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Living with a Collar Around my Neck

Orel Levi at the Finish Line

Living with a Collar Around my Neck As a young ultra-Orthodox woman of marriageable age, nothing really prepared me for what ensued. Oped by Orel Silam |  August 16, 2019 This year, Tu Be’av – the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Av – marks for me the freedom to love: to love life, …

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Halachic Prenups Increasingly Common in the US; Israel Lags

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Halachic Prenups Increasingly Common in the US; Israel Lags Advocates of such agreements argue that this extra financial burden is a strong motivating factor for recalcitrant partners to grant a divorce. By Jeremy Sharon | March 20, 2019 Some 84% of Modern Orthodox rabbis in the US ensure that couples they marry sign a halachic …

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“No one should be an aguna for even one day”

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“No one should be an aguna for even one day” Organization for wives with recalcitrant husbands aims to bring awareness to plight By Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman | March 20, 2019    Leah is a kindergarten teacher from the Golan. She was beaten for nearly all of her 21-year marriage. But when she filed for divorce, her …

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Do we love our daughters less than they do theirs?

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Do We Love Our Daughters Less Than They Do Theirs?  This week, we mark International Aguna Day, traditionally held on Ta’anit Esther, the fast on Purim eve. (An aguna is a Jewish woman who is “chained” to her marriage.) BY KENNETH BRANDER |  MARCH 13, 2019 “All the books of the prophets and all the holy …

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Professional Women in Halacha

Proffesional Women in Halacha  Part Two in the series on the phenomenon of women’s leadership and learning in Orthodoxy in Israel – in which three women describe their journey in answering the call to Torah. By Shoshanna Keats-Jaskoll –  February 21, 2019 | Jerusalem Post Magazine  The women who study Torah are as unique and …

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Freedom is not with the Rabbinical Court

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  Freedom is not with the Rabbinical Court By Pnina Omer –  Jerusalem Post Oped, 10/6/2018 In a recent column, USA based attorney Alan Dershowitz protested the detainment of a US citizen in Israel, a citizen whose sole crime, according to Dershowitz, is the fact that he happens to have a son who refuses to give a religious …

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Pittsburgh Strong

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Pittsburgh Strong According to statistics released by the FBI, of the approximately 3,000 hate crimes committed against religious groups in the US in 2016, more than half were committed against Jews. By Rabbi Kenneth Brander | October 31, 2018 A whirlwind of emotions has swept up Jews worldwide in the wake of the shocking and …

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‘The Islands will Rejoice!’

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    ‘The Islands will Rejoice!’ Psalm 96 comes alive for the writer, who recounts her joyous journey on ‘shlihut’ in Papua, as an emissary of the Ohr Torah Nidchei Yisrael project.  By Nili Salem B’Simcha – September 28, 2018 When the email was returned, we learned that the shlihut (emissary) opportunities to work with the …

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The Message and its Messenger

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The Message and its Messenger We have the opportunity to become the “authors” of the prayers we read and the Torah we study through internalizing their messages and personifying their ideals. By Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander – September 4, 2018 With the long days of summer winding down, we can anticipate the swelling of our synagogue …

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Living in hope and in limbo

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Living in Hope and in Limbo Their hearts are in Israel; their bodies remain in Ethiopia. Will the story ever have a happy ending? by Maayan Hoffman August 31, 2018 Photos by Marc Israel Sellem Getachew Gebrei described his new yeshiva as a “light of Torah – wow!” Gebrei, an engineering student, is one of …

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The Disintegration of the Chief Rabbinate

The Disintegration of the Chief Rabbinate

July 4, 2018 The Disintegration of the Chief Rabbinate by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin   From the very beginning of the establishment of our Jewish state, it certainly was assumed that the institution of the Chief Rabbinate would have control over the religious services provided by the state: marriage and divorce, kashrut and conversion, at the very …

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