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The Waning Moon of Elul

By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

September 14, 2014 | 10:32 pm

A couple of years ago I read an essay entitled The ‘Busy’ Trap written by a fellow named Tim Krieder. Although I hadn’t thought about the essay much since then, it came flooding back to... read on

  • There’s Enough Room in the Heart.

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 4, 2014 | 1:04 am

    I know it’s an absurd question.  So I’ll only entertain it for a moment.

    The eighth verse of Eicha (Lamentations) simply and plainly states that the Jews of Judea were themselves responsible for the Destruction of Jerusalem and the Exile from the land.  “Jerusalem sinned... read on

  • My brethren in Gaza by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    July 27, 2014 | 5:48 am

    I feel terrible for the people of Gaza.  They live under the rule of a violent oppressor.  But their oppressor is not Israel, it is Hamas, a terrorist entity whose very name means anger and whose actions seem to so revolve around war and hatred, that they cannot spend adequate... read on

  • Jewish Strength and Jewish Beauty in a Time of War.

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    July 25, 2014 | 12:04 am

    There is no strength like the strength which emanates from one’s moral core. There is no beauty like the beauty which radiates from one’s innermost soul. The Jewish moral core and innermost soul are the ones that have been shaped and formed over thousands of years by the words of... read on

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  • Judaism in the Time of Climate Change

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    May 25, 2014 | 3:44 pm

    A spiritual reflection one of the biggest elephants in our room.

    It’s basic to our religious system that when human life is in danger, we stop and pay attention. This is true not only when human life is clearly and certainly in danger, but also whenever there is a reasonable... read on

  • Hidden meanings in the Passover seder

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    April 10, 2014 | 9:51 pm


    In a few days the Jewish people will celebrate the holiday of Passover.    The central observance of Passover is the seder meal with matza (unleavened bread), maror (bitter herbs), a festive meal, four cups of wine, readings related to the Biblical exodus from Egypt 3500 years... read on

  • Hidden meanings in the Passover seder

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    April 10, 2014 | 9:45 pm

    In a few days the Jewish people will celebrate the holiday of Passover.    The central observance of Passover is the seder meal with matza (unleavened bread), maror (bitter herbs), a festive meal, four cups of wine, readings related to the Biblical exodus from Egypt 3500 years ago,... read on

  • Reflecting on Reflecting – Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    March 27, 2014 | 2:01 pm

    The only way we can discuss prayer is on the basis of self-reflection, trying to describe what has happened to us in a rare and precious moment of prayer. (Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel; The Insecurity of Freedom: Prayer as Discipline pg. 255)

     

    This is the great paradox of... read on

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Our Orthodox Rabbis and an Orthodox Maharat writing about how they see Judaism, Israel, the Jewish People and our world.

Rabbi Hyim Shafner is the Rabbi of Bais Abraham...

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