Today is August 2, 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
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
The goal of the YCT curriculum is to train rabbis to be talmidei chakhamim, poskim and spiritual leaders serving the Jewish community in different capacities. YCT rabbis draw deeply from Torah to engage openly the challenges that the modern world presents to a life of religious meaning, faith and Jewish identification.… Read the rest
By Joshua Flanders
In Chicago’s large Orthodox Jewish community, Rabbi Ari Hart stands out.
As a leader at Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue in Skokie, Illinois, Hart focuses on the roles of women within their community, inclusion of LGBTQ individuals, and other accessibility issues as simple as welcoming different styles of worship.… 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
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
Over a hundred distinguished guests, including academics, lay leaders, Jewish communal professionals, and mental health professionals packed into the seventh floor of the Manhattan JCC on Thursday, December 1. They were there to celebrate the launch of an important new book, The Art of Jewish Pastoral Counseling: A Guide for all Faiths, on the importance of pastoral counseling for rabbis and clergy – of all denominations – written by Dr.… Read the rest