Our minyan is a participatory one in which everyone, from the rabbis on down, volunteers their services. Men, women, and children are welcome to take any part in the service that halacha allows.
Observations About the International Beit Din Controversy
On Shabbat Chayye Sarah, Nov. 7, 2015, Rabbi Finkelman discussed the current controversy surrounding the International Beit Din for Freeing Agunot. This is the outline distributed at that talk.
The beginning of this week’s parashah, when God tells Abram “go from your land . . . “ (Genesis 12:1) seems a major turning point in the book of Genesis. God establishes a new kind of relationship with a human being, and promises to extend the relationship in some way to his descendants.
Why was Abram chosen? Why does this command or request go to Abraham? What was special about him, that warranted this conversation?