Orthodox

Partnership minyans are not going away

By Dr Miri Freud-Kandel, February 23, 2014

Over the past few months, the term “partnership minyan” or PM, has increasingly been on people’s lips Though rather clunky, it refers to a relatively new concept on the Orthodox prayer scene in which women play a larger role in tefillah.

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PC's world has taken in Torah study

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 20, 2014

Taking advice from rabbis and being the special guest at a strictly Orthodox celebration of Torah study might be surprising highlights of a 30-year career in the police force.

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Segregating men and women is not sexist

By Rabbi Daniel Levy, January 17, 2014

In early 2013, several British universities followed University College London by allowing separate seating for men and women during talks organised by certain Muslim groups.

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Charity ruling spells relief for strictly Orthodox

By Simon Rocker, January 17, 2014

A small Christian congregation has won a two-year battle to gain charitable status in a case which could have had a knock-on effect on strictly Orthodox Jewish groups.

The Charity Commission has finally agreed to register the Preston Down Trust in Devon, which belongs to the Plymouth Brethren sect, after rejecting its application in 2012.

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Orthodox outreach groups join in 'positive' message

By Simon Rocker, January 13, 2014

Leading Orthodox outreach groups this week pledged to work more closely in order to promote “positive authentic Judaism” across the community.

Around 150 rabbis and rebbetzins gathered in Watford on Sunday and Monday for the inaugural Aleinu conference organised jointly by Aish, the Jewish Learning Exchange and Project Seed.

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Appeal against Jewish ambluance service Hatzolah

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 10, 2014

V The Court of Appeal is to decide whether Hatzolah, the Jewish ambulance service, will be banned from using blue lights and sirens in a test case affecting ambulances nationwide.

The Crown Prosecution Service is appealing against the decision by a Greater Manchester district judge in October to throw out prosecutions against two Hatzolah drivers.

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Outreach groups press for Orthodox unity

By Simon Rocker, January 2, 2014

Around 100 Orthodox rabbis from across the country are expected to gather at a conference at the weekend convened at short notice by leading outreach organisations.

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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis deals blow to women over partnership services

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2013

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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has warned rabbis that partnership minyan services - where women can lead prayers - should not be permitted in Orthodox synagogues.

In a message sent to leading rabbis and rebbetzins on Wednesday evening, Rabbi Mirvis said the services were "not something that can take place within our synagogues".

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The holy hippy who got Arabs and Jews dancing

By Rabbi Gideon Sylvester, December 11, 2013

One of the most intriguing rabbinic characters of modern times was Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach; the charismatic outreach pioneer, storyteller, musician and hippy. His colourful career is the subject of a new biography by Natan Ophir.

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Daddy, can mummy light the candles too?

By Rabbi Natan Levy, November 24, 2013

Chanucah can celebrate insomnia. Last year, I returned home late from Trafalgar Square, to awaken a somniferous wife, who asked sleepily: “Why can’t I light for both of us?” Why can’t she? Gentle reader, let me tell you that story.

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