19 08, 2013

If married civilly a Jewish divorce is unnecessary

By |2013-08-19T00:23:41-07:00August 19th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                            By Israel Drazin    In “A Message to the New Chief Rabbis,” in the Jerusalem Post of August 16, 2013, the prominent Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, chief rabbi of Efrat, reports the halakhic (Jewish legal) ruling of the highly respected Rav Moshe Feinstein. Rav Feinstein addressed the question: do wives and husbands need a get, [...]

23 08, 2011

Did Rabbi Slolveitchik make a mistake?

By |2012-06-05T04:29:35-07:00August 23rd, 2011|Thoughts|

               One of the great tragedies of Judaism is the way that it handles divorces. The rabbis interpreted the Torah to state that only men can initiate marriages and divorces. Thus if a woman wants a divorce but her husband refuses to give it to her, she is chained (Hebrew, aguna) to her husband forever. [...]

23 08, 2011

There is a need for change

By |2011-08-23T06:03:54-07:00August 23rd, 2011|Book Reviews|

The God Who Hates Lies Confronting & Rethinking Jewish Tradition By David Hartman with Charlie Buckholtz Jewish Lights Publishing, 2011, 192 pages               David Hartman points out that Modern Orthodox Judaism has in many respects been frozen in suspended animation, refusing to budge and grow despite moral imperatives and logic, resulting in many people [...]