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Innovative Rabbinics / Racheli Reif

Makor Rishon, Shabbat supplement July 15, 2016 A year after granting rabbinical ordination to two women and unleashing a storm in religious society, Rabbi Herzl...

ראיון עם הרב הרצל הפטר במקור ראשון

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Parashat Naso: Authority vs. Initiative – Rabbi Herzl Hefter

Parashat Naso: Authority vs. Initiative – Rabbi Herzl Hefter

The heads of the tribes bring their gifts to the Mishkan and Moshe won’t accept them. Is he feeling threatened by their initiative? What is he afraid of and...

Why I Ordained Women

Why I Ordained Women

Rabbi Herzl Hefter The question of rabbinic ordination for women – or men, for that matter, is not my primary concern. Of course it should go without saying that...

Returning Home: What About Those Who the Torah Forgot?

Returning Home: What About Those Who the Torah Forgot?

Rabbi Herzl Hefter In this Year of Jubilee everyone is to return to their own inheritance. (Vayikra 25: 13) This verse assumes that all have an inheritance to which...