Comprehensive interview with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin in Israeli media

A recent detailed interview with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin appeared in the original Hebrew in Makor Rishon earlier this month, with select paragraphs translated into English below.   Partial translation of Rabbi Riskin’s interview “If I could ask God one thing, I would ask: How is it possible that the Talmud is the most pluralistic piece …

Reflections on the Agunah Crises by Rabba Sara Hurwitz

Featuring: Rabbi Michael Chernick Responses by: Rabbi Elliot Dorff Rabba Sara Hurwitz Rabbi Daniel Siegel Rabbi Mark Washofsky Rabbi Deborah Waxman By Rabba Sara Huriwtz Co-Founder and President of Yeshivat Maharat In 1776 , in Germany, a young man named, Isaac, son of Eliezer Neiburg of Mannheim, was engaged to marry Leah, daughter of Jacob …

Social justice, rather than immutable precedent, must govern the civic life of Jewry

Featuring: Rabbi Michael Chernick Responses by: Rabbi Elliot Dorff Rabba Sara Hurwitz Rabbi Daniel Siegel Rabbi Mark Washofsky Rabbi Deborah Waxman By Rabbi Deborah Waxman President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College / Jewish Reconstructionist Communities The ongoing existence of agunot in the aftermath of World War I and the inadequate responses of modern rabbinical authorities to the …

RRFEI Special Edition: Articles on Halakhic prenuptial agreements

Featuring: Rabbi Michael Chernick Responses by: Rabbi Elliot Dorff Rabba Sara Hurwitz Rabbi Daniel Siegel Rabbi Mark Washofsky Rabbi Deborah Waxman   Dear Friends, This special series of RRFEI articles features an original work by Orthodox Rabbi Michael Chernick, Professor Emeritus of Rabbinic Literature at HUC-JIR, New York, with responses from Rabbis Mark Washofsky, Elliot …

Halakhic Pre-Nuptial Agreements: Why Are They Needed? How Do They Work? Do They Work Here and Abroad?

Featuring: Rabbi Michael Chernick Responses by: Rabbi Elliot Dorff Rabba Sara Hurwitz Rabbi Daniel Siegel Rabbi Mark Washofsky Rabbi Deborah Waxman   By Rabbi Michael Chernick Professor Emeritus of Rabbinic Literature HUC-JIR/New York Background In its discussion of divorce in Deuteronomy 24:1-2 the Torah frames the entire procedure in the masculine form. The Sages of …

Three Points on the Halakhic Prenup

Featuring: Rabbi Michael Chernick Responses by: Rabbi Elliot Dorff Rabba Sara Hurwitz Rabbi Daniel Siegel Rabbi Mark Washofsky Rabbi Deborah Waxman By Rabbi Mark Washofsky Solomon B. Freehof Professor of Jewish Law and Practice HUC-JIR/Cincinnati Rabbi Michael Chernick, my colleague at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, has offered a comprehensive and thorough summary of …

A Conservative Response to the Orthodox Prenuptial Agreement

Featuring: Rabbi Michael Chernick Responses by: Rabbi Elliot Dorff Rabba Sara Hurwitz Rabbi Daniel Siegel Rabbi Mark Washofsky Rabbi Deborah Waxman   By Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Chair Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards Rabbi Chernick has done a masterful job in describing the prenuptial agreement now in use in some segments of the …

My concerns with pre-nuptials and civil marriage in Israel as solutions

Featuring: Rabbi Michael Chernick Responses by: Rabbi Elliot Dorff Rabba Sara Hurwitz Rabbi Daniel Siegel Rabbi Mark Washofsky Rabbi Deborah Waxman   By Rabbi Daniel Siegel Founding Director, Integral Halachah Institute ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal (Canada) As a new member of RRFEI, I am honoured by the opportunity to contribute to this learned discussion. …

Judaism can marry modernity to traditional life

For more than a century Jews have debated how to guide the Jewish character of a sovereign Jewish State. Until recently, few thought seriously in terms of national halakhic standards. The Founders envisioned a Jewish ethic, not ritual Jewish practice. In Anita Shapira’s 2014 book, Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel, she writes: Just before the …

Israel – pushed towards theocracy

Contrasting visions for the State of Israel on matters of religion and state Minister Rabbi Litzman: “Netanyahu either loves the Reform Jews of the Diaspora, or the Haredim of Israel; it’s either-or. There are no two ways about it… The Supreme Court is destroying everything good related to religion & state, and… the only way …