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​The Innovative End of Summer Bar Mitzvah

Rabbi Ephraim Epstein Those boys and girls who live in the Western Hemisphere and were unluckily born in the summer sure have it tough. Their birthdays are always when none of their friends are around. So some families make parties earlier, some make it later and some just give up celebrating. What about the Bar … Continue reading

Rabbis Commend Governor Bobby Jindal For Defending Religious Freedom

We, Orthodox rabbis from across the United States, join in commending Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in his fight for religious freedom. This great country was built on a foundation of faith in the Almighty and the freedom to worship Him, each in our own way. Religious communities fight poverty, educate children, provide for the elderly, … Continue reading

Statement on Open Orthodoxy

We, the undersigned rabbis, representing three generations of American Orthodox leadership, are deeply concerned at the many ways in which Open Orthodox rabbis and leaders have divided the Orthodox community by unilaterally violating normative Orthodox laws, customs and traditions. Of the many points in Rabbi Asher Lopatin’s opinion piece (“Orthodox and here to stay”, Haaretz, … Continue reading

Media Coverage – Haaretz

December 11, 2011 Orthodox rabbis protest gay marriage, calling it ‘desecration of Torah values’ Petition – signed by more than 100 rabbis – follows recent same-sex marriage officiated by Orthodox-ordained rabbi and longtime gay rights activist Steven Greenberg. By Naomi Zeveloff More than 100 Orthodox rabbis have signed onto a statement in opposition to same … Continue reading

Media Coverage – Forward

December 10, 2011 Orthodox Rabbis Oppose Gay Marriage 100 Sign Statement Branding Same-Sex Union as ‘Desecration’ By Naomi Zeveloff More than 100 Orthodox rabbis have signed onto a statement in opposition to same sex weddings, saying that gay marriage is a “desecration of Torah values.” The statement was a response to a November wedding between … Continue reading

Media Coverage – Yeshiva World

December 5, 2011 With the approach of the Chanukah season, marking the Maccabees’ valiant efforts to defend Jewish values and time-honored practices, a group of over 100 American-trained Orthodox Rabbis issued a statement this week reaffirming traditional Jewish views of marriage. The group of Orthodox rabbis represents a spectrum within the community, spanning nineteen states … Continue reading

Media Coverage – VosIzNeias

December 5, 2011 100 Orthodox Rabbis Reaffirm Judaism’s View That Gay Marriage Is Against The Torah Laws New York – With the approach of the Chanukah season, marking the Maccabees’ valiant efforts to defend Jewish values and time-honored practices, a group of over 100 American-trained Orthodox Rabbis issued a statement this week reaffirming traditional Jewish … Continue reading

Media Coverage – Algemeiner

December 5, 2011 In response to a recent “Orthodox” same-sex marriage ceremony conducted in Washington, D.C. by Rabbi Steve Greenberg, – who is openly gay, and married Yoni Bock and Ron Kaplan at the 6th & I Synagogue in Washington in November – over 100 Orthodox Rabbis – among them some of the most prominent … Continue reading

Orthodox Rabbis Stand On Principle

Recently, an American Jewish clergyman officiated at a matrimonial ceremony that is incorrectly being reported by some in the media as “the first time that an ordained Orthodox Rabbi has officiated at a same-sex marriage in the United States.” We, as rabbis from a broad spectrum of the Orthodox community around the world, wish to … Continue reading

Over 100 Orthodox Rabbis From 4 Countries Reaffirm Judaism’s View That Marriage Is A Sacred Bond Between A Man And A Woman

With the approach of the Chanukah season, marking the Maccabees’ valiant efforts to defend Jewish values and time-honored practices, a group of over 100 American-trained Orthodox Rabbis issued a statement this week reaffirming traditional Jewish views of marriage. The group of Orthodox rabbis represents a spectrum within the community, spanning nineteen states in the United … Continue reading