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OU Opens Doors to Women Leaders

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Last week, in a message to its hundreds of member rabbis and synagogue affiliates, the Orthodox Union (OU) made a statement regarding women and leadership positions in synagogue life. Citing extensive research of a rabbinic commission, and releasing its 17-page rabbinic response concurrently, the OU concluded that its...

Jewish Day Schools Are Uniquely Able to Deliver an Exceptional Education for Today

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In Proverbs we are taught: “Raise a child according to his inclination.” It is a lesson for the ages, with particular relevance for educators and parents today.

It inspires us as Jewish day school educators (and as parents) to truly know and understand each child, to allow his or her unique talents and interests to be our guide as we help young students learn through pursuit of the genuine passions that make learning accessible and enjoyable.

“The beauty of Jewish day school is that it can bring the best of our tradition together with the cutting edge in education,” I often tell prospective and current parents. Yes, we teach Hebrew, Chumash, Navi, Mishna and Gemara, and our...

Emunah of America Participates in Leadership Mission and 10th World Emunah Convention in Israel

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A delegation of senior figures in Emunah of America attended World Emunah’s 2017 Leadership Mission in Israel, and represented the U.S. at the movement’s 10th Annual Convention this week. The delegation, which included women from across the country, was led by Karen Spitalnick, national president of Emunah of America, from Great Neck, New York.

During the visit, the group met with Israeli political and social leaders in various fields, and was briefed by Minister of Education Naftali Bennett and Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely. They also conducted visits to Emunah institutions across Israel and witnessed some of the ground-breaking work and services offered to children and...

Landsmanschaft Organization Publishes English Translation of Yizkor Book

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The United Zembrover Society, a landsmanschaft organization of Jews from the town of Zambrow, has published an English translation of its Yizkor book, “The Book of Zambrow” (Sefer Zambrow). Published in Yiddish and Hebrew in 1963, “The Book of Zambrow” is a memorial book to prewar Jewish life in the eastern Polish town of Zambrow. The translation brings its pages to a new generation of readers. A print run of 200 books has nearly sold out. The translation project was overseen and edited by Chanan Kessler, a Riverdale resident whose grandfather left Zambrow in 1920.

Sefer Zambrow was one of some 1700 Yizkor books published after the Second World War, and it was assembled by those...

The Halachic Plight of the Modern-Day Agunah

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Reviewing Rabbinic Authority: The Vision and the Reality. By A. Yehuda Warburg. (2017) Urim Publications. 384 pages. Hardcover. ISBN-10: 965524251X.

“Rabbinic Authority: The Vision and the Reality” is the third in a series of volumes that deal with an introduction to the scope of halachic divorce in general and the workings of the institution of the beit din (rabbinic arbitration) dealing with the modern day agunah in particular.

In this work, Rabbi A. Yehuda (Ronnie) Warburg presents nine rulings in cases of Jewish family divorce that he handed down as a member of a beit din panel as well as essays dealing with the propriety of a conditional divorce, a divorcee’s relief from...

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