.ערב טוב ותודה רבה עבור הכבוד וההכרה הזאת.
you to the committee that made this selection. Kol hakavod to all the honourees tonight.
as we all stood together at Sinai, we all faced the flames of Auschwitz and
sang Hatikvah at the birth of Israel. Tonight, in Toronto, our hearts are with
those killed and wounded in Tel Aviv. We are all...
Episode TWENTY-TWO – May 2016
At a recent lecture that I attended, the instructor positioned two great
Orthodox Jewish thinkers of the modern era in opposition to each other with
respect to whether or not the mitzvot are meant to "do something" for
the doer. For Joseph Soloveitchik, a committed mitzvah-laden life leads one to
know God and to cleave to...
The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards (CJLS) of the Rabbinical Assembly
recently released some decisions regarding the consumption of kitniyot on
Pesaẖ. These decisions have already generated significant press,
and have led to many questions within our community. On a recent Shabbat, we
had the pleasure of discussing our approach to this subject and...
Adar II 5776 / April 2016
Below is the Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl's summary of the recent teshuvah on post-mortem circumcision. To read the full text of the decision, as written by the Committee on Jewish Laws and Standards, click here>>Question: In the
event of the tragedy of a stillbirth or the death of an infant boy, must there
be a brit milah, circumcision, before burial? Many...
Episode TWENTY-ONE – April 2016
On March 30,
2016, at 3:45PM, Rabbi Adam Cutler wrote:
congregant asks a formal she'eilah (question), I am happy to provide a rabbinic
teshuvah (response). When however I am asked to weigh in on issues of public
concern, especially if my voice is intended to be public, I am less at ease.
Originally published on Rav Adam’s facebook page,
Some serious Purim Torah:
Fearing, as I am, bringing some solemnity to this day of levity as well as
addressing in this public space a topic that brings about significant passions,
I want for a moment to share a thought or two about Purim and the Jian Ghomeshi
verdict. [For my American friends, go here for some more...
Episode TWENTY –March 2016
On March 9,
2016, at 11:10 AM, Rabbi Adam Scheier wrote:
approaches, I think of a story that Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach would tell, about a
rabbi who walked around wishing people a “kosher Purim,” and a “happy
Passover.” Someone pointed out to him that he must be confused, for Purim is
Episode NINETEEN – January 2016
On January 12,
2016, at 10:38 PM, Rabbi Adam Scheier wrote:
a media marketing firm interviewed me for a segment they were producing about
“religion and the web.” Just as our 21st century web-based reality has impacted
practically every area of human endeavour, it has affected the way...
25 November 2015 ~ 14 Kislev 5776“This is the day that the Eternal has made.” What a privilege and blessing for our two communities to witness Canadian Rabbis and Bishops sharing wine and sitting together for dinner. This would have been unimaginable 100 years ago, when Albert Einstein presented his famous General Theory of Relativity. Just as his theory and equation changed forever the way...
Annual General Meeting—JIAS1
December 2015 ~ Kislev 5776
Growing up in America, I was, of course, more familiar with HIAS, but
have always admired the work of JIAS. As the child of an immigrant to the
United States and as an immigrant to Toronto, I was aware of the important work
of JIAS with Jewish immigrants in the first half of the 20th century, its
heroic efforts for...
Days after the recent Paris atrocity, U.S. Secretary of
State John Kerry said: "There's something different about what happened
from Charlie Hebdo … [Then] There was a sort of particularized focus and … a
rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, okay, they're
really angry because of this and that. This Friday was absolutely
indiscriminate.” I’m sure that many...
Episode EIGHTEEN –December 2015
On Friday, December
04, 2015 12:02 PM, Rabbi Adam Cutler wrote:
American rabbis signed a letter encouraging Congress to welcome Syrian refugees
to the United States. I often receive solicitations to add my name to petitions
on all sorts of issues ranging from environment concerns to the death penalty,
Nisan 5775 / April 2015She’elah: May non-Jews be members of a professional
choir for synagogue prayer?
Teshuvah: A Hazzan is a specially trained shali’ah
tzibbur, who leads a congregation in rinah u’tefillah,
melody and prayer. In addition to knowledge of Torah and personal piety, a Hazzan
is expected to have expertise in liturgy and prayer motifs and to possess...
Episode SEVENTEEN–November 2015
On November 5,
2015 6:15 PM, Rabbi Adam Scheier wrote:
Dear Rav Adam,
The recent conversation about Orthodox
women's ordination and titles has recently dominated my inbox and Facebook
wall. As I read the many articles, posts and rabbinic proclamations, one
aspect strikes me as significant: it seems that a disproportionate...
Episode SIXTEEN –October 2015
On October-14-15 2:24
PM, Rabbi Adam Cutler wrote:
Dear Rav Adam,
In the last week, two incidences stand out in my mind. The first: As a follow-up to an earlier conversation, a congregant emailed me Maimonides' Thirteen
Principles of Faith. He asked if I agreed with all of them. I replied in one
word, "no". The second: I met...