Rabbi Yosef Blau on Religious Justifications for Abuse

Rabbi Yosef Blau

This is the second installment of a report on the Tahel conference entitled, "The Jewish Community Confronts Violence and Abuse." In part one, Rabbi Yuval Cherlow addressed the question, "Is Religion the Solution or the Problem?" Rabbi Yosef Blau, spiritual supervisor for Yeshiva University and a … [Read more...]

Violence and Abuse in the Jewish Community: Is Religion the Solution or the Problem?

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Part II: Rabbi Blau on Religious Justifications for Abuse On December 1, 2014, I attended the first day of "The Jewish Community Confronts Violence and Abuse." The three-day conference in Jerusalem, sponsored by the Tahel Crisis Center for Religious Women and Children, focused mainly on spousal … [Read more...]

Israeli Girl Baby Name Help, December 2014

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I got this name request a while ago while I was having some trouble with my site and had to switch to a new host. I hope it's not too late for this mom :) Hi, I stumbled upon your blog when I was researching baby names. After reading for a bit I have come to understand that you seem to really be an … [Read more...]

Rabbi Who Installed Hidden Cameras in Dorm to Open New Seminary

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In May, 2013, Haaretz reported that Rabbi Tully Bryks, director of the Bar-Ilan overseas program, was forced to resign after installing hidden cameras in the hallways of the girls' dormitories. The surveillance cameras were discovered within hours by several stunned students living in adjacent … [Read more...]

Alarming Mortality Rates for Premature Babies in Israel

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To mark World Prematurity Day, the Israel Forum for Prematurity released a report on the care of premature babies in Israeli hospitals. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich summarized the findings for the Jerusalem Post, stating that "The death rate of premature babies in Israel remains twice as high as that in … [Read more...]

Rosh Hashanah Survival Guide–Updated for 2014/5775

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I first wrote the checklist below seven years ago. I'm republishing it as a new post, for the second time. I've also set up a page with the best posts about Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot. Some of the tips below only apply when Rosh Hashanah is on Shabbat or leads into Shabbat. Don't … [Read more...]

How to Make 550 Shidduchim

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In yesterday's Makor Rishon, Yael (Freund) Avraham published an entertaining interview with matchmaker Tova Schmessian. Despite being bedridden because of paralysis, she has fixed up some of the most hopeless prospects and made 550 matches over the last 40 years. Many of her clients have … [Read more...]

Lev Tahor Members in Guatemala Contracted Typhus

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Back in April, I wrote about the squalid conditions of the Lev Tahor members who fled Ontario, Canada, to the small town of San Juan la Laguna in Guatamala beginning in March of this year. They chose the particular town because of a small community of locals, known as Torat Jesed, who observe Jewish … [Read more...]

Sex Offender Elon at Event with City Chief Rabbi, Children

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On my way to my daughter's elementary school to pick up schoolbooks for next year, I spotted this flyer. It seemed fresh, although the event was scheduled for several weeks ago. Here is a translation: On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, Rabbi Mordechai Elon will give a talk and G-d-willing merit all of us, … [Read more...]

21 Ways to Help Israel

Naomi Feinmesser

The following guest post was contributed by Naomi Feinmesser. Israel is at war, and over the last few weeks, I have received requests from across the globe from friends, family, friends of friends and friends of family, asking me if I know any ways that they can help Israel in her time of need. … [Read more...]