Halakhic Creativity: An Intercepted Letter

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10 Responses

  1. Zev says:


  2. David says:

    Sadly, this is not so far off from many Conservative responsa. Whereas Reform says, “we will do ‘X’ because we want to,” Conservative tries to come up with quasi-halachic justifications. This only thing inaccurate about this brilliant Swiftian treatise is that most neo-“halachic” organizations wouldn’t be threatened by intermarriage, because it wouldn’t be “compassionate” to tell a Jew who to love/marry.

  3. Sarah Elias says:

    And a happy Purim Katan to all!

  4. Moshe says:

    Rabbi Feldman-

    Your posts are golden. Please continue posting as often as possible!

    Purim Katan Sameach from Jerusalem (it’s now the 15th of Adar here in Jerusalem, so now we get to celebrate)

  5. Bnei Levi says:

    You made my day!

  6. Shlomo says:

    The funniest part was the acronym (being misspelled as well as a Purim-related pun).

    Anyway, it’s nice to see a new post on cross-currents, after a whole week without one. I couldn’t have held out much longer. Thank you.

  7. MP says:

    Rabbi Feldman –
    Masterful as usual. I was very happy to read the humorous fare on the jblogs l’kovod purim koton. On the whole it was very funny, maybe a bit too much laitzonus here and there.
    Well done!

  8. David Brand says:

    Well, it may seem counterintuitive, but it applies here: SHICR is the ikkur! A Freilichin Purim koton!

  9. Eliezer Barzilai says:

    Everything in the letter makes perfect sense to me, except one thing: Why SHICR, when it should be SHCIR? Oh, it’s a lampoon? Now IC!

  10. Micha says:

    R’ Feldman, an organization that fits the description really does exist. But the conservative movement is a tragedy, and lampooning it is humor too black for my taste.

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