Rabbi Josh Yuter addresses biblical solutions to the fundamental question: What Does God Want?
Category Archives: Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava
Posts relating to Jewish Thought in all its forms
Rabbi Yuter’s Confronting Chosenness class concludes the Biblical segment with a discussion of how the Bible expects the Jews/Israelites were supposed to be distinguished from the other nations.
In the third installment Fundamentals of Judaism, Rabbi Yuter explores how God is depicted in the Torah.
Rabbi Yuter discusses the importance of establishing the divine origins of the Torah as the foundational faith underlying Judaism.
Rabbi Josh Yuter’s Confronting Chosenness series continues discussing various biblical covenants and their implications for understanding the nature of Jewish chosenness.
Rabbi Yuter’s new Fundamentals of Judaism class begins by explaining the unique approach we’ll be taking on this intellectual journey.
Rabbi Yuter begins a brand new shiur series titled “Confronting Chosenness” which will discuss Jewish exceptionalism in thought and practice. This first class begins exploring the biblical foundations the Jews being God’s “chosen people”.
Rabbi Yuter discusses the recent controvery of Maharat/Rabba and women serving leadership roles 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.
Rabbi Yuter’s Politics of Exclusion series shifts focus to on Orthodox Judaism’s ethos of preserving traditional gender roles, beginning with the topic of mechitzah vs. separate seating in the synagogue.