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  • Rabbis differ on whether Congress should censure Trump

    08/26/2017 1:27:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Journal Times ^ | August 26, 2017 | Patrick Leary
    RACINE ó Rabbi Dena Feingold believes President Donald Trump's rhetoric encourages hate speech and she believes House Speaker Paul Ryan has the power to do something about it. The spiritual leader of Beth Hillel Temple in Kenosha, Feingold said as much on Monday night on national television during Ryan's "town hall" meeting, when she asked the Republican congressman whether he would support a resolution to censure the president based on his "many sides" remarks regarding the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, two weeks ago. Ryan said he would not support censure of Trump, calling Feingold's idea "counterproductive." "If we descend this...
  • Chief rabbi in Barcelona advises Jews to flee

    08/21/2017 8:52:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/21/2017 | Thomas Lifson
    Speaking to the†JTA news agency, Rabbi Meir Bar-Hen, the chief rabbi of Barcelona, is giving up on Europe as a safe home for Jews. "Jews are not here permanently," he said of the city and region. "I tell my congregants: Don't think we're here for good. And I encourage them to buy property in Israel. This place is lost. Don't repeat the mistake of Algerian Jews, of Venezuelan Jews. Better [get out] early than late." With North Africans, mostly Muslims, flooding into Spain daily, bringing with them deep, theologically based hatred of Jews, the situation for Jews there can...
  • Sorry, Rabbi Riskin and Rabbi Greenberg Ė Homosexual relations are not permitted by the Torah

    08/11/2017 5:48:57 PM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | August 10, 2017 | Avrohom Gordimer
    In an interview (in Hebrew) that was sharply criticized even by some rabbis who generally identify with him, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin opined that the Biblical prohibition on homosexual relations only applies to one who voluntarily chooses homosexuality, but that one who considers himself wired as homosexual and feels that he can only experience intimacy with another man is exempt from the prohibition. Rabbi Riskin applied the Talmudic axiom of ďones Rachmana patrehĒ ó that the Torah does not hold one accountable for an involuntary act ó as his source for this whopper of a ďheterĒ (halachic leniency). Rabbi Riskinís position...
  • ĎItís About More Than Hummus,í Says UC Riverside Rabbi Leading Fight Against Sabra Boycott

    02/02/2017 6:44:11 PM PST · by SJackson · 61 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 2-2-17 | Rachel Frommer
    A proposed student resolution to ban Sabra company products from the dining hall of a California university ďis about more than hummus,Ē the campus rabbi leading the opposition to the boycott told The Algemeiner. ďPeople ask what the big deal is, because even if the motion does pass the University of California Riverside Student Senate, itís up to administrators to decide what is served at the school,Ē said Chabad on Campus director Rabbi Matisyahu Devlin, ahead of Wednesdayís vote. ďBut Jewish students are afraid; they are disturbed. If the motion passes, the message is clear: We donít want you here,...
  • US rabbi rewrites prayer - to avoid blessing Trump

    01/17/2017 12:30:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 17/01/17 09:11 | David Rosenberg
    With Hollywood celebs, far-left activists, and even some congressional Democrats still unwilling to accept President-elect Donald Trumpís surprise victory in November's democratic elections, disavowing their new Commander in Chief with slogans like ďNot My PresidentĒ and a movement to boycott the inauguration, one prominent left-wing rabbi has found his own unique way to protest the president.Shmuly Yanklowitz, an Open Orthodox rabbi and dean of the Valley Beit Midrash in Phoenix, Arizona, has responded to the election of the 45th President of the United States by rewriting the traditional Shabbat prayer for the US President ó so as to avoid actually...
  • Marvin Hier says heís Ďproudí to be Trumpís inauguration rabbi

    01/05/2017 9:31:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | January 5, 2017 5:06pm | Gabrielle Birkner
    Rabbi Marvin Hier has known Charles and Seryl Kushner ó Jared Kushnerís parents and Donald Trumpís in-laws ó for decades. The Hiers and the Kushners have gone to the same kosher for Passover resort, the Arizona Biltmore, over the years. The Kushner family, prominent real estate developers, have also been generous donors to the Simon Wiesenthal Center founded by Hier, for which he now serves as dean. But the Los Angeles-based Hier said he was shocked three weeks ago when a Trump aide invited him to offer a prayer at the presidential inauguration. The 77-year-old rabbi said he accepted immediately...
  • Conservative group ousts rabbi for performing intermarriages

    12/20/2016 12:33:28 AM PST · by Read Write Repeat · 5 replies
    JTA ^ | December 19, 2016 | Ben Sales
    EW YORK (JTA) Ė Conservative Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom has been expelled from the Rabbinical Assembly, the movementís rabbisí association, for performing interfaith weddings. An ordained Conservative rabbi for 44 years, Rosenbloom was expelled by unanimous vote last month after a hearing of the R.A.ís Executive Council. Since 1972, the Conservative movement has prohibited its rabbis from officiating at or even attending intermarriages. Rosenbloom told JTA the council offered to retain his membership in exchange for a promise not to perform any more intermarriages. Rosenbloom declined the offer.
  • Rabbi Riskin: Trump's victory is a victory for the Jewish people

    11/09/2016 12:23:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | 11/09/16 15:31 | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, the chief rabbi of Efrat and head of and head of the Ohr Torah Stone institutions, said in an interview with Channel 7 that he believes Trumpís victory is auspicious both for the world and for the State of Israel. ďThis is a victory for the Ďcommon American,íĒ he said. ďThe US does not like hypocrisy and is very much in favor of equality and democracy.Ē ďClinton,Ē he said, ďis the opposite of that, and there was a lot of talk about her corruption and the large sums of money she took from special interests, and Trump...
  • 'Go back to Auschwitz'; Rabbinical student assaulted in Florida

    11/26/2015 9:57:34 AM PST · by Lera · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/26 | Cynthia Blank
    Assailant reportedly shouted 'Hitler was right' at 19-year-old rabbinical student before beating him in middle of Boca Raton street. A 19-year-old rabbinical student was verbally and physically assaulted in Boca Raton, Florida last Saturday, according to reports Wednesday. WPTV Channel 5 said the student was walking on 2nd Street when the assailant, riding a blue mountain bike, shouted at him that "Jews should go back to Auschwitz. Hitler was right." The young man, who is studying for his rabbinic ordination at the Boca Raton Chabad center, allegedly then replied: "Why don‚Äôt you come back here and say that?‚ÄĚ The cyclist...
  • BREAKING: Jewish rabbi stabbed by man shouting 'Allahu Akbar' in French religious attack

    08/19/2016 6:30:34 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 29 replies
    The Express (UK) ^ | August 19 | Tom Batchelor
    The attacker, who is understood to have been arrested, shouted the Islamic phrase meaning God is great during the attack, according to reports in French media. The 62-year-old victim, who is described as belonging to the orthodox Hasidic sect, was injured in the attack in the Jewish Quarter, 500 metres from the Great Synagogue of Strasbourg. Named locally as Chalom Levy, he took refuge in a nearby bar befofe being taken to hospital. Mendel Samama, a Strasbourg rabbi who visited him at the hospital, said Mr Levy described surviving the attack as a ďmiracleĒ.
  • NY Rabbi Argues for ĎTransgenderí God

    08/16/2016 6:07:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies ^ | August 15, 2016 | Joseph Pelletier
    PLEASANTVILLE, NY ( - A New York rabbi is claiming God is transgender. In an op-ed published Friday in the New York Times, Rabbi Mark Sameth of the Pleasantville Community Synagogue maintains the Hebrew Bible's "highly elastic" view of gender leaves open the possibility that God Himself is transgender. Citing various examples of pronoun usage found in several passages in Genesis, the rabbi comes to the conclusion that, "counter to everything we grew up believing, the God of Israel ó the God of the three monotheistic, Abrahamic religions to which fully half the people on the planet today belong ó...
  • A Rabbi Claims That God Is Transgender

    08/15/2016 6:46:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 131 replies ^ | August 15, 2016 | Michael Brown
    In an August 12th op-ed piece for the New York Times entitled ¬ďIs God Transgender?,¬Ē Rabbi Mark Sameth claims that ¬ďthe Hebrew Bible, when read in its original language, offers ¬Ďa highly elastic view of gender¬í¬Ē and that, ¬ďCounter to everything we grew up believing, the God of Israel ‚ÄĒ the God of the three monotheistic, Abrahamic religions to which fully half the people on the planet today belong ‚ÄĒ was understood by its earliest worshipers to be a dual-gendered deity.¬ĒAre there any truths to these claims?Certainly not.For Rabbi Sameth, these are issues of social concern and not merely theological...
  • Top rabbis: Unmistakable signs of Messiah coming

    07/20/2016 6:07:01 PM PDT · by amorphous · 82 replies
    WND ^ | 20 July 2016 | WND Staff
    A conversation between two of the most distinguished rabbis in Israel indicates scholars of the Torah see unmistakable signs of the coming of the Messiah. Whatís more, in the Messianic era, Christians will become a source of Torah learning, as believers in Jesus Christ rediscover the source of their beliefs in both Judaism and the Torah. The conversation took place between Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch and Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, both of whom are regarded as leading experts in the Torah. During the conversation, Rabbi Kanievsky reportedly predicted the imminent coming of the Messiah, before the end of the year after the...
  • Ivanka Trumpís rabbi backs out of delivering RNC opening prayer

    07/15/2016 1:44:15 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 57 replies
    NY Post ^ | 07/15/2016 | Bob Fredericks
    A prominent New York rabbi who converted Ivanka Trump to Judaism has backed out of delivering the opening prayer at the GOP convention after critics slammed him for appearing to endorse her father. Haskel Lookstein ó former head of the elite Ramaz School and the former rabbi of Kehilath Jeshurun, a tony Modern Orthodox synagogue on the Upper East Side ó said he backed out because his planned invocation had become too ďpolitical.Ē
  • Dear Ted Cruz, Quit Using 'Judeo-Christian Values' To Exploit My Faith

    02/29/2016 1:52:48 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 64 replies
    The Forward ^ | February 28, 2016 | Rabbi Salomon Gruenwald
    Dear Senator Cruz, As I follow your presidential campaign, Iíve often heard you speak of how your faith informs your policy positions and how the United States is a nation based on what you call ďJudeo-Christian values.Ē Upon winning the Iowa Caucuses, you declared in your victory speech that ďJudeo-Christian values built this nation.Ē The Constitution entitles you to your opinions and religious beliefs and even affords you the right to express those convictions in your pursuit of public office. But as a Jew and a rabbi, I am writing to ask you to please leave me, Judaism and my...
  • A Rabbi's Perspective: Trump, the Pope, and the Bible

    02/19/2016 6:27:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/19/2016 | Rabbi Aryeh Spero
    In response to Donald Trump's call for constructing a wall at our southern border so as to stem the illegal migrations into our country, Pope Francis indicated that Mr. Trump was "not a Christian," since, as the Pope says, "Christians build bridges, not walls." As a rabbi, it is not for me to decide what is Christian, however I can speak to what the Bible says about such matters. Throughout the Bible, certainly the Old Testament, God impels us to do those things necessary for self-defense, those things required to ensure safety from disease, and to protect a nation's borders...
  • Orthodox Rabbis Issue Groundbreaking Declaration Affirming ‚ÄėPartnership‚Äô With Christianity

    12/20/2015 11:45:00 AM PST · by amorphous · 110 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Dec 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    A group of prominent Orthodox rabbis in Israel, the United States and Europe have issued a historic public statement affirming that Christianity is "the willed divine outcome and gift to the nations" and urging Jews and Christians to "work together as partners to address the moral challenges of our era." "Jesus brought a double goodness to the world," the statement reads. "On the one hand he strengthened the Torah of Moses majestically" and on the other hand "he removed idols from the nations," instilling them "firmly with moral traits."
  • 7News obtains photo believed to be teen accused of murdering rabbi

    12/14/2015 7:24:01 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    WSVN (Miami, FL) ^ | December 14, 2015
    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) -- A disturbing photo that may be of a teen accused of killing a rabbi from New York in 2014 was uncovered Monday, by 7News. Law enforcement sources believe it shows Deandre Charles holding a semi-automatic weapon. The photo was obtained from a Facebook page under the name of Papito L. Franklins, which law enforcement sources believe, is a social media nickname used by Charles. The photo and page were both deleted hours after his arrest last week.
  • Far-right settler rabbi: Paris attacks are payback for the Holocaust

    11/16/2015 8:57:17 PM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 28 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/15/2015 | Staff
    A religious Zionist from a Jewish settlement on the West Bank told mourners on Saturday during the funeral of an Israeli father and son gunned down by Palestinian terrorists that the attacks in Paris were deserved due to what Europeans "did to our people 70 years ago." The quote from Dov Lior, the chief rabbi of the Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba, was first reported by the Walla! news agency. "The wicked ones in blood-soaked Europe deserve it for what they did to our people 70 years ago," Lior said.
  • Camel Caravan Stalls Chabad Rabbi at the Dead Sea

    08/23/2015 6:08:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway
    Jewish Press ^ | August 22nd, 2015 | Hana Levi Julian
    Rabbi Shimon Elharar, director of Chabad of Dead Sea, was stopped in traffic by a force greater than his car.Traffic horror stories in Israel are famous, and driving on highways in the Holy Land is reserved only for the brave at heart. It is well known that Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries are among the bravest rabbis in the world, of course. Last week even Chabad of Dead Sea director Rabbi Shimon Elharar met his match, running into a massive ďtraffic jamĒ on the highway alongside the Dead Sea. ďItís not only in Tel Aviv that one has to worry about getting stuck,Ē...