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…]

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…]

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The Sound of Redemption

March 12, 2013 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

It has been over a year since I last wrote an article. The reason? I only write from inspiration, and the inspiration to write a piece worthy of publication has been far from my reach. Until today, this Rosh Chodesh of Nissan, the month of our redemption. Checking Yeshiva World [Read more…]

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I Don’t Even Know How To Respond

January 4, 2012 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 3

Warning: Some content discussed may be uncomfortable for some audiences or unsuitable for some ages. Discretion is advised. While Rabbi Yoni generally tries to stray from being carried away by current politics or controversies, many have asked for his official response to this issue. This article in no way represent [Read more…]

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Leiby Kletzky: Inspiring Unity

July 22, 2011 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

I am silent. I have not spoken. I have not expressed opinion. I have not shared my thoughts. I have simply sat and pondered. Davened and cried. Closed my eyes and asked the Higher Power to give me clarity of mind. How am I to fathom the terrible tragedy that [Read more…]

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Rav Aviner on… I Want to be Sephardi

July 22, 2010 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

[Be-Ahavah U-Be-Emunah – Devarim 5770 – translated by R. Blumberg] Forgive me, Rav Berger, Forgive me, Rav Meltzer, I’m really trying, I’m really striving to get my son into your institution. I don’t know exactly what’s involved, But I’m not succeeding. Could it be my name? My accent? My skin [Read more…]