Fasting for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women when 9 Av Postponed to Sunday: Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Rimon

I've written several posts about Jewish law regarding fasting for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. Yesterday, in the alon "Shabbat beShabbato," Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Rimon of the Machon LeHalachah UleHoraah and head of the Beit Midrash (study hall) at Machon Lev, discussed a special case that occurs … [Read more...]

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Update: Offer Rescinded. Indicted Sex-Offender Ezra Sheinberg Awaiting Trial; May Move to Kibbutz Hafetz Hayim

Update: Rabbi Horowitz rescinded the offer. Public pressure works. Often, it is the only thing that works. The only question remains, will parents be willing to keep their daughters in the school under Horowitz's management, or will they demand that he be fired, as some parents have … [Read more...]

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From ‘Pasuk’ to ‘Pilpul’ to ‘Pesak’: Evolution of Women’s Leadership in Orthodoxy

This article appeared in the "In Jerusalem" supplement of the Jerusalem Post on June 10, 2016. Reprinted with permission. From ‘Pasuk’ to ‘Pilpul’ to ‘Pesak’: The Evolution of Women's Leadership in Orthodoxy By Hannah Katsman Discrepancies between men’s and women’s education disturbed Rabbanit … [Read more...]

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No More Kiss and Goodbye: The “Zero Separation” Revolution

This article first appeared in the Jerusalem Post's "In Jerusalem" supplement on Friday, April 8. Reprinted with permission.  Tapping into two issues affecting the hospital experience of young parents: the quality of care for the mother and newborn, and patients’ rights • By HANNAH KATSMAN When … [Read more...]

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Expanding Minds and Grappling with Pluralism in the Arava

This article first appeared in the Jerusalem Post "Metro" section on February 26, 2016. Reprinted with permission Expanding minds and grappling with pluralism in the Arava By Hannah Katsman Nobel Prize-winning chemist Dan Shechtman, former education minister Shai … [Read more...]

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Guest Post: Rehabilitating the Reputation of Rabbi Tully Bryks

In December, 2014, I posted about the attempt by Rabbi Tully Bryks to start a new seminary. It was one of my most controversial posts ever, as Bryks has many supporters among the English-speaking community here in Israel who feel that an injustice has been done.   Ever since then, my friend … [Read more...]

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Interview with Yeshiva University President Richard Joel

After the event on Modern Orthodox education sponsored by YU in Israel, I was able to interview President Joel. The interview appeared in the Jerusalem Post's "In Jerusalem" supplement on February 2, 2016 and is reprinted with permission. After the panel, In Jerusalem spoke with president Richard … [Read more...]

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Modern Orthodox Education: Cholent, YouTube, and Girls Jumping over the Line

A few weeks ago, I covered an event sponsored by Yeshiva University in Israel for the Jerusalem Post's In Jerusalem. The report appeared on Friday, February 2, and is reprinted with permission.  Click here to see my interview with President Joel. Yeshiva University Tackles the Modern Questions By … [Read more...]

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Help with Israeli Baby Names: December 2015

Here are a few queries I've received regarding baby names. You may also enjoy the update of my Nameberry post on Chanukah baby names, and this Wall Street Journal post by Aviya Kushner on the difficulties of translating Hebrew names in the Bible. Please share ideas for these readers! First … [Read more...]

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“Get” Laws from around the World

According to Jewish law, a divorce must be given by the husband's free will. Occasionally the husband holds the "get", or Jewish divorce decree over his wife's head in order to obtain a better custody or property arrangement, or to punish her. This leads to situations in which a wife has obtained a … [Read more...]

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