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 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…]

Immodest Modesty

March 3, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

“She is not Tznius” – no, she is not a Tznua perhaps. Tznius (ignore the s) is a noun, not an adjective. “She is not a Tzanua” – no, perhaps she is not a Tznua. Tzanua is in the masculine form. “She is not…” – wait, how modest can modesty [Read more…]

We’re back online!

October 17, 2013 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

Dearest friends, After quite some time offline, is back! We are in the middle of re-installing some of our lost features, so please be patient as we begin our journey to completion! With love, Rabbi Yoni

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Birthday Blessings from Rabbi Yoni

May 2, 2012 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

I’m not wishing myself a Happy Birthday! Tonight (the 11th of Iyar) is my Hebrew Birthday. How old am I? Well, I’d rather not divulge that information! 🙂 I recall a few years ago, a discussion I had with one of my Rebbeim, the Kalever Rebbe shlit”a of Williamsburg. I [Read more…]

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“Rebbe, My Girlfriend is Not Jewish”

October 29, 2009 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

The following fascinating private audience between the Rebbe and a Brazilian college student took place on Yud Shvat 1980. During the Yechidus the Brazilian student brought up his relationship with a non-Jewish woman, wanting to hear the Rebbe’s opinion. “Rebbe, my girl friend, who is not Jewish, and I, are [Read more…]