From Mourning to Morning

December 13, 2017

From Mourning to Morning

“If only common sense was wise enough to comfort mourners and to cope with the tragedy of death. As a Rabbi and highly respected hospital chaplain, Simeon Schreiber has written an invaluable modern day guide to the perplexed, all those well-meaning friends and relatives who come to bring a measure of consolation to those suffering the loss of a loved one and – because of their lack of knowledge of fundamental psychological insights as well as profound Jewish ideas hallowed by tradition – undo all the good that might be accomplished with a shiva call. I wish everyone who is about to fulfill the great mitzvah of visiting those who grieve their beloved departed reads and then rereads the valuable guidance offered by a masterful practitioner of the art of helping people move from mourning to morning.”

Rabbi Benjamin Blech, Professor of Talmud, Yeshiva University

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Am I My Body’s Keeper? Torah, Science, Diet, and Fitness – For Life

December 10, 2017

 

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Dr. Michael Kaufman, author of the new book Am I My Body’s Keeper (Urim), at the gym

 

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Am I My Body’s Keeper? Torah, Science, Diet, and Fitness – for Life
Hardcover, 332 pages
Urim Publications 2018
ISBN: 978-965-524-266-9

‘Between War and Peace’ Is Not Your Average Rabbinical Biography

December 4, 2017

Review by Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig, Jewish Link of New Jersey

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The hero of this book—Rabbi She’ar Yashuv Cohen, z”l, (1927-2016)—was probably the most influential and greatest Israeli rabbi that you might never have heard of (if you don’t live in Israel). His biography, translated from the original Hebrew edition with an added chapter, makes for fascinating (and at times even amazing) reading. That’s not only because of Read the rest of this entry »


BOOK REVIEW: JEWISH GUIDE TO PRACTICAL MEDICAL DECISION-MAKING

November 20, 2017

Reviewed by Devorah Talia Gordon • 

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When asked to review Rabbi Jason Weiner’s book, Jewish Guide to Practical Decision-Making, I hesitated. Surely my editor had asked the wrong writer. Having almost no medical or halachic knowledge, I imagined the read would be akin to Read the rest of this entry »


Difficulty Revising Historical Attitudes About Gender Equality

November 12, 2017
By AARON HOWARD | Jewish Herald Voice • Thu, Nov 09, 2017
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“For the observant Jew, the Torah is the eternal word of G-d. If one wishes to build a life based on Torah and Halakha, one can go on two paths. One path is the conviction, in the words of Rabbis Ethan Tucker and Michael Rosenberg that “the eternal word of G-d must speak to our contemporary challenges.” This path embodies the idea that Halakha is ever expanding.

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Genesis: ‘From The Heart of a Lion’

October 17, 2017

 

Written by Alan Jay Gerber.

Originally appeared in The Jewish Star on October 8, 2017. 

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One of the most charismatic young rabbis in education today is Rabbi Aryeh Cohen, the Mashgiach Ruchani at the DRS High School in Woodmere. Rabbi Cohen has assembled in book form (“From The Heart of a Lion,” Penina Press) a series of eloquent and timely essays themed to each parasha in Bereshis. The content of each chapter fully lives up to the rabbi’s reputation of combining his analytic learning style with anecdotes relating to life’s experiences.

In Noach, next week’s parasha, Rabbi Cohen relates a personal relationship to demonstrate respect for authority especially in terms of religious reverence and mentorship.

The rabbinical authority in this essay was HaRav Nosson Finkel, zt”l, rosh yeshiva of the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem, who was, in Rabbi Cohen’s words, the “foundation of my life as a Jew.”

The relationship that Rabbi Cohen describes illustrates the author’s style and the greatness of his subject.

“From the time I began to Read the rest of this entry »


Celebrating the Life & Work of Rabbi Dr. Yitz Greenberg

October 15, 2017

Hear Rav Shmuly Yanklowitz explain why you should read A Torah Giant: The Intellectual Legacy of Rabbi Dr. Irving (Yitz) Greenberg – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leFVDubJIlU&feature=youtu.be

 

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A Torah Giant: The Intellectual Legacy of Rabbi Dr. Irving (Yitz) Greenberg

Edited by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz
Foreword by Rabbi Avi Weiss
Introduction by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin