So if life is ever changing, and we are always changing, what can we rely upon? Can we accept that the nature of life is change, and discover God within that change?
Da’at Torah, the notion that leading decisors can issue binding opinions on matters outside the scope of halakha, or Jewish law, is a central concept that distinguishes Hareidim from the Modern Orthodox. The former accept da’at Torah as a given; the latter do not.
Modern/Open Orthodoxy has emerged as the new, bold, and dynamic trend in the United States and Israel. It synthesizes Orthodoxy’s commitment to Jewish law, memory, and tradition with the social reality it happens to inhabit.
Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo is the Founder and Dean of the David Cardozo Academy and the Bet Midrash of Avraham Avinu in Jerusalem. Author of 14 books and numerous articles in both English and Hebrew, his latest book is Jewish Law as Rebellion: A Plea for Religious Authenticity and Halakhic Courage (Urim Publications), Jerusalem/New York, 2017. This article is an excerpt from this book.
To our members and friends,
Our Campus Fellows throughout North America and Canada continue to develop meaningful programming that brings together a wide variety of Jewish students to discuss issues of relevance under the banner of our Institute. Please read about the many and diverse programs they are running and leading!
Rabbi Hayyim Angel
National Scholar, Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals
At least since the sixteenth century, Purim celebrations have included costumes and masquerade parties. Various explanations have been given.
We continue to reach thousands of people annually through our National Scholar program, combining classes, teacher trainings, and publications to promote the core values of our Institute.
There are several upcoming classes and programs in February:
Rabbi Hayyim Angel's Latest Book
Keys to the Palace
Essays Exploring the Religious
Value of Reading the Bible
I would like to maintain that truth matters; that Torah as I understand it teaches truth; that traditionally observant Judaism is the only form of Judaism that has a chance of long-term survival. But I also want to maintain that other forms of Judaism are Jewishly genuine and must be treated with respect, not just tolerated.
I can still hear the voices of my grandparents, parents and elder relatives speaking and singing in Judeo-Spanish. Although they have passed away years ago, I still feel their presence especially on Shabbat and holidays and at family celebrations.