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Chasidic Kaddish

Kaddish (Aramaic: קדיש‎ "holy") is a hymn of praises about God found in Jewish prayer services. The central theme of the Kaddish is the magnification and sanctification of God's name. In the liturgy, different versions of the Kaddish are used functionally as separators between sections of the service.

This is an arrangement by Rabbi Oren Steinitz.

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Attitudes Towards Women’s Participation in Public Prayer Among Jewish and Muslim Websites

Both Jewish and Islamic legal systems have historically classified women as “others.” As Feminist attitudes slowly made their way into Western mainstream thought, both Jewish and Muslim Feminists found that the religious legal discourse had been even slower to adapt. In the Jewish world, while the non-Orthodox movements have been increasing women’s active participation in public rituals for decades now, many Orthodox scholars still view gender issues as a watershed between Orthodoxy and the rest of the Jewish world. Muslim scholars, on their part, have only recently started to seriously address the topic of women’s active participation in public rituals. This paper will review web-based questions and answers regarding women’s active participation in public ritual, and examine whether a liberal attitude on those issues automatically sets a person–be it the inquirer or the responding scholar–outside the orthodox, or mainstream, enclave.

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Responsa 2.0: Are Q&A Websites Creating a New Type of Halachic Discourse?

Oren Steinitz completed his doctorate at the University of Calgary‘s Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (Religious Studies, Communications and Israel Studies), researching the attitude towards the “Other” in Jewish and Islamic legal websites. Oren holds BA and MA degrees from the Ben Gurion University of the Negev. His fields of expertise include the history of Jewish-Muslim relations; modern Jewish fundamentalism; Jewish and Islamic Law; and the religious online world. Also an ordained rabbi (OHALAH), Oren served for five years as the University of Calgary’s Jewish Chaplain and currently serves as the spiritual leader of Congregation Kol Ami in Elmira, NY.

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