OU Apologizes To NY Archdiocese For Levin Protest
10/18/10
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Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, executive vice president emeritus of the Orthodox Union, called Archbishop Timothy Dolan of the New York Archdiocese last week to express regret that an Orthodox rabbi held a political protest on the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Rabbi Yehuda Levin on Wednesday publicly suspended his support for Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino at the iconic Manhattan church, calling on Catholic leaders to hold a conference on politics and gay rights.

Although Rabbi Levin is not a not a member of the Orthodox Union, Rabbi Weinreb said he felt the need to express his regret. “We have an ongoing relationship with the Archbishop and other officials of the New York Archdiocese. “I know representatives of the church felt it was inappropriate.”

Rabbi Weinreb said his message, which did not address Rabbi Levin’s speech, only the venue, was acknowledged by officials of the Archdiocese.

UPDATE: After reading this post, Rabbi Levin called with his response: "In the early 80's I stood outside the steps defending St. Patrick's Cathedral on the issue of the gay [pride] parade. No one complained then that it was political."

As to last week's event: "My clear reference was that the Archbishop should provide leadership to the city and particularly to his adherents about the teachings of morality."
 

 

 

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11/09/2010 - 18:02

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Did the OU really find it necessary to have such an article written. I heard the 13 minutes that Rabbi Levin spoke from the steps of the Cathedral and he said nothing disrespectful about Catholics or the Arch-Bishop. He simply stated that Carl Paladino after saying what was said to the Jewish voters renagged on his speech and said he supported the Gays, etc . He had no back-bone and decided he had to do what he did. Rabbi Levin did right by pulling his name off the support list for Carl Paladino. Who else coul dhave stoofd up in front of quite a few cameras and microphones without a prepared speech in front of them and gone on for 13 long minutes and said what had to be said. Kudo's to Rabbi Levine and keep maiking the people aware that the Jewish people will not tolerate the immorality that goes on in the State of NY , this country-United States of America, as well the entire world at large.
Do we really want protests by animal rights actinides in front of shuls, anti-circumcision activists, anti-Israel activists... Paladino spoke from a place of ignorance. When he reframed his remarks, R Levin showed him what real ignorance looks like. Nothing pretty. Thank you to the OU for taking a stand for civility.
As a Catholic Rabbi Levin, has a point I am stuck with another Archbishop who does not seem to have the courage to speak out on moral issues,, though as the addage goes time and place for everything....
I agree with both points. Perhaps R. Levin should protest the lack of leadership in the Jewish Community first since we are now facing the same issue with "Orthodox Gays". I am waiting for sage-like rabbinic guidance on this. I do not believe we will subject them to biblical punishment but clarity would be nice? do we simply ignore them if they protest in front of the synagogue? It would probably be inappropriate.
OK, with all due respect to R' Levin, I'm pretty sure that, were he to show up for his morning minyan and find, on the steps of his shul, a monsignor making a speech to a group of Catholics about what a particular rabbi should or should not do, he'd be pretty irked.

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