Author: <span class="vcard">Josh</span>

Rabbi Yuter’s shiurim go on Passover hiatus with a discussion about fire and Shabbat. Laws of Shabbat 17

Laws of Shabbat

Still catching up…. Laws of Shabbat 16

Laws of Shabbat

Apologies for the delays in posting, catching up with past shiurim now… Laws of Shabbat 15

Laws of Shabbat

Dear Friends and Loyal Readers,
In shul this past Shabbat I formally announced my intentions to the community to step down as Rabbi of The Stanton St. Shul with the intentions of making Aliyah this summer. 1 For those who know me the decision to make Aliyah itself should not be surprising. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while, my immediate family is all there, and of course it’s a religious obligation. 2 But making Aliyah is still a huge step. It’s probably the only time where you can give up a career, family, friends, security, and the entire life you knew for a completely uncertain future and people will still wish you “Mazal Tov” for doing so. 3 The question for me is less a matter of “why” than it is “why now?”

Notes:

  1. Ideally on the August 11th Nefesh B’Nefesh charter flight from JFK, though I’ve learned from experience nothing is final until it’s in writing.
  2. See M. Ketubot 13:11 and B. Ketubot 110b. For an interesting halakhic fact, according to Rabbinic Judaism the halakhic consequence for a woman not wanting to make Aliyah with her husband is that she gets divorced and loses her entitlement to her husband’s estate as defined in her ketubah. This is the exact same consequence if a married woman goes out without a head covering (M. Ketubot 7:6). While it is undoubtedly easier to put on a hat than it is to move to another country, women’s head covering has ironically become an identifier of religious commitment among Orthodox Jews, at least in America.
  3. Tell your parents you’re going to become a rodeo clown and see how that works.

Personal

I can’t believe it’s been three years since I last did a pre-Purim Poem. Anyway, I dug deep for this year’s sermon and I even upped the complexity beyond the simple rhyming couplets.
Even manged to throw in some bilingual rhymes again too. I love those.

Shtick

This class covers Chapter 10 of Maimonides Laws of Shabbat. Laws of Shabbat 14

Laws of Shabbat

Current Jewish Questions

Current Jewish Questions Rabbinic Thought and Theology

This class covers Chapter 9 of Maimonides’ Laws of Shabbat. Laws of Shabbat 13

Laws of Shabbat

Current Jewish Questions Rabbinic Thought and Theology