23 02, 2014

Pekudei – What is a rabbi?

By |2014-02-23T07:49:16-07:00February 23rd, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                                                Pekudei                                                                      What is a rabbi?[1]     Moses begins a statistical summary of the materials used for the tabernacle in the biblical portion beginning in Exodus 38:21 and ending in Exodus 40:38. Jewish tradition refers to Moses as Moshe Rabbeinu, which can be translated as “Moses our rabbi” or “Moses [...]

14 11, 2011

May women say the mourner’s kaddish?

By |2011-11-14T05:06:30-07:00November 14th, 2011|Book Reviews|

A Daughter’s Recitation of Mourner’s Kaddish By Rahel Berkovits JOFA, 2011, 93 pages   Orthodox Judaism, like American and other judges, makes legal decisions based on precedences, not only on what modern people think is correct. When a question arises, Orthodox rabbis examine what has been said about the matter in the past, and scrutinize [...]