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Non-Israeli Orthodox Conversions in Israel

May 27, 2006

Technorati Tags: Judaism, conversion, Israel, aliyah A few days ago Rabbi Lazer Brody, a Breslover rabbi in Israel who has an interesting blog posted the following: "For the many of you who are writing and asking, I am strongly opposed to the Israeli Government Rabbinate’s position of not recognizing the conversions of all certified...
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Bamidbar 5766 — The Da Vinci Code, 603,550 men in the desert, and heresy

May 26, 2006

The DaVinci code is a heretical movie. At least from the point of view of the Catholic church. From a Jewish perspective, on the other hand, if the DaVinci Code’s take on Jesus is correct, it would make Jesus a figure much more acceptable to Jews. In case you’ve been living in a cave...
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Reflections on Aliyah

May 23, 2006

Technorati Tag: aliyah After hearing or reading my talk on how aliyah is a mitzvah (click here to read), I heard from several people with questions…like: so if it’s not because it’s a mitzvah, why ARE you making aliyah?  Aren’t you worried about the situation there?  Where are you going to live and what...
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Behar-Bechukotai 5766 –is it a mitzvah to make aliyah?

May 19, 2006

“And the Lord spoke to Moses in Mount Sinai, saying, Speak to the people of Israel, and say to them, When you come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath to the Lord.” Leviticus 25:1-2 The land keeping a sabbath refers to the shmittah year. Once every...
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Emor 5766 — Intermarriage

May 17, 2006

This week’s parsha orders the Kohen, a priest, not to marry a divorced woman or a convert.  The Conservative movement’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards decided that encouraging endogamy (in-marriage) is so important it was worth overturning a commandment in the Torah. Back in 1950 the intermarriage rate was 6%. In 2000 it...
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Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5766

May 17, 2006

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways… God shows His love for us by giving us rules to live by. In this week’s double parsha of Acharei Mot-Kedoshim we have 79 of the 613 commandments. That’s a lot of rules! …in this week’s D’var Torah I explore the relationship between mitzvot...
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