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Rabbis’ Posse Closing In On Avi Weiss

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.
 

Hunters, Highways & Bears in Catskills Forest

With the warmer weather, and the coming of Passover, thoughts turn to the Catskills, where dozens of hotels were once open for the holiday, and the beginning of “the season.”

How many bears do you think there are, walking around in the Catskills woods?

Kanefsky: The 10-Year Solution

Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky laid out some legitimate criticism of Rav Avi’s ordination of Sara Hurwitz, changing her title from Maharat to Rabba:

Yitz Greenberg: The 10 Percent Solution

How far and fast a rabbi can impose change by executive fiat, as if some sort of Zeus? How far can a rabbi get in front of (or behind) his shul to the point where there are far less people supporting him than he supposes? if a shul is Orthodox, how far can a rabbi go beyond the bounds of what would be commonly accepted as Orthodox?

Avi Weiss - Like Butch Cassidy In Bolivia

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).

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The Winter Olympics Sap-0-Meter

Slate is running an ongoing Winter Olympics Sap-O-Meter, awarding one Sap Point for every time an NBC commentator uses any one of the following 35 words: adversity, battled, cancer, challenges, courage, cry, dad, daughter, death, dedication, determination, dream, emotion, father, glory, golden, heart, hero, inspiration, inspire, journey, magic, memory, mom, mother, overcome, passion, patriotic, proud, sacrifice, son, spirit, tears, tragedy, triumph.

Aint No Grave: Moses, Johnny Cash, End of Days

This week (Adar 7) was the yahrtzeit of Moses, and a day when burial societies (the chevra kaddisha), usually very private, get together for a communal meal, study and reflection. Adar 7 was chosen to be that day because not only is the grave of Moses unknown but no mortals prepared him for the grave, his chevra kaddisha was God.

Real Jews aren't afraid of a tea party

The liberal Jewish fear-mongering regarding the Tea Party movement, that somehow this grassroots anti-tax, anti-DC establishment uprising will hurt Jews, minorities, and the conservative wave sweeping the American spirit, is nothing but leftist wishful thinking.

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