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Since it includes Reform and Conservative organizations in its roster. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agudath_Israel_of_America#Positions In 1956 for example, the moetzes issued a written ruling forbidding Orthodox rabbis to join with any Reform or Conservative rabbis in rabbinical communal professional organizations that then united the various ...


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Chabad Houses As I understand the Shul is generally owned by the Shliach (he sets up a (or uses an existing) non-profit for the legal aspects, but it's almost completely in his hands). This is done for several reasons: AFAIK, most shuls generally exists by virtue of the community. Baalei Battim who live in a certain neighborhood make a shul, then they ...


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This is derived from the famous story about the Roman guard being saved after invoking R' Meir's merit (Avoda Zara 18a,b). The Medrash Talpiyot writes that someone who lost something should promise to donate some money for lamp oil for the merit of R' Meir's soul. The Chida also cites the custom to donate oil or money for the merit of R' Meir's soul when ...


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For starters, JONAH has been the subject of allegations of malpractice & sexual abuse. Before that even gets into the picture, however, the entire idea that homosexuality is a curable ailment is highly suspect. From Psychology Today: "Most professional psychologists view reparative therapy skeptically, to say the least. In 2007 the American ...


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It's not true that the claim makes no logical sense. Although most or all other kashrut orgs rely on the OU to some extent, they do so to varying levels: Some will rely on it totally, others will rely on it only for uncomplicated ingredients, or only in cases where there is no possibility of conflicting standards. I believe the OU itself has an internal ...


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Under current Israeli law, the post of Chief Rabbi exists in only four cities - Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, and BeerSheba. The Chief Rabbis are elected for 10 year terms. There are 150 members of the board tasked with choosing the country's two chief rabbis. This board is a mix of orthodox and secular. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chief_Rabbi ...


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What is World ORT? World ORT is as much a 'movement' as an organisation. Yes, we were founded in St Petersburg in 1880 and, since then, we have become the world's largest Jewish education and vocational training NGO. The acronym ‘ORT’ comes from its original Russian name; ‘Organization for Rehabilitation and Training’ is a later innovation. But if we’re so ...


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I can simply tell you that it is commonly done ... though there is discussion about it ... just as RIETS admits converts to its rabbinical school. (Ask me who's more likely to "rule with an iron fist", the rabbi or synagogue president ... ) The Gemara in Sanhedrin implies a Ger shouldn't stand in judgement over a native-born Jew (which doesn't sit well with ...


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Ditto what Gershon said. Judaism unequivocally condemns homosexual relations, and Orthodox Jews are largely against gay marriage for that reason. I have never heard of the group you mentioned, but it immediately made me think of Yehuda Levin, who has been very outspoken on the subject and very, very controversial in his views. I could find no information ...


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Agudath Israel of America has an annual convention Thanksgiving weekend. It has big-name rabbis and a good number of other speakers, loosely (and sometimes not so loosely) on one theme. The main speeches are Thursday night and Saturday night; a number of people go only for one or both of those nights. It serves also as an official membership meeting for ...


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Kashrus Magazine has the most thorough investigative articles about every aspect of Kashrut supervision and practices. Their coverage of issues with salmon, raisins, and supervision in Israel was enlightening. The alerts and listings are more than worth the subscription. This independent resource is the best approach I know to get into the minds, ...


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This article explains how the chief Rabbi is chosen and what are his powers. Broadly speaking, the job combines two different roles. One is ambassador of Judaism to the outside world; the other is "rabbi of rabbis", the senior rabbi of the United Synagogue and other central Orthodox communities. While the roles are not mutually exclusive, the ...


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Several Breslov (aka Breslev) groups are active in kiruv in the US. Breslov is the one branch of chassidus that never had a dynasty. Rebbe Nachman of Breslov did not believe in hereditary dynasties of rebbes. Instead, there has been a small group of Breslov gedolim in each generation. One particularly active and prolific Breslov kiruv group is run by ...


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I have personally never heard of that publication; however, according to the link that you provided, it is published by the Jewish Bible Association. The Jewish Bible Association is most famous for Chidon HaTanakh (the international Tanakh contest held every year in Israel). That contest is attended by many high school students throughout the world. I'm ...


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I do not have the answer to your question but I do know that in order to answer this question you must know all of the kashrus related responsibilities the OU fulfills and which of them are taken over by the other hechsher. The ingredients of an item is not the only criterion required to make something kosher. I think that this question might be assuming an ...


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I think it's important to shed light on the important issue of whether homosexuals can "change" to become the heterosexuals that Hashem intended them to be. As Co-Director of JONAH, I chose to submit the paragraphs shown below which were written by a therapist who is not associated with JONAH, but who has counseled men and women with unwanted same-sex ...


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According to this website (an internet portal for a self-named Rebbi Meir Ba'al HaNes charity, FWIW), "There is a Minhag (custom) to give Tzedakah (Charity) to the Tzedakah of Rabbi Meyer Baal Haness when one is in a situation of any need or distress. This custom has its roots in the Talmud. Prior to Rabbi Meyer Baal Haness's passing he observed the ...


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My understanding was that a Reverend is a person who works as a "Pulpit Rabbi", being in charge of a congregation and caring for their life cycle events. However, such a person is not qualified for complicated halachic rulings, and should not be consulted on non-lifecycle or Shul related questions. I have no source other than my own limited exposure to the ...


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Yes Judaism opposes homosexuality as is evident in the Bible. JPAC is a group that does political activities such as helping politically conservative candidates get elected. They place ads in various orthodox Jewish publications on behalf of pro moral candidates. There political activities involve behind the scenes activities that bring out thousands of ...


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The Official position of the Agudas Yisroel is not to have Internet site hence you will not find the information online. Secondly there is one CONVENTION in the Midwest versus the New York one first I suggest you decide which ou want to attend then for general information about the Agudah see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agudath_Israel_of_America and ...


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Some information about the upcoming convention is here: https://www.5tjt.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5580:87th-national-agudah-convention-to-grapple-with-%22formidable-challenges%22-november-26-29



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