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Judge Kimba Wood FTW

Only in New York. A noted federal judge reinvents the zeved habat/ simchat bat, courtesy of today’s Wall Street Journal: … Bennett Epstein [a Manhattan trial lawyer]… recently asked New York federal judge Kimba Wood to grant him a day’s…

In Defense of Torat Chaim

Rabbi Shai Held has written a beautiful article on chiddush, Jewish authenticity, and gender egalitarianism in response to last week’s Hershel Shachter brouhaha. Here’s an excerpt, but you should read the whole thing. One can recoil at Rav Schachter’s words…

Invisible Disabilities

This is a painful opinion piece from this week’s New York Jewish Week. Devorah Zlochower and Rabbi Dov Linzer are luminaries in the progressive/open Orthodox world. One of them is a beloved former teacher of mine, and maybe of yours,…

Proposals Sought for 7th JOFA Conference

Also, is “halakhic progressive” the new designation for minyanim like Shira Hadasha? Is “partnership minyan” out? JOFA (the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance) invites submissions for its Seventh International Conference on Feminism and Orthodoxy to be held in New York City…

Breaking News: Yeshivat Mahara"t

I just got a huge announcement in a tiny email: We are pleased to announce the opening of Yeshivat Mahara”t, an Orthodox Yeshiva of Higher Learning, founded by Rabbi Avi Weiss of The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale. Yeshivat Mahara”t (Manhiga…

What's Wrong With This List?

As we reported last week, a group of 25 large Conservative synagogues calling themselves HaYom: The Coalition for the Transformation of Conservative Judaism has formed to pressure the USCJ [the congregational arm of the movement] into becoming a “synagogue organization…