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In reply to “Staying True to Normative Orthodox Judaism,” (February 14, 2019) by Levi Langer: Today, the future of normative Orthodox practices is being covertly changed without the foreknowledge and sometimes without even the consent of a synagogue’s membership. This includes, but is not limited to changes to interior seating
Dearest Roshei Yeshiva and Rabbinical leaders of our community,
Some background on this author: I spent my year in Israel at a Hesder Yeshiva. I graduated Yeshiva College where though I wasn’t the most consistent attendee, I attended Rabbi Sacks Shiur in the Mazer Yeshiva Program. I was proud of my MYP affiliation and felt at home in Shiur those days
We are all one Jewish community and we need to unite and grow stronger together. After Pittsburgh, this message was repeated by our local rabbanim from the pulpit in almost every shul in Bergen County. Now, a mere three months later, the RCBC is threatening to remove one of our local shuls from under the RCBC umbrella
Several people have asked: Why did the RCBC create a bylaw that would bifurcate the community? Why not just allow different views to apply?
Here’s the answer: The RCBC reflects traditional Orthodox Judaism, as it says in our mission statement. We have an
Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to The Jewish Link in addition to the Jackson Township and Toms River town councils.
It has come to our attention that members of your community have taken it upon themselves to appropriate Holocaust
I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your article on the the RCBC (“RCBC Draws ‘Boundary Line’ on Women Rabbis,” February 6, 2019). In today’s political climate—especially in America—it is of the utmost importance that Orthodox Jews set boundaries of acceptable and unacceptable practices. This is the
History does not look too kindly on George Wallace.
In recent films, like Selma, he is portrayed as a villain. His history of losing presidential races earned him the nickname “the most influential loser” in American politics.
If the name doesn’t ring a bell,
I am writing in response to your recent editorial, “RCBC Draws Boundary Line on Women Rabbis” (February 6, 2019). In her presentation of the issues surrounding the by-law recently passed by the RCBC with respect to Cong. Netivot Shalom, Elizabeth Kratz, despite what I am sure were good intentions, misses the point.
This is not an endorsement of female clergy. (“RCBC Draws ‘Boundary Line’ on Women Rabbis,” February 6, 2019.) Reasonable minds can differ about that. This is about: (i) Not restricting rabbinic authority and autonomy. Rabbis should decide what happens within their own shuls; they were selected by their
It is unfortunate that the RCBC has come under attack for taking a principled position (“RCBC Draws ‘Boundary Line’ on Women Rabbis,” February 6, 2019). Every organization has its red lines. The OU, the RCA and the RCBC have their own red lines. So does the IRF.
Modern Orthodoxy is hard to understand and harder to live. Orthodoxy is a set of views and behaviors that is governed by precedent and authority. It is most comfortable with stasis. Change irritates the system, and especially change that is based on what best can be described as modern sensibilities. In contradistinction,