An Orthodox Response to the Conversion Bill

Here is an interesting article opposing the Conversion Bill from an Orthodox perspective. He essentially makes the same argument that the Reform and Conservative movements have been making: that the bill places a disproportionate amount of power into the hands of the Haredi rabbinate. His beef is that it doesn’t include Modern Orthodox/Religious Zionist rabbisContinue reading “An Orthodox Response to the Conversion Bill”

Watch Anat’s Arrest at the Kotel

For those who haven’t seen it yet, here is the video of Anat Hoffman’s arrest at the Kotel for carrying a Torah scroll.  Looks eerily like images of the 1960s Civil Rights movement. Notice some of the women (including Anat) wearing thair tallitot wrapped around them like a scarf. This is because some women haveContinue reading “Watch Anat’s Arrest at the Kotel”

CCAR Statement on Anat Hoffman’s Arrest at the Kotel

The Central Conference of American Rabbis (the body of Reform rabbis in America) released this statement regarding the arrest of Anat Hoffman at the Kotel yesterday: CCAR STATEMENT ON THE ARREST OF ANAT HOFFMAN July 12, 2010 The Central Conference of American Rabbis, the world’s oldest and largest rabbinic association, looks with shock and revulsionContinue reading “CCAR Statement on Anat Hoffman’s Arrest at the Kotel”

A Bad Day for Pluralism in Israel

There is a country where a woman can be arrested for holding a Torah scroll. Where the government limits, and sometimes outright prohibits, Jews’ ability to engage in basic religious rituals like conversion and marriage. That country – believe it or not – is Israel. And today was not a good day for the battleContinue reading “A Bad Day for Pluralism in Israel”