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Rabbi Rebuked For ‘Nazi’ Reference

RCA says Teaneck leader's use of ‘Der Sturmer’ to criticize The Jewish Week ‘crosses the line of decency.’

11/11/2014

The president of the Rabbinical Council of America this week issued a rebuke to a colleague for making comments that appeared to compare The Jewish Week to Der Sturmer, the official and virulently anti-Semitic Nazi newspaper.

Rabbi Leonard Matanky, right, president of the Rabbinical Council of America, and Rabbi Steven Pruzansky.

Beth Din Of America Invites 'Several Women' To Join The Board

National rabbinic court of the Orthodox community hopes to 'repopulate' the board with 'members that reflect the broad swath of the Jewish community.'

11/07/2014
Staff Writer

The Beth Din of America, the country’s preeminent Orthodox religious court, invited “several women” to join its board.

Dr. Michelle Friedman. Via lionconference.org

Change, Pushback In Wake Of Mikvah Scandal

New conversion roles for women provoke pro and con responses within Orthodox community.

11/05/2014
Staff Writer

Last Thursday night, a meeting at Drisha Institute, a local program of advanced Jewish textual study for women, attracted an eclectic crowd of 45 community members, clergymen and women rabbinical students. The topic du jour was boundaries on rabbinic authority, and the mood was upbeat.

Why The RCA Is Reviewing Its Conversion Process

Even a well-intentioned system can be abused; responsible action must be taken to maintain its integrity.

11/04/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

Much public comment and debate have been generated in the wake of the shocking arrest of Rabbi Barry Freundel on deeply disturbing charges of voyeurism, including upon conversion candidates. For its part, the Rabbinical Council America (RCA) promptly moved to announce the formation of a committee that I will chair to review its Geirus Policies and Standards (GPS), the guidelines that govern its network of conversion courts. As this committee begins its deliberations, it is important to provide the greater Jewish community with appropriate context and perspective for this important initiative.

Rabbi Shmuel Goldin

Leading Rabbi Quits Local Court Citing 'Agenda of Feminists'

Rabbi Steven Pruzansky resigns from Bergen County Beit Din one day after RCA announces new conversion committee.

10/30/2014
Staff Writer

A member of the executive committee of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) has resigned as head of the conversion court of Bergen County, NJ following the RCA's appointment of a new conversion committee, which consists of six men and five women.

Rabbi Pruzansky, former RCA Vice President, resigned his post on the Bergen County rabbinic court. via parkercountyblog.files

Orthodox Women Vow To ‘Take Back The Mikvah’

Cite ‘peeping rabbi’ scandal as cause for a greater female role in Orthodox life.

10/22/2014
Editor and Publisher

Do Orthodox rabbis abuse the power they have over women?

The case of Barry Freundel, the influential rabbi of Congregation Kesher Israel in Washington, D.C., who was arrested last week on charges of videotaping women undressing to use the synagogue’s mikvah, has catapulted the issue of rabbinic abuse of power into the headlines. It has generated widespread emotions of anger, distrust and disgust, and raised questions about men’s influence on female use of the mikvah for family purity and in the conversion process. It has also prompted calls for new communal policies to give women a greater voice in Orthodox life.

Gary Rosenblatt

Has RCA Become A U.S. Chief Rabbinate?

01/28/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel recently made headlines for the wrong reasons once again. Until a recent agreement was reached, it had refused to accept letters from Rabbi Avi Weiss and other American Orthodox rabbis attesting to the Jewishness of congregants seeking to wed in Israel. As a result, numerous organizations and prominent individuals, in Israel and the U.S., each with a plan to reform, weaken, improve, or dismantle the Rabbanut (Chief Rabbinate), stood up for Rabbi Weiss and called on the Rabbanut to accept him. Ultimately, the Rabbanut agreed to accept Rabbi Weiss’ testimony and also to accept automatically any letter of testimony that has been approved by the Rabbinical Council of America, the largest association of Orthodox rabbis in the world.

Elli Fischer

Does The U.S. Now Have A Chief Rabbinate?

The RCA, a professional institution, must nurture its relationship with Israel's Rabbinate.

01/21/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel recently made headlines for the wrong reasons once again. Until a recent agreement was reached, it had refused to accept letters from Rabbi Avi Weiss and other American Orthodox rabbis attesting to the Jewishness of congregants seeking to wed in Israel. As a result, numerous organizations and prominent individuals, in Israel and the U.S., each with its own plan to reform, weaken, improve, or dismantle the Rabbanut [Chief Rabbinate], stood up for Rabbi Weiss and called on the Rabbanut to accept him. Ultimately, the Rabbanut agreed to accept Rabbi Weiss’s testimony and also to accept automatically any letter of testimony that has been approved by the Rabbinical Council of America, the largest association of Orthodox rabbis in the world.

Time To Stand Up To The Rabbinate

Rabbi Avi Weiss not only diaspora rabbi Israel rejected; why isn't the RCA speaking out?

01/08/2014
Editor and Publisher

Natan Sharansky, the iconic hero of the Soviet Jewry movement and chairman of the executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel, this week characterized the Israeli Chief Rabbinate’s questioning of Rabbi Avi Weiss’s rabbinic credentials as “absurd.”

Gary Rosenblatt
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