The RCA doesn’t like the way Avi has been spinning things, he’s been talking too loudly and defiantly, saying that he came away with a victory – about anything. So now the word “maharat” has to go, not just “rabba.” Both the RCA and Agudah are in agreement that Hebrew Institute itself will now have to decide if it is Orthodox or not. This is no longer about Avi alone.
In the end, all of Orthodoxy — RCA, YU, Agudah, YCT — was aiming its guns at Avi Weiss. To see him this past week reminded me of the end of Butch Cassidy down in Bolivia, with every policeman, every soldier, south of the Rio Grande ready to blow him away (along with his plans for women rabbis).
Deal with RCA means only one ‘rabba’ will exist; Orthodox feminists ‘saddened’ over development.
On the eve of a conference marking the expansion of leadership roles for women within Orthodoxy, the trend’s most prominent rabbinic proponent has, amid intense criticism, backtracked from his near-ordination of female rabbis.
It's a strange thing about some liberal rabbis. They knock the concept of "Das Torah" (the unilateral and unquestioned right of sages to guide their community based upon their mastery of Torah). But then, when a rabbi such as Avi Weiss want to create a woman rabbi, he acts unilaterally, without respecting any communal consensus, based upon what he says is his own mastery and understanding of Torah. In other words, his Das Torah.
On eve of JOFA conference, younger women eschew exclusive services for ‘partnership’ minyanim.
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I consider myself a feminist, but when it comes to prayer, every morning I recite the ritual blessing thanking God “who has not made me a woman.” (At least I say that one softly, and with a tinge of guilt and confusion.)
Before Sara Hurwitz went to college, her parents had her take a vocational test to see what career she was destined for. When the answer came back "clergy," the Orthodox girl had a good laugh with her family. Being a rabbi simply wasn’t an option.
The Orthodox world is one letter — the letter “i” — away from calling a woman rabbi.
Sara Hurwitz, who has for almost a year filled rabbinic roles at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale alongside the Orthodox shul’s longtime rabbi, Avi Weiss, recently took on the new title “rabba” (pronounced ra-BAH).
One morning this past July, I visited the bet midrash (study hall) of Yeshivat Hadar in Manhattan. Nearly 50 young people were there, spending their summer in serious engagement with Jewish texts. The room pulsated with the vitality of a traditional yeshiva and the intellectual openness of a university.