, but also because it challenges the postmodern belief that there is no single source for truth. The problem arises given that Judaism is rooted upon the principle … More Should Jews be promoting moral behaviour to non-Jews?

How the Torah is often used as a defense for things that the Torah finds indefensible

We are currently in the middle of the month of Ellul, which – as we know – was when Moshe went up Har Sinai to receive the Luchot Shniyot – the second set of luchot. By this point the Jewish people had served the Egel and Moshe had already been up Har Sinai to petition … More How the Torah is often used as a defense for things that the Torah finds indefensible

JEWISH GUIDE TO PRACTICAL MEDICAL DECISION-MAKING

JEWISH GUIDE TO PRACTICAL MEDICAL DECISION-MAKING by Rabbi Jason Weiner  (Urim, 2017) It takes considerable skill to write a book about modern medicine, and even greater skill to explain how halakha (Jewish law) responds to the dilemmas generated by modern medicine. Still, even those with the requisite knowledge of medicine and Jewish law may struggle to … More JEWISH GUIDE TO PRACTICAL MEDICAL DECISION-MAKING