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New rabbinical school in Canada is between Orthodox and Conservative

New rabbinical school in Canada is between Orthodox and Conservative

SAN FRANCISCO — When the opening of a new rabbinical school is announced, the obvious first question for many is: What denomination is it?

In the case of a new yeshiva and rabbinical seminary planned ?for Toronto, the answer isn’t quite clear.

For now, the plan is for the Canadian Yeshiva and Rabbinical School, which calls itself “traditional yet modern,” to open fully by 2012.

The idea of opening the rabbinical seminary is to train liberal halachic rabbis who will be suited to meet the needs of Canadian Jewry.

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 December 2010 13:19 )

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Naomi Chazan, New Israel Fund leader, speaks

Naomi Chazan, New Israel Fund leader, speaksNAOMI Chazan may not quite look the part of a fighter — but she is one. The president of the New Israel Fund may be articulate and moderate in her way of speaking, dignified and gentle in her demeanor and decidedly liberal in her political beliefs, but she doesn’t scare easily. Her forbearance and fortitude were put to the test nearly a year ago, when one of her staunchest political opponents in Israel — the pro-settler movement Im Tirtzu — took issue with the anti-settlement New Israe...
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The ballad of John and Leon

The ballad of John and LeonLeon Wildes sits in a polished conference room on Madison Avenue, where the walls are festooned with news articles and enlarged photographs of John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and…Leon Wildes. He may not be the fifth Beatle, but it was the legal artistry of this HIAS board member that masterfully secured Lennon’s U.S. residency back in 1976. From the midtown law firm that bears his name, Wildes explains that in 1972 a law school classmate asked him to look into the U.S. government’s case against th...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 December 2010 12:27 )

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New December dilemma: early Chanukah

New December dilemma: early ChanukahCHRISTMAS comes but once a year, on Dec. 25: not Nov. 29, not Dec. 28, but Dec. 25. Chanukah also comes but once a year, on 25 Kislev: not 10 Kislev, not 21 Kislev, but 25 Kislev. While Chanukah is fixed and unchanging according to Judaism’s lunar-based cycle, it’s quite another story on the secular-solar calendar. This year, Jews throughout the world ushered in the first night of Chanukah on Wednesday, Dec. 1 — a mere six days after Thanksgiving. Chanukah’s speedy arrival hinges on ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 April 2014 02:36 )

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A Crypto-Jew’s path of discovery

A Crypto-Jew’s path of discoveryFOR Hadassah Grove, mystery and enigma were lifelong companions. A striking Catholic icon always occupied a prominent place by the threshold of her homes, yet she and her siblings were strictly forbidden from going to church. Besides a vague instruction to pray to “the one G-d” on their own initiative, the children were given no religious instruction. Occasionally, a Christmas tree would appear in the family’s living room, yet her mother preferred to give small presents over the course ...
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