Mikveh Matters: Letters to a Rav

September 28, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

“I wish to share with you my initial hesitancy in writing this letter. Rabbi Shalom Messas zt”l, Chief Rabbi of Morocco and later Chief Rabbi of Yerushalayim, related that he had never been asked a single Taharat HaMishpachah question from any woman during the duration of his leadership in Morocco. [Read more…]

Donkey, Elephant or Jew?

July 20, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

[To understand this message, you must have an open mind and heart. For those who have not yet reached the level of sophistication to look at the world from outside their comfort zone, I echo the warning of our Master the Rambam: the following words will only bring upon you [Read more…]

Don’t Be Mainstream

July 15, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

It is too often that I am asked “why can you not just be a mainstream rabbi?” To which I always respond: “what is mainstream in Judaism?” The answer? “What everyone else does!”. If the Jewish people believed that numbers created a mainstream one would be compelled to follow: 1. [Read more…]

Gimmel Tammuz: Personal Struggles

July 8, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

I have been struggling immensely after a conversion with a dear friend. Traditional Jewish phrases have been altered to include foreign concepts, but then we are blamed for lack of unity when we voice concern over them. For example… What used to universally be: “Give Nachat to our Creator” has [Read more…]

Public Statement: Kosher LA

July 4, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

It has come to my attention that a certain communal figure who is respected by many in matters of Kashrut, has questioned the reliability of the “Kosher LA” certification on our local The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. I state with absolute confidence: this is utter nonsense, and one who [Read more…]

Be A Knowledgeable Jew!

April 21, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

                In the Jewish world, literacy used to be a source of pride. Ignorance was shunned and enlightenment was chosen. I am constantly taken aback by how – seemingly – religious Jews are obsessed with publicly displaying their ignorance of Hashem’s legal system. [Read more…]

New Age Jewish “Modesty”

April 20, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

I have turned red and lost my breath from warning us about the dangers of these misguided Jews who have been derailing Am Yisrael for years under the guise of being religious! Brought to you from the makers of every other false stringency…

Lies Of My Youth: Part 2

April 17, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

Each year, as I review the Halachot of Pesach, I am bitter about many of the lies I was taught as a child. One of the more bitter moments though, is of my teachers preaching to us that “Matzot” are hard, stale crackers. As I look at the words of [Read more…]