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Conscription of Women into the Israel Defense Forces

The number of girls who identify themselves as “religious” and thus do not serve in the army is increasing. Further, the opinions of rabbis are heard which state that not only is it not proper for girls to serve but that the h...

Posted on 16 March 2013, By Rabbi Robert Harris
Reflections: Vayakhel-Pekudei

Pikudei, this year read in conjunction with Vayakhel as a double Sidrah is the last of five parshyot on the construction of the Mishkan, or Tabernacle. It begins with the accounts (Pikudei) of the value of precious materials used in the c...

Posted on 9 March 2013, By Elaine Grazin
“The Whole Land of Israel” and the Halakhah

Our basic sources, Biblical and Rabbinic, do not mention the concept of “the Whole Land of Israel” as a sacred place defined by rigidly fixed borders. The reason is obvious. Throughout all periods of our history, the borders o...

Posted on 9 March 2013, By Rabbi Tuvia Friedman