Category: Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava

Fundamentals of Judaism Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava Sermons, Lectures, and Divrei Torah

Confronting Chosenness Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava

Fundamentals of Judaism Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava Sermons, Lectures, and Divrei Torah

Fundamentals of Judaism Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava

Confronting Chosenness Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava

Fundamentals of Judaism Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava

Confronting Chosenness Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava Lectures Sermons, Lectures, and Divrei Torah

Jewish Law / Halakha Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava Lectures Politics of Exclusion in Judaism

An Orthodox colleague recently created a controversy after writing a blog post explaining why he no longer recites the blessing shelo asani isha – thanking God for not creating him as a woman. Several Orthodox rabbis criticized this position for various reasons with one even questioning the author’s right to call himself “Orthodox,” ostensibly for deviating from the traditional liturgy through his omission. In the grand scheme of Orthodox Jewish history this rabbi’s personal choice is relatively trivial. However, in the subsequent squabbling over one rabbi’s legitimacy, the Orthodox rabbinate inadvertently exposes the inherent cognitive dissonance prevalent in the contemporary Orthodox community.

Jewish History Jewish Law / Halakha Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava Judaism

Jewish History Jewish Law / Halakha Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava Politics of Exclusion in Judaism