web analytics
July 26, 2014 / 28 Tammuz, 5774
Israel at War: Operation Protective Edge
 
 
At a Glance
Blogs
Sponsored Post
IDC Advocacy Room IDC Fights War on Another Front

Student Union opens ‘hasbara’ room in effort to fill public diplomacy vacuum.



Yet another Call for Divisiveness


open orthodoxy

I have to disagree with the Jewish Press editorial board. In their latest editorial, they have castigated the RCA for not openly denouncing the forces of Open Orthodoxy (OO). I am disheartened by this from a newspaper whose inclusive editorial stance I have always admired.

It is ironic that Rabbi Avi Weiss is a regular Torah columnist in this paper, for it is Rabbi Weiss who founded Open Orthodoxy back in the nineties. Have they decided to drop his column?

I don’t know how many times I’ve said this. But I guess I have to say it again as there are increasing voices calling for yet another ‘split’ in Judaism. As much as I agree with the Jewish Press analysis of Open Orthodoxy, it is wrong in my view to cast it into another movement that is outside the pale of Orthodoxy.

Yes, I agree that OO opens its doors too wide and can therefore too easily slide the same slippery slope that the Conservative movement did – when it too decided it needed to make itself more relevant to the melting pot spirit of their times. That OO is doing the same thing with the feminist spirit of our times is indeed a matter for concern. However they have not gone off the reservation yet. And hopefully they never will. But even if they do at some point down the road, it is way too premature to throw them out now.

Like I have said many times in the past, I do not believe their feminist innovations will ever catch on with the mainstream. Even those who support OO often tell me that it is not their cup of tea.

What about YCT? My hope is that they have gone about as far left as they ever will and they will hopefully even pullback somewhat. In any case, I do not see YCT as JTS in any way shape or form.

Yes, they have problems which I have criticized. But they do believe in the events at Sinai and in following the letter of Jewish law. This is something that JTS made a radcial departure from many years ago with their acceptance of biblical criticism and their ‘Psak’ that one could drive to Shul on Shabbos.

I do not foresee OO or YCT ever doing this. If or when they do, then I will agree that they should be expelled. Until then, let us not be any more divisive then we have to be.

Visit Emes Ve-Emunah .

About the Author: Harry Maryles runs the blog "Emes Ve-Emunah" which focuses on current events and issues that effect the Jewish world in general and Orthodoxy in particular. It discuses Hashkafa and news events of the day - from a Centrist perspctive and a philosphy of Torah U'Mada. He can be reached at hmaryles@yahoo.com.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

Please use the Facebook Tab below to leave your comment:

One Response to “Yet another Call for Divisiveness”

  1. Morris Gavant says:

    Oh, I think there is a slippery slope. I assume within 5 or so years we'll be hearing demands that if dressed modestly why can't my wife, daughter,or girlfriend sit next to me during davening. Ultimately, I think this is a reflection of the collapse of the Conservative movement, overzealous aggressive feminism, and the absence of God-seeking by orthodox men.

  2. Morris Gavant says:

    Oh, I think there is a slippery slope. I assume within 5 or so years we'll be hearing demands that if dressed modestly why can't my wife, daughter,or girlfriend sit next to me during davening. Ultimately, I think this is a reflection of the collapse of the Conservative movement, overzealous aggressive feminism, and the absence of God-seeking by orthodox men.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Loading Facebook Comments ...
Loading Disqus Comments ...
Binyamin and Chaya Maryles, uncle and aunt of Emes Ve-Emunah author Harry Maryles.
Current Top Story
John Kerry
Entire Israeli Cabinet Rejects Kerry’s Proposed Ceasefire, Talks Continue
Latest Blogs Stories
The 32

These are the photos of our soldiers (and a citizen) killed in action during the current IDF ground operation in Gaza.

Happy soldiers with pizza

Jameel went on a pizza run down south, and translated a letter from a soldier on the border, along with some of his own personal observations…

Rabbi Meir Kahane at the National Press Club ~ 1985

Rabbi Kahane spoke of transfer, because it was what the Torah spoke of.

.Into Gaza!

Her message to her soldier son on the battlefield: “Complete the Mission! Sayyem et HaMissimah!”

JoeSettler contemplated some new El Al slogans like: “El Al – Our pilots are trained in evasive maneuvers”…. Let’s hear your new El Al Slogans…

IDF volunteers come to Israel just to serve are the true idealists; Sean Carmeli was one of them.

And he whispers one last time, I love you mother.

It’s absurd, in this war places like Ariel and Shiloh are among the safest in the State of Israel.

Why aren’t American Jews coming s to Israel for the summer; Are they scared because of the war?

Ruthie Blum reveals just how hard it is for a Jewish mother to be a patriot at the time of war. Maternal cognitive dissonance On Thursday night, after 10 days of aerial warfare between Hamas terrorists and Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved a ground incursion into Gaza. It was a move that much of […]

JoeSettler takes on the IDF Spokesperson’s tweets that he believes are morally wrong and negatively affect the war we are fighting…

The 7 Decisions that changed author Andy Andrews’ life and how they can guide you towards success.

Not asking the world for the right to defend ourselves; such a right is obvious to anyone with a spine.

Where has all the billions of Euros and dollars that have been poured into Gaza over the years gone?

One wishes the PA would distance itself completely from Hamas now for the sake of peace and development in the region.

More Articles from Harry Maryles
Iris Yifrach, mother of Eyal Yifrach HY"D, speaking at a massive rally in Tel Aviv on Sunday, June 29, 2014.

Inevitably when tragedies like this happen there is a sudden burst of Achdus. Tragedies unite.

Man walking in neighborhood of one of the Kidnapped Boys, in Elad, Israel.

Looking for a spiritual cause of a tragedy is a time honored tradition in Judaism.

It would be tragic beyond all proportion if Yeshiva University were to fold. I don’t think that is going to happen.

Radical Islam is an idea, not an organization. It is the enemy, not terrorism.

Unfortunately it really doesn’t matter what the common Muslim wants. Fanatic religious fervor trumps it all.

It seems like now more than ever Frumkeit has replaced sincerity as the primary focus of the right.

One measure for living a “normal” life is Halacha, and the other is societal standards.

Judaism is not only about doing the Mitzvos. It is also a belief system.

    Latest Poll

    Do you think the FAA ban on US flights to Israel is political?






    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/haemtza/yet-another-call-for-divisiveness/2014/02/04/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: