Torah

Rabbis condemn Golders Green Synagogue after women hold Torah scroll

By Simon Rocker, November 28, 2013

A United Synagogue congregation which allows women to hold a Sefer Torah has defended itself following an attack from the Orthodox right.

Rabbi Ephraim Padwa, head of the rabbinate of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, had condemned the practice as “Reform-influenced”.

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The golden calf that Orthodoxy must slay

By Rabbi Dr Norman Solomon, October 20, 2013

After most of a century, I still get a thrill every time we recommence the Torah reading at the New Year, because I know it won’t be the same as last year. Partly it’s me — I’ve changed, I’ve learned something in the past year, so the way I read changes.

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Talking about God is the last taboo

By Naftali Brawer, September 4, 2013

There is a telling scene in Joseph Heller’s classic Catch 22 where the idiosyncratic Colonel Cathcart asks his chaplain to come up with a prayer to recite before sending the men on bombing missions. The chaplain suggests a number of sombre psalms which the colonel angrily rejects. “Haven’t you got anything humorous that stays away from waters and valleys and God?” he says.

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Buried in Bury: how a synagogue cast historic Sefer Torah aside

By Simon Rocker, August 21, 2013

A Sefer Torah from a historic Czech collection saved from the Nazis has been buried by a Manchester synagogue without permission from the trust that loaned it.

The London-based Czech Memorial Scrolls Trust is furious at the action of Bury Hebrew Congregation and wants the scroll to be returned.

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The temple of science cannot replace the Torah

By Rabbi Dr Moshe Freedman, August 20, 2013

Those who are trained in philosophy can spot logical fallacies a mile off. From politicians to talk show hosts, debates will often be peppered with deceptive and disingenuous language dressed up to look like meaningful argument. One of the classic fallacies is that of the false dichotomy, which presents two alternative positions as both exhaustive and mutually exclusive.

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Out of the flames comes hope

By Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, July 14, 2013

Fires — and Tishah Be’Av.

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Orthodox feminism must know its limits

By Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet, June 23, 2013

JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, is an organisation that was set up in order to encourage Orthodox women to be able to find more expression within the realm of Orthodoxy and traditional Judaism.

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World’s oldest Torah found - in a library

By Sandy Rashty and Anna Sheinman, May 29, 2013

An Italian university has found the world’s oldest complete Sefer Torah — in its library.

The sheepskin manuscript (below), which could be over 800 years old, has been held in the library of the University of Bologna for over 100 years.

It had previously been examined by an academic at the university in 1889, who mistakenly labelled it as a 17th century text.

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Website provides Torah help for porn addicts

By Anna Sheinman, March 21, 2013

A website has been created to help Orthodox Jews struggling with addictions to porn, sex or masturbation find support in the Torah.

Guard Your Eyes — which bears the slogan ‘Maintaining Moral Purity In Today’s World’ — offers Torah-inspired assistance for those they term “caught in the shmutz”.

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Torah can bloom through the internet

By Rabbi Alex Chapper, March 8, 2013

Why do Jewish people always answer a question with a question?

Why not?

Judaism is a religion of questions and questioning. Abraham, the first Jew, began his first conversation with God by asking a question, Moses, the Jewish people’s greatest leader, asked God to show him His ways and the Talmud, the central text of Judaism, is replete with questions and answers.

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