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Partnership Minyanim

Another Look at Partnership Minyanim Rabbi Dr. Alan Kimche The Partnership Minyan permits women to lead parts of the tefilla service, to read from the Torah, to carry it and to get an Aliyah. The women who attend are often uplifted by the experience. All this, and it’s still Orthodox! Is this possibly one of...

Let’s be Honest about Limmud

LET’S BE HONEST ABOUT LIMMUD Rabbi Dr. Alan Kimche By all accounts Limmud is an amazing experience. It’s a residential learning experience for over 2000 participants enjoying a week in the winter which is warm and friendly, interesting and engaging, non-judgemental, open minded, feel-good and politically-correct, -it’s clearly all this and more. But there’s one...

Rabbi Shimeon bar Yochai

Lag b’omer 5771 – some reflections on the profound contribution of R.Shimeon bar Yochai to the understanding of Torah Judaism. He is primarily known in his role as the father of the mystical kabbalistic tradition in Judaism, however R.Shimeon was also known as one of the most prominent Tannaim, authors of the mishna, and a...

Dishwashers on Shabbat

Switching on a dishwashers on Shabbat involves the issur melacha of both ‘havarah’ -creating a fire, and ‘bishul’ – cooking the water. The first question which raises interesting issues is the use of a time switch which is set before Shabbat that will operate it on Shabbat. what are the halachic issues involved in this? Firstly there is...