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The collapse of Reform?
An unorthodox way to reform | The Jewish Chronicle

There is a sad inevitability about the news that Reform synagogues in Hendon and Edgware are talking to each other with a view to a merger. Ostensibly, the trigger for this dialogue has been the “northward” move of “large numbers” of

R. Elazar Fleckeles’s Haggadah Maaseh BR’ Elazar
the Seforim blog: R. Elazar Fleckeles’s Haggadah Maaseh BR’ Elazar


Abayudaya Jews of Uganda Now Formally ‘Recognized’ by Jewish Agency
Abayudaya Jews of Uganda Now Formally ‘Recognized’ by Jewish Agency

Five years ago, Tablet’s Michael Fishbane reported on the fascinating saga of the Abayudaya Jews of Eastern Uganda, joining Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, the community’s spiritual leader, on his first, ultimately unsuccessful campaign for the Ugandan Parliament. In between dispatches from the campaign t…

Orthodox rabbis take stand against assisted dying
Orthodox rabbis take stand against assisted dying

Orthodox rabbis from across the country are calling for an end to physician-assisted suicide

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student has served two terms on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and currently serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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  1. The Abayudaya are Convervative converts. The story here isn’t of African Jews, but of the rift between the Jewish Agency and the Chief Rabbinate.

    As an exception, the Abayaduya of Putti villiage refused C conversion, and are waiting for an Orthodox beis din to undergo real geirus. There is a group trying to help them become self-sustaining, building up infrastructure (water and solar), poultry farming and a coffee farming and export business. And of course, they could use support: http://puttivillage.org .

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