When Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom, a retired rabbi from Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, performed an intermarriage ceremony for his stepdaughter and her fiancé in 2014 more than a glass got shattered at the end of the wedding ceremony. Rabbi Rosenbloom’s membership in the Rabbinical Assembly wound up in pieces as well. In December 2016, the rabbinical body expelled him for disobeying the ban on rabbinic officiation at intermarriages. Not only officiating; also attending intermarriages, even those of close relatives, is asur (forbidden).
After America’s most influential ultra-Orthodox rabbis denounce Open Orthodoxy as illegitimate, Rabbi Avi Weiss hits back by asserting that the more-inclusive movement is ‘the real Modern Orthodoxy.’
With tensions increasing over the role of women and other issues, it may be time for the two branches of American Orthodoxy — ’Modern’ and ‘Open’ — to split, Yair Ettinger reports.
As a rabbi’s daughter, Leah Vincent was never allowed to learn Talmud. Years after abandoning ultra-Orthodoxy, she sets out to rediscover the ancient Jewish law books.
A leading Open Orthodox rabbi has defended the progressive movement against attacks made last week by Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, the head of the ultra-Orthodox organization Agudath Israel.
The future of Orthodoxy is not rooted in infighting and name-calling. Agudath Israel should focus on building bridges to fellow Jews, instead of burning them, Jordan Soffer writes.
Agudath Israel has leaped to the defense of Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, who called the Open Orthodox movement ‘heresy’ and launched a shocking attack on non-Orthodox Jews.
Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, of the ultra-Orthodox Agudath Israel, doesn’t approve of Emily Hauser’s Conservative Judaism. Well, guess what? She doesn’t approve of his, either.
Was this the year of ‘Open Orthodoxy’? The inaugural graduation of Yeshivat Maharat and the new leadership at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah would indicate so. But some were not convinced.
Open Orthodoxy’s unilateral moves towards a more liberal practice could destroy traditional Judaism, writes Gil Student.