Halachah in the Modern World

Elliot Dorff Rector 2011

How We Decide Jewish Law

In Conservative Judaism the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards is the body that decides if, when, and how Jewish law should change.

by Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff | 1 Comment
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The Power of Intentional Judaism at the Conservative Yeshiva

I believe the work being done at the CY is one of the true successes of Conservative Judaism. I found the Yeshiva to be a magical Jewish learning utopia made from Jerusalem stone.

by Deborah Pollack | Comments Off on The Power of Intentional Judaism at the Conservative Yeshiva
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Why I Oppose Cremation

One Conservative rabbi shares his reasons for opposing cremation.

by Adam J. Raskin | 1 Comment
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Mixed Blessings

Faced with rising rates of intermarriage, Conservative leaders are searching for new ways to keep interfaith families in the fold. The question is, what exactly should they do?

by Michael Schulson | 2 Comments
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Rice and Beans and Corn, Oh My!

On Passover, these foods remain out of bounds for Ashkenazim, but a rabbinic panel is examining the ban.

by Rabbi Paul Plotkin | Comments Off on Rice and Beans and Corn, Oh My!

What Freedom?

Conventional wisdom holds that the Passover seder is a celebration of our liberation from slavery in Egypt. But the Hagaddah really has a different agenda.

by Rabbi Judah Kogen | 1 Comment
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Loving Tradition Enough to Change It

A rabbi who sat on the committee that approved gay ordination reflects on the decision and how it came full circle at his last congregation.

by Rabbi Myron M. Fenster | 5 Comments
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Same-Sex Ceremonies See the Light of Day

RABBI AVRAM ISRAEL REISNER is one of the authors of two new ceremonies from the Rabbinical Assembly that will add meaning and context to same sex weddings

by Rabbi Avram Israel Reisner | Comments Off on Same-Sex Ceremonies See the Light of Day
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Halachah in the Modern World: Should There Be A Dress Code in Our Synagogues?

What you choose to wear to synagogue should not be an issue for anyone else, admonishes RABBI HILLEL HAYYIM LAVERY YISRAELI

by Rabbi Hillel Hayyim Lavery-Yisraeli | 1 Comment

Acknowleding American Exceptionalism: A Liturgical Proposal

RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER invites all admirers of the United States to add a new Harachaman to Birkat HaMazon

by Rabbi Joseph H. Prouser | Comments Off on Acknowleding American Exceptionalism: A Liturgical Proposal
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