halacha

ORTHODOX JEWS study Talmud in Budapest in 2012
Is Jewish law frozen or flexible?

In each generation, the author repeatedly stresses, the decisors of that era have the right and responsibility to rule on Jewish law vis-à-vis the specific needs of their communities.

What we can learn from the ‘Ir Nidahat’?

We will focus on the third offense, the ir nidahat, or an entire city that shows disloyalty to God and is condemned to total annihilation.

By NECHAMA GOLDMAN BARASH
13/08/2020
Chief Rabbi: COVID-19 patients can't fast on Tisha B'Av, shorten prayer

"To our sorrow, the plague is intensifying and we need heavenly mercy," wrote Lau.

27/07/2020
What is so special about the religion I believe in?

The Bible’s stories are God’s way of transmitting great ideas through words, images and terms we can understand.

By AHARON E. WEXLER
15/07/2020
Parashat Matot-Masei: What anger does to us

The entrance to the Land of Israel was replete with wars, and this week we read about the war fought against the five kings of Midian.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
15/07/2020
OTS certifies new female halachic authority following landmark ruling

Sapir's certification comes in the wake of a landmark ruling by Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit that the government must give equal recognition to women's Torah studies and men's Torah studies.

07/07/2020
Understanding ‘Na’aseh V’Nishma’ in a post-modern world

The breakdown of authority and the rejection of commitment in post-modern times are posing an unprecedented challenge to the continuity of Jewish tradition.

By RONEN NEUWIRTH
18/06/2020
RABBI DR. Nachum Eliezer Rabinovich passionately believed that every Jew ought to move to Israel.
Celebrating the life and works of Rabbi Dr. Nachum Eliezer Rabinovitch

The Rabbi wrote important halachic rulings on a range of topics including organ donation, surrogate parenthood, birth control, family purity, army service, among others.

A Shabbat service featuring members of the Madrid and Barcelona Reform communities.
Conservative movement allows livestreaming on Shabbat, holidays amid virus

Noting the “unprecedented time” brought on by the virus, the movement’s Jewish law authorities voted Wednesday to allow livestreaming with a number of caveats.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
15/05/2020
THE OLD City comes alive at night during Ramadan.
Ramadan: The time for getting to know each other

‘Ramadan Nights from Jerusalem’ carves out a space for Muslim culture.

14/05/2020
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