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The OU and Women Rabbis: Look Again!

24 Shevat 5777 – February 20, 2017
How do we expand leadership roles and titles that the OU and its Rabbinical Panel recommend while developing and continuing a halakhic conversation about the exact parameters of those roles and titles?

Koren Shavuot Mahzor Reveals Surprise

1 Sivan 5776 – June 6, 2016
"According to the written sources, biblical and post-biblical, there was intense debate as to when Shavuot is celebrated and why."

Beth Din Of America Preparing to Add Female Board Member

16 Heshvan 5775 – November 8, 2014
The Beth Din of America, one of the preeminent rabbinic courts of North America, is preparing to add a female board member, Dr. Michelle...

RCA Issues Statement Regarding Freundel Matter

27 Tishri 5775 – October 20, 2014
The Rabbinical Council of America said that since the arrest last week of Rabbi Barry Freundel of Washington, DC, it has been working assiduously to address the many challenges that its members and their communities now face.

Rabbis, Jewish Gun Club Oppose RCA and OU’s ‘Arbitrary’ Gun Control Support

22 Elul 5774 – September 16, 2014
A dozen rabbis and a Jewish gun club are extremely critical of the position on gun control taken by the RCA and the OU.

NY NCSY, Partners, Launch ‘Virtual Vigil’ of Torah Study, Prayer for Kidnapped Teens

20 Sivan 5774 – June 17, 2014
New York NCSY, the OU, Bnei Akiva and RCA are launching a "virtual vigil" to bring the kidnapped teens home.

Rabbi Michael Broyde Resigns from RCA

9 Adar I 5774 – February 9, 2014
Rabbi Michael Broyde, a prominent Modern Orthodox figure, resigned from the Rabbinical Council of America as a result of the scandal over his use...

Sharansky Supporting Rabbi Avi Weiss vs. Rabbinate, RCA

8 Shevat 5774 – January 8, 2014
At last a sane official in this bizarre tale of Haredim vs. Zionists.

Only Bennett Can Solve the Avi Weiss Conundrum – He Caused It

4 Shevat 5774 – January 5, 2014
Rabbi Avi Weiss is learning the hard way about playing nice with others.

The Rabbinical Council of America and the Orthodox Union “Disappointed” by UN Vote

19 Kislev 5773 – December 2, 2012
On Friday, Nov 30, the RCA and the OU issued the following statement, criticizing the statement made by Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas at...

An Affront To Rabbinic Autonomy

29 Tammuz 5772 – July 18, 2012
Many years ago when I was helping my congregation write a new constitution, I submitted a first draft to an expert who had been involved in setting up new shuls. One paragraph read, “All matters of halacha (Jewish law) will be determined by the congregational rabbi.” Pretty straightforward, I thought.

OU and RCA Call for Prayer and Words of Inspiration in Synagogues this Shabbat

28 Adar 5772 – March 21, 2012
The Orthodox Union and the Rabbinical Council of America urge their member synagogues and member rabbis to respond to this time of formidable challenge for Jews around the world with programs of tefilla and divrei hitorerut, prayer and words of inspiration, in a manner appropriate to the severity of the situation.

RCA Parley To Address Women’s Leadership Roles

7 Iyyar 5770 – April 21, 2010
With a high-profile discussion scheduled on women's leadership and two proposed rules aimed at marginalizing rabbis who deviate leftward on hot-button issues, an upcoming Orthodox rabbinical conference is expected to draw its largest crowd in years.

RCA Parley To Address Women’s Leadership Roles

With a high-profile discussion scheduled on women's leadership and two proposed rules aimed at marginalizing rabbis who deviate leftward on hot-button issues, an upcoming Orthodox rabbinical conference is expected to draw its largest crowd in years.

‘Pretty Worth It In The End’: An Interview With Dominican-American Convert Aliza Hausman

9 Nisan 5770 – March 24, 2010
Have you read the blog Jewminicana? If you have, you are already familiar with Aliza Hausman, a recently converted Dominican-American blogger. She blogs about her childhood, upbringing, conversion, and a wide range of other topics. She and her husband, a semichah student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, also speak about life as a religious interracial couple.

Rabbi Avi Weiss Backs Off ‘Rabba’ Title ‘For Sake Of Peace’

24 Adar 5770 – March 10, 2010
Just a few weeks after declaring Sara Hurwitz a "rabba" in order to "make clear" her status as "a full member of our rabbinic staff," Rabbi Avi Weiss promised the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) that neither he nor his Yeshivat Maharat will confer that title on any other woman.

‘You Can’t Allow The Nation To Be Divided’ – An Interview With Chief Rabbi...

15 Av 5769 – August 5, 2009
The Jewish Press spoke last week with Rabbi Shlomo Amar, Israel's Sephardi chief rabbi since 2003, on the contentious issue of conversion to Judaism.

Jewish Community Acts To Tackle Economic Crisis

10 Shevat 5769 – February 4, 2009
America has been hit by what is likely the worst financial crisis since The Great Depression. Many Jewish communities have been hit hard, with a staggering number of families struggling with joblessness.

Intense Debate Follows Orthodox Rabbi’s Presence At D.C. Service

3 Shevat 5769 – January 28, 2009
A prominent Manhattan rabbi is defending his decision to participate in last week's National Prayer Service.

Intense Debate Follows Orthodox Rabbi’s Presence At D.C. Service

A prominent Manhattan rabbi is defending his decision to participate in last week's National Prayer Service.

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