Category Archives: Rabbis

May Gentiles Play Music For Jews On Shabbat?

This no longer happens in Orthodox life (it has generally been forbidden since the destruction of the temple in 70). In his first lecture for Torah in Motion on the Ben Ish Chai (Baghdadi rabbi in the 19th Century, handled … Continue reading

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Most Jews Don’t Have A Rabbi

There’s this notion among non-Jews that every Jew has a rabbi directing him. That’s not how it works. Just as most Christians are not mentored by a pastor or priest, most Jews also do their own thing. A Jew or … Continue reading

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Rav Isaac Hutner & The TWA Hijacking

In his part two lecture on the Ben Ish Chai at Torah in Motion, Marc B. Shapiro relayed what he learned by interviewing a woman (Mrs. Berkowitz) on the plane next to Rav Hutner in the famous 1970 TWA hijacking: … Continue reading

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The Fascism Of Yaakov Moshe Harlap

In his fifth lecture on R. Yaakov Moshe Harlap, Marc Shapiro says: “His stress on the land of Israel…is not just super-Zionism but bordering on fascism. If you tell me that is the Jewish approach, then the Jewish approach is … Continue reading

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Who’s The Best West LA Rabbi For A Bar Mitzvah?

Comments: * In the Brentwood, Beverly Hills neighborhoods of Los Angeles the most popular Rabbi for Bar Bat Mitzvahs and increasing rare weddings is an ethnic Chinese lesbian Rabbi married to a black American Muslim convert who attends the events … Continue reading

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