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Yossi Klein Halevi: Obama vs. Jerusalem

 Excellent piece by Yossi Klein Halvi in The New Republic on the crisis in Israel-US relations. Jerusalem “feels like a war zone” again. Was Obama’s confrontation with Israel premeditated?

Avi Weiss vs Avi Weiss

 Avi Weiss’ main point for having a woman on his rabbinic staff at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale is that “90 percent” of what a rabba (woman rabbi) does is the same as what a rabbi does. In Avi’s shul, a rabba gives sermons from the pulpit, teaches classes, visits the sick, provides spiritual and halachic guidance, and works with bat mitzvah girls, and Sara Hurwitz does that all quite nicely. So why not give her honor equal to her colleagues who are men?

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).

More Reaction to Grossman, Killer of Peggy Park

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.

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