Rabbi Berel Wein has suggested that long ago, there were a certain amount of anti-Sephardic animosity related to the fact that when during the Crusades, the Ashkenazic Jews forced to choose between the cross and the sword went to their deaths; whereas during the Spanish Inquisition, many Spanish (i.e. Sephardic) Jews chose to stay alive and outwardly profess ...
Since it includes Reform and Conservative organizations in its roster.
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
The Atlanta Kashrus Agency does not recommend the KORC.
The AKC does not recommend the KORC certification. Lettuce products
with this certification have been found to have have insects and
require additional washing and checking.
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 look ...
Considering the opacity around the acceptability of different kashruth certification organizations in America, I don't think many people will be able to accurately answer this question. That being said, KORC appears on neither the cRc nor KosherQuest (Rabbi Eidlitz, based in California) lists of reliable hashgachot (although they of course have disclaimers ...
I can't attest to the truth of this, but I once heard R' Orlofsky say that some Ashkenazi Yeshivos do not accept Sefardim (or limit their acceptance) for the sake of the Sefardim - they feel that the Sefardim should respect their own tradition, and should attend Yeshivos that encourage and support that tradition.
Most halakhic discussions on the topic start with the Rambam in MT Melachim 1:5 (quoted above in comments)
We may not appoint a woman as king. When describing the monarchy, the
Torah employs the male form of the word king and not the female.
This principle also applies to all other positions of authority within
Israel. Only men should be ...
This info is on Kashrut.com :
Orthodox Rabbinical Council of San Francisco
1851 Noriega Street, P.O. Box 22491, San Francisco, CA 94122
415-564-5665, Fax: 415-665-0394
Rabbi Jacob Traub, Chairman
I could not find any info on any kashrut site regarding its reliability. As a matter of fact, various web forums debate its kashrut, with ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
As an example as to why Rabbi Akiva is used as the symbol of Bnei Akiva we have History
Beginnings in Israel
Bnei Akiva was established in Israel in 1929, as the youth movement of
the Religious Zionist Mizrachi organisation, by Yechiel Eliash. The
official founding date was set for Lag B’Omer 5689 (28th May 1929), a
date associated with Rabbi ...
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 ...
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.
There is a limit as to how much information the kosher manufacturers are interested in displaying on their products and a limit to what the average kosher consumer will appreciate and understand.
Many kosher products, particularly national brands, want to appeal to the kosher conscious consumer but don't want to make the kashrus information too obvious ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
The Young Israel's position is based on a pasuk (verse) in Deuteronomy 17:15, as interpreted in the Gemara, and codified as law by Rambam (Maimonedes). I will provide these sources and the opposing position.
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 17:15 states: "Then you shall appoint a king over you, whom the Lord your G-d will choose: one from among your brethren shall ...
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I have posed this same question to Haredi and Modern Orthodox in our community.the simple answer is buyer beware. Neither crc nor cor (Canada) list them, and the reference card(COR) that I hand out to converts in Calgary does not list them. I would avoid them, unless a major hescher approves them. It is after all, about publishing clear rules, available to ...
אבק רבית (rabbinically-forbidden ribis) is allowed in certain cases, such as to benefit the estate of orphans (Rambam Hilchos Malveh 4:14):
נכסי יתומים מותר ליתן אותם לאדם נאמן שיש לו נכסים טובים קרוב לשכר
ורחוק להפסד. כיצד אומר לו תהיה נושא ונותן בהן אם יש שם ריוח תן להם
חלקן מן הריוח ואם יש שם הפסד תפסיד אתה לבדך שזה אבק רבית הוא וכל אבק
רבית אינה ...
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 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 ...