Open Orthodoxy Update, Parshas Tzav
Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg revokes semicha of musmach who attended Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. Says he “acts not in accordance to Torah Law by becoming a rabbi from Chovevei Torah.”
While admitting it “sounds heretical,” R. Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz (YCT graduate), says “Torah was deeply incomplete,” before incorporating modern feminist values.
Yanklowitz brings up a post from last year where he claims events in the Megillah did not occur.
A Maharat who serves as clergy at an Orthodox Union member synagogue, claims that Vashti is a hero of the Megillah.
Chair of Talmud at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT), claims that the execution of Haman’s ten sons was “murder” as “there’s no evidence that his children did anything wrong.”
- Torat Chayim, an OO/NC affiliated organization, touts an article, written for JOFA‘s blog, by one of its members, R. Mike Moskowitz, a Beis Medresh advisor at JTS (Conservative) claiming that those who identify as transgender may cross-dress. He also publishes guide for transgender inclusivity at the seder.
Several Open Orthodox leaders become contributors for the non-Orthodox, Union of Traditional Judaism (UTJ) website.
R. Ysoscher Katz resigns his post as Director of the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies and admits that his approach to Jewish Law is agenda driven.
Despite consistently espousing non-Orthodox views, Katz declares that he has performed “many conversions.”
Rabbinical Alliance of America issues psak against female clergy and Open Orthodoxy.
R. Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz publishes book with the Reform Movement.
R. Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz seeks to tie in the commandment to love a fellow Jew to animals.
Graduate of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, who no longer identifies as Orthodox, takes position at non-Orthodox institution. Yeshivat Chovevei Torah lists him on their alumni page and features one of his lectures. Torat Chayim touts one of his Divrei Torah
Slippery slope. Without full adherence to the the mesorah, all is lost. Open Orthodoxy follows in the footsteps of all deviant movements of the past. Touched by the brilliance and eloquence of the leaders , many undoubtedly will be led astray from the living a wholesomeness life of the joys of Torah observance.
Just take a glance a reality of the social havoc that has taken hold of much of our generation!!!!!!!!!
2 points about Rav Zalman Nechemia’s letter –
1) Why is the name of the person being censored? Rav Zalman Nechemia states in his letter that he wants this letter to be publicized all over so that people don’t rely on his psakim. Obviously in RZN’s intention that the name be publicized
2) My reading is that he is revoking the smicha for “being a rav in chovevei torah”, ie for teaching in that institution.
Reading this is eerily reminiscent of how I used to feel when reading the papers written by my daughter’s first grade students. The youngsters did their very best. Some managed to stay within the lines. Some strung together longer sentences than others. None, however, managed to actually write anything of real value.
Reading the positions espoused by the OO clergy and representatives gives me the same feeling. They try hard and probably mean well, but ultimately, their output is rather childish and unsophisticated. Claiming that Vashti, a vile, immoral, and cruel tyrant, was a hero, is nothing short of silly.
“A Maharat who serves as clergy at an Orthodox Union member synagogue, claims that Vashti is a hero of the Megillah.” Anybody with an agenda can turn a narrative fromTanach on its head. Ms. Maharat needs to review Reform and Conservative output from the 1970’s to perfect her subversive interpretations and write really creative faux-midrashim. She can then stand out in the crowded field.
OO is open to a lot of cultural borrowings but not to the true Jewish concept of Mesorah that would put limits to their quest for liberal approval. Moshe Rabbeinu did not bring us an à la carte menu.
on the last case, of the YCT clergyman who now states he is no longer O and joins the staff of IKAR—the cheif ‘rabbi’ of that institution is an arch leftist who supports the womens march [and has the back of its spokesman who support philo-semites like Farrakan and Hamas]. it is a short jump from there to anti-zionism…
Ummm if rabbi Goldberg wanted is to know what rabbi lost his smikha why is it blanked out?
Thank you for posting these. Many of us don’t really know what is happening out there. It is important to see just how far OO has gone from anything remotely looking like Orthodoxy, so we can better protect people from falling into this non Orthodox movement.
Who do these apikorsim think they’re fooling? Anyone with an IQ above 10 knows that they’re definitely not Orthodox. This is just another form of the Reform movement, trying their best for the last couple of hundred years to dissolve Yiddishkeit. Just getting worse by the day and that’s why it has to disappear, because people are not that stupid and eventually they catch on and see the lies and complete emptiness of this new mishagas.