Guess Who Came to Dinner?

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  1. Bob Miller says:

    Demands to “have our cake and eat it, too” resound throughout the unorthodox Jewish world. They have this craving for our approval of their actions and teachings in direct violation of our Torah, the law that applies to us and to them. The silver lining here, a thin one, is that they regard “Jewish” or even “Orthodox” as a good pose to strike. We still have some scope to get through to them.

    Here, we have the same dynamic now playing out in the broader American society, as sociopolitical radicals reconfigure good and evil according to their own theories and inclinations. Anyone who still calls things by their right names becomes an enemy of the people. Our job as Jews is to resist this insanity, not add to it.

  2. Esther says:

    Why should Mayor de Blasio take a public stand on any position taken by the Agudah or any other branch of Judaism? Anymore than he should criticize some Hindu gathering for not serving beef. I.e., it isn’t his business. The city council isn’t going to vote on whether Open Orthodoxy should be outlawed or not. So why should he interfere? Incidentally, if the Agudah is going to invite the general public to its dinner, I wouldn’t air our internal dirty laundry. And it understandably does sound insulting to non-Orthodox ears to hear that the Open Orthodox “have no future, they almost have no present, and… will be relegated by the Ribono Shel Olam [Master of the World] to the dustbin of Jewish history.” If you want to have a good old-fashioned Agudah free-for-all, wait until Hizzoner goes back to Gracie Mansion. Hopefully, by that time, the press corps. will have left as well. And next time, just invite the mayor for the “simchas chassan v’kallah” after the main speeches.

  3. Steve Brizel says:

    Rav Perlow’s address was obviously aimed at YCT and its philosophy.

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