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Should Open Orthodoxy Be Considered Part of Modern Orthodoxy?

I recently came across an article published this summer (“Rabba Eryn London Receives Semicha From Yeshivat Maharat,” July 20, 2017). I was surprised that The Jewish Link published it, because the RCA (Rabbinical Council of America), the OU and the Agudath Israel of America have all come out strongly against ordaining women, whatever the title. Rabbi Hershel Schachter, Rosh Kollel of Yeshiva University, has said that Open Orthodoxy (whose Yeshivat Maharat ordains women) is not Orthodox. The Jewish Press for years ran a column by Rabbi Avi Weiss. It was a d’var Torah on the parsha. Recently, they stopped running it, because they realized that Rabbi Avi Weiss’ movement has crossed a red line and can no longer be considered part of Modern Orthodoxy.

The Jewish Press had to admit that those who preach Open Orthodoxy cannot have a forum in their newspaper. The Jewish Link should follow suit.

Rabbi Mordechai Bulua

Montreal, Canada

 

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