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The limits of alliance with Reform Jews

The limits of alliance with Reform Jews

Alliance with Reform\Conservative Jews has limits, including not accepting conversions, marriages, and issues set out clearly in Halakha.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 01/08/2021 10:10
Halakha:  Bleeding caused by an IUD

Halakha: Bleeding caused by an IUD

Our Sages set a principle of leniency in determining the laws dealing with menstrual staining.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 22/06/2021 17:28
A clarion call to the incoming Knesset of Israel

A clarion call to the incoming Knesset of Israel

Recognizing our heritage and customs (Halakha) preserves the integrity and unity of the Jewish people of all levels of observance. Op-ed.Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht, 11/06/2021 13:31
How Orthodox thinkers evaluate proposed changes to Jewish Beliefs

How Orthodox thinkers evaluate proposed changes to Jewish Beliefs

We live in a time of moral change, but.secular morality is an illusion when seen through a historical perspective. Torah is eternal truth.Rabbi Gil Student, 30/05/2021 16:42
Do I or don’t I take the COVID-19 vaccine?

Do I or don’t I take the COVID-19 vaccine?

Rabbis and rabbinical organizations are giving their advice. Some adamant everyone must, others just as adamant that no one should. OpinionCaryn Lipson, 24/12/2020 07:52
Overruling a rabbi

Overruling a rabbi

What happens if a rabbi's halakhic decision is overturned by a rabbinical court?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 22/12/2020 16:24
'We've always granted everyone a dignified burial'

'We've always granted everyone a dignified burial'

Former Chief IDF Rabbi Brigadier General (res) Yisrael Weiss: Burial of non-Jewish IDF KIA is no shame G-d forbid, originates in HalachaUzi Baruch, 03/11/2020 20:57
Do not be exceedingly righteous

Do not be exceedingly righteous

When we rebel against rules on opening yeshivas during the pandemic, we insinuate that ours is a religion callous to medical dangers.Rabbi Mayer Twersky , 03/11/2020 10:21
The power of permission

The power of permission

The Torah is not a joy-killing mechanism, but a system meant to refine the joys of life and elevate then to a spiritual dimension.Rabbi Ronen Neuwirth, 15/10/2020 11:52
Laws for Yom Kippur 5781 during the covid pandemic

Laws for Yom Kippur 5781 during the covid pandemic

Summary of the laws that pertain to the holiest and most solemn day of the Jewish year with additions in light of the covid pandemic.Rabbi Baruch Efrati, 26/09/2020 21:00
The writing process and content of my new book “HaMasoret HaYehudit”

The writing process and content of my new book “HaMasoret HaYehudit”

My book The Jewish Tradition is the result of deep pain at Jews distanced from their heritage, but also out of a strong sense of unity.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 24/08/2020 11:15
The Media and Journalists in Halakha

The Media and Journalists in Halakha

Journalism unavoidably involves information prohibited by the the laws of lashon ha’ra, but in a democratic state its role is essential.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 20/07/2020 14:19
A Young Israel Rabbi weighs in: On Reform Judaism and Jewish Unity - Part 1‏

A Young Israel Rabbi weighs in: On Reform Judaism and Jewish Unity - Part 1‏

We have such chaos in US Jewish life due to the Reform Movement, that if you are in Israel, you cannot begin to fathom the calamity. Op-ed.Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer, 18/06/2020 18:47
Netanyahu: Halakhic state? 'Pure and utter nonsense'

Netanyahu: Halakhic state? 'Pure and utter nonsense'

PM mocks Minister Smotrich's remarks on Jewish law in speech to 40 Democratic congressmen. “Some halakhic state. This is ridiculous.”Arutz Sheva Staff, 07/08/2019 22:07
'Freedom of speech does not belong to one side only'

'Freedom of speech does not belong to one side only'

United Right list backs Smotrich, blasting outcry over his latest comments on Jewish law in Israel. "Ugly silencing of the Left."Hezki Baruch, 06/08/2019 12:25
PM approves public gender separation in coalition agreements

PM approves public gender separation in coalition agreements

Before Knesset disbanded, haredi demand was accepted to abolish prohibition on segregation between women and men in public places.Mordechai Sones, 03/06/2019 21:06
What's wrong with a Torah state, MK Liberman?

What's wrong with a Torah state, MK Liberman?

500 million shekels are going to be burnt on the altar of Liberman's ego. The current political system in Israel simply doesn’t work.   Tzvi Fishman, 31/05/2019 15:58
Vaccination is  Pikuach Nefesh

Vaccination is Pikuach Nefesh

I plead that every anti-vaxxer read this critically important pikuach nefesh article.Rabbi.Dr. Aaron Glatt, 11/04/2019 10:51
What does Jewish law say about Shabbat rescue?

What does Jewish law say about Shabbat rescue?

What does Halakha say about Shabbat rescue? Obligatory or only praiseworthy? What to do on Sabbath knowing missing one is no longer alive?Mordechai Sones, 05/03/2019 17:16
Abortion, killing, murder, tearing limbs, and personal responsibility

Abortion, killing, murder, tearing limbs, and personal responsibility

The word “abortion” is very sterile and gentle. It is a term like a “procedure.”  What does an abortion actually entail? Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer, 10/02/2019 11:48
The correct blessing for sushi

The correct blessing for sushi

The issue is one of which brachah (blessing) to make on composite foods when one of the 5 grains is an ingredient. Halakha Hotline, 21/11/2018 06:48
Haredi bureau chief declines handshake with Prince

Haredi bureau chief declines handshake with Prince

During Prince's visit to Pres Residence, haredi bureau chief politely declines handshake for halakhic reasons, bowing slightly instead.Mordechai Sones, 26/06/2018 22:44
Time to rethink Jewish laws of modesty? Think again

Time to rethink Jewish laws of modesty? Think again

Tzni'us, the Jewish ethos of modesty, has been under intense discussion recently. Do we need the traditional manifestations of established tzni'us or should we apply a general definition without them?Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 07/05/2018 16:26
The "shul" I won't  attend

The "shul" I won't attend

Why not? Because I may not. The Orthodox Union name on food is a guarantee that it is kosher. Not so with synagogues. Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer, 23/01/2018 06:26
A shul that calls itself Orthodox cannot violate the Torah

A shul that calls itself Orthodox cannot violate the Torah

When a synagogue congratulates a gay couple, in essence they are saying that current humanistic values are more ethical than God’s law.  Harry Maryles, 05/12/2017 06:59
Hundreds of youth at seminar in memory of Rabbi Shagar

Hundreds of youth at seminar in memory of Rabbi Shagar

Many Anglos have not heard of the brilliant, original thinker who reconciled postmodernity and strict halakhic observance. They soon will.Rochel Sylvetsky, 19/06/2017 22:20
Are some Open Orthodox Rabbis rethinking resistance to intermarriage?

Are some Open Orthodox Rabbis rethinking resistance to intermarriage?

Hard to believe but a recently-ordained YCT graduate has written an artilce positing that Judaism's opposition to intermarriage needs to be overhauled. Opinion.Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 18/06/2017 07:29
'Do not issue stringent rulings that may drive people away'

'Do not issue stringent rulings that may drive people away'

Rishon LeZion calls upon Rabbis to exercise halakhic discretion, take into account that unwarranted stringency repels people.Mordechai Sones, 05/06/2017 21:46
Gay challenge from a Torah perspective

Gay challenge from a Torah perspective

A conference for rabbis dealing with LGBT issues is taking place in Jerusalem. 'We need to see why Hashem assigned us this challenge.'Hezki Baruch, 18/04/2017 13:18
Rabbinate to allow mikveh without attendant

Rabbinate to allow mikveh without attendant

In major decision, Rabbinate ends 3-year saga by allowing women to immerse without attendant.Shai Landesman, 22/06/2016 14:49
Katz Award registration opens

Katz Award registration opens

Four winners who contribute to the application of Halakha in modern Jewish life will receive $25,000.Arutz Sheva Staff, 17/03/2016 23:01
Rabbinical Courts: 'Gett' Movie Demonizes Us

Rabbinical Courts: 'Gett' Movie Demonizes Us

Batei Din offer a harsh review of the film 'Gett', which they compare to the libelous 'Jenin, Jenin.'Gil Ronen, 04/03/2015 13:08
Hundreds Attend Halakhic Conference in Jerusalem

Hundreds Attend Halakhic Conference in Jerusalem

Hundreds attend annual Halakhic conference in Jerusalem; 'Jewish law requires special conduct in all aspects of public life.'Shlomo Pyotrkovsky, Cynthia Blank, 25/12/2014 11:47
Halakhic-Medical Expert Rabbi David Feldman Passes

Halakhic-Medical Expert Rabbi David Feldman Passes

Rabbi Feldman of New Jersey, 'one of the pioneers in medicine and halakha in our generation,' passes away at 85.Arutz Sheva Staff, 02/12/2014 21:59
How Do the Sick and Pregnant Observe Yom Kippur?

How Do the Sick and Pregnant Observe Yom Kippur?

Chief Rabbi Lau explains the ins and outs of the Day of Atonement fast, regarding who can eat and how.Orli Harari, Ari Yashar, 03/10/2014 09:09
How to Observe Shabbat Under Rocket Fire

How to Observe Shabbat Under Rocket Fire

Chief Rabbi Lau releases guidelines to help know what is and isn't permissible on Shabbat under threat of Gaza rockets.Hezki Baruch, Ari Yashar, 11/07/2014 15:44
A Halachic Guide to Yom Kippur

A Halachic Guide to Yom Kippur

Rabbi Baruch Efrati offers a halachic overview of the laws of Judaism's holiest day.Arutz Sheva, 13/09/2013 13:04
"Religious-Zionists More Suitable for Chief Rabbi"

"Religious-Zionists More Suitable for Chief Rabbi"

Former IDF rabbi explains why religious-Zionist rabbis are better suited to make important Jewish legal rulings.Maayana Miskin, 24/07/2013 13:42
Writing Responsa Online: Benefits and Pitfalls

Writing Responsa Online: Benefits and Pitfalls

Rabbis and teachers who answer questions on Jewish law on the Internet gathered to discuss their work and the challenges they face.Yoni Kempinski, 11/02/2013 09:01
Preventing Future Prisoner Deals

Preventing Future Prisoner Deals

If an enemy of Israel takes a hostage, we must go to battle for him, otherwise they will step-up their efforts to strike at us. Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 29/10/2011 19:56
Israeli Judges 'Look Down' on Jewish Civil Law?

Israeli Judges 'Look Down' on Jewish Civil Law?

Dr. Aviad Hacohen found that many Israeli judges look down on the use of Jewish law. His college offers an alternative.Elad Benari, 15/08/2011 01:14
Circumcision Ban? Not so Fast

Circumcision Ban? Not so Fast

Superior Court Judge Giorgi puts a spoke in the wheel of the San Francisco anti-circumcision proposal.David Ben Yacov, 28/07/2011 20:27
Rabbi Melamed Publishes New Book

Rabbi Melamed Publishes New Book

Hundreds took part this week in the launching of two new volumes of the practical halakhic series Peninei Halachah by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed.Elad Benari, 11/02/2011 05:07
IDF Technology and Jewish Law

IDF Technology and Jewish Law

IDF Rabbinate and Technology Conference: Technological developments which solve problems that contradict religious observance during army serviceYoni Kempinski, 03/11/2010 13:25
IDF Unveils Shabbat Phone

IDF Unveils Shabbat Phone

The IDF rabbinate has developed a device that will allow soldiers to speak on the telephone without Shabbat desecration.Maayana Miskin, 03/07/2010 21:38
The Prohibition Against Smoking

The Prohibition Against Smoking

What does Jewish law have to say about smoking? Is it permissible or forbidden?Rabbi Eliezer Melammed, 25/06/2010 09:53
16-Year-Old May Not Marry

16-Year-Old May Not Marry

A court has turned down a request by two sets of parents who want their children to marry even though the prospective bride is not yet 17.Hillel Fendel, 08/07/2009 11:26