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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…]

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The Levites of Today: A simple thank you?

June 30, 2010 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 4

This past week, I had the great honor and merit to attend Isralight‘s annual rabbinical conference held in the heart of Jerusalem. From community rabbis, to teachers, education center directors and Yeshiva rebbeim, we formed a small  but powerful group of rabbis willing to make a difference in the education [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…]

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Back in Action!

September 11, 2009 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 3

To all my dearest readers and friends, I have been back in Israel for about two weeks now, but I haven’t been able to have some quality time to sit down and write. Finally, due to your encouragement, I hope to publish a few more articles in the near future. [Read more…]