Archive for December 29th, 2009

The Ethical Problems of Hunting

The rabbis never hunted except with nets or with traps because it still allowed for kosher slaughter, but with regard to the bow and the arrow, or a gun, these methods of hunting rendered an animal a “nevalah” and therefore is not a Kosher manner of slaughter.

Wild animals considered acceptable for food and thus apparently hunted included the hart, the gazelle, the roebuck, the wild goat, the ibex, the antelope, and the mountain sheep (all listed in Deut. 14:5). ...

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How many people really constitute a minyan–and why?

The custom of the minyan is only rabbinic in origin. When examining the minyan’s origins, it is vital we remember that this custom is not something that is etched in stone. However, as a custom, it does have a rich and variegated history that cannot be reduced to a single point of view–nor should it be.

The origin of the minyan is discussed in the Talmud. Some expositions are much more oblique than others  [1], while other suppositions are by ...

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“Let me introduce you to the other members of my gang…”

The New York Post and other newspapers around the country (e.g., The Forward and numerous other Jewish papers) printed a sordid story about a prominent Orthodox rabbi, who plays a major role in approving Orthodox conversions. Evidently this rabbi was caught on tape expressing his infatuation toward a “shiksa” he was converting to Judaism.

That part really didn’t surprise me very much. Many rabbis across denominational lines have oftentimes fallen in love with a gentile woman studying for conversion. It’s been ...

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