Today is September 23, 2021 / /
In the Name of God, Ruler of the Universe
By Rabbi Ysoscher Katz
Our Rosh Yeshivah, Rabbi Dov Linzer (shlita), was recently asked if women are permitted to function as shelichot tzibur (prayer leaders on behalf of the community) for the recital of the selichot (penitential prayers) and God’s 13 Attributes of Mercy.… Read the rest
By Rabbi Dov Linzer
I was pleased to read the teshuva by Rabbi Ysoscher Katz, shlita, on the issue of women leading selichot, a topic that I addressed in a teshuva last year. Rabbi Katz’s halakhic argument appears in the third and final section of his teshuva. … Read the rest
This newly launched society recognizes our major donors and allows us to share our gratitude in more frequent and meaningful ways for those who give generously to YCT each fiscal year. We hope to create a community of dedicated supporters like you to deepen your engagement and strengthen your connection.… Read the rest
Where in France did you grow up?
I grew up in Strasbourg. It’s in France, near Germany.
What was the Jewish environment like there?
I grew up in an Orthodox environment, so I’ve been learning Jewish texts in a Jewish environment since I was born.… Read the rest
“Rav Ari is a remarkable young man and has been transformative for our community. Can’t imagine what the past many months would have been like without his energy and leadership. Keep cranking out more rabbanim like him!” David Rubin, Skokie, IL
“We couldn’t be more thrilled that Ari has gotten the recognition from Hillel International for the remarkable work he has done over the last three-plus years at Cornell Hillel.… Read the rest
Interview with Rabbi Scott Kalmikoff (’18)
Rabbi Scott Kalmikoff (’18) is a professional genealogist and Global Connections Education Associate at the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.
How did you first become interested in genealogy?
I was about 15 years old when I first became interested in genealogy.… Read the rest
The Semikha program accepts Modern Orthodox male applicants who demonstrate love and dedication to serving the Jewish people, and who posses yirat Shamayim, ahavat haTorah, and ahavat Klal Yisrael. Students should have facility with Gemara and rabbinic texts, overall academic excellence, potential for leadership skills, an open and inclusive orientation, and high moral character.… Read the rest
Why do we need a Kollel for Contemporary Halakhic Studies? Our community needs major poskim and halakhic authorities, ones who have deep and broad Torah and halakhic knowledge and who are fully responsive to the human condition and who are anchored in our community and share its concerns and priorities.… Read the rest
By Rabbi Dov Linzer for The Jewish Forward
The realities of quarantine and sheltering-in-place during these last few months have created challenges for the halakhically-observant community. Halakhic decisors have issued their rulings, responding appropriately and sympathetically to these unprecedented realities.
What has largely been absent, however, is a serious engagement with the person asking the question; sympathetic psak is not the same as collaborative or empowering psak.… Read the rest