Weekly Digest – News and Essays In and Out of Orthodoxy
- The Other Wailing Wall, The Palestinian One – The perspective of this article does not sit well with me, and, I am sure, with most Orthodox Jews. But it is important to be aware of how some liberal Orthodox rabbis view the conflict.
- Voices; An LGBTQ and Ally Open Mic – The idea of an Orthodox rabbi celebrating the engagement of two men is offensive, but primary blame should be placed on the rabbinical school teachers/mentors of this young rabbi.
- Rabbi Kanievsky instructs paramedics: Don’t save terrorists – A very important ruling. (Reaction from a social activist rabbi: “But, Rav Kanievsky, Israel continues to be a moral leader because we continue to tell our enemies that every human life has value (even the most confused, guilty, & wicked).“)
- Judaism: Is covering one’s hair after marriage open to debate? An Israeli religious Zionist magazine presented as a valid phenomenon the views of married women who decided to stop covering their hair after years of doing so. A response.
- Rabbi Cooperman zt”l – founder of Michlalah College For Women and groundbreaker
- The God of Need, The God of Now – Shabbat Shemot 5776 (Why is it that so many divrei Torah of Open Orthodox leadership display irreverence? It is no wonder that an abundance of the writings and statements of the graduates of OO’s institutions are so problematic, as the attitude comes directly from their teachers/mentors. Snippet from this new d’var Torah by Yeshivat Maharat leadership: “But Moshe pleads to God: Stop. Stop with the lofty claims and the timeless pronouncements. Stop projecting future troubles and future salvations. Stay local. Stay real. Just be the God of here and now. That’s what people can hear. That’s what people crave. Not a majestic fire, but a humble hearth to keep them warm and shelter them anew. To save them from this challenge, this moment. And God concedes in what might be described as a second great act of tzimtzum, self-contraction. Eheyeh, the God of today’s possibilities, not yesterday’s or tomorrow’s, is the God who might actually meet a people long starved of divinity and long bereft of hope. It seems that Moshe’s first great act of spiritual leadership was a rather subtle and subversive one. Upon meeting God, he turned around and helped God meet humanity.” Contrast this with the infinitely reverential and majestic explanations of Moshe’s first encounter with God as presented by Rav Hirsch and Rav Soloveitchik.)
- Between the Tao and the Tur: two ancient traditions and a multitude of colour – Reflective of the same problematic mentoring.
- Feeling the Pebbles – A very important message.
- Alleged Jewish extremist with US-Israeli citizenship released from jail – We cannot speak about the culpability or lack thereof pertaining to this individual, but “Jewish terror groups” are the modern-day Biryonim, whose vile and reckless acts place the entire Jewish people at grave risk.
- Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) Blogcast About Women’s Tefillah Groups – Discussion of this (very objectionable) watershed innovation by OO leadership. Please also see here.
Last week’s installment of Weekly Digest – News and Essays In and Out of Orthodoxy can be viewed here.