Candid Conversations 10: Hallel or Heresy

April 20, 2018 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

Candid Conversations: A Video Series with Rabbi Yonatan Halevy Episode 10: Hallel or Heresy Question: What is our attitude towards Zionism, the State of Israel, and the celebration of Yom HaAtzmaut? Want to submit the next question? Just send the rabbi an email! Rabbi Yonatan Halevy’s official YouTube channel! Subscribe [Read more…]

Shiviti Learning Forum: Q&A Highlights #1

April 13, 2018 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

Join our Facebook forum by clicking here! Haircuts and Shaving During Sefirat HaOmer Question: Can I shave/get a haircut on Rosh Chodesh? Answer: Maran in the Shulchan Aruch calls the custom to do so an “incorrect” one. But one would first have to establish the severity of the custom not to shave in [Read more…]

Suicide: My Thoughts On A Tragedy

April 27, 2017 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 2

My thoughts on a WhatsApp message I received today. The author of the message was not malicious, but instead tried to be nice and apologetic, though my response to it unfortunately cannot be. The context? Yesterday, one of of my wife’s precious students from her years of teaching in Israel tragically [Read more…]

Don’t You Wan’t To Be Eulogized?

November 28, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 2

I once had an extremely unsettling conversation that left its marks on me until this very day. [I wish to note the following disclaimer: as disdainful as some of these sentiments may sound, they did not come from a malicious place, but from a place of having been programmed as [Read more…]

Distance Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

November 15, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 1

Peace is not always the best solution to a conflict. There, I said it. How many times have we been taught that we must always forgive, but never taught that there are those which our Torah does not demand us to forgive? How often have we heard that we must judge everyone favorably, but [Read more…]