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AVI WEISS STARTING A NEW RELIGION

June 10th, 2013 · No Comments

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Avi Weiss Set To Ordain Three Women as “Maharats” This Sunday

Monday June 10, 2013 4:32 PM – 14 Comments

avi-weissThis Sunday, June 16, three women will be “ordained” as Orthodox rabbis at the inaugural graduation ceremony of Yeshivat Maharat, founded by Rabbi Avi Weiss, who also established the Open Orthodox Chovevei Torah in Riverdale, NY, as Tablet Magazine reports.

Yeshivat Maharat claims that its female graduates will not be granted the title of “rabbi.” Instead Ruth Balinsky Friedman, Rachel Kohl Finegold and Abby Brown Scheier will instead receive the title of “maharat,” which stands for manhiga hilchatit ruchanit toranit.

Avi Weiss is following the path of the Reform, Reconstructionist and Conservative movements, which have ordained women since 1972.

Sara Hurwitz, the dean of Yeshivat Maharat, was the first Orthodox woman to be ordained in the United States, also by Weiss. In 2009, Hurwitz received semichah from Rabbi Weiss and Rabbi Daniel Sperber. Sperber administered the semicha exam to next week’s “graduates.”

At first, Hurwitz received the title maharat, but Weiss changed her title to rabbah. That March, the Rabbinical Council of America issued a statement about discussions that members of the RCA had with Weiss: “We are gratified that during the course of these conversations Rabbi Weiss concluded that neither he nor Yeshivat Maharat would ordain women as rabbis and that Yeshivat Maharat will not confer the title of ‘rabba’ on graduates of their program.”

Hurwitz continues to use the title of rabba, nevertheless.

On May 7 of this year the RCA reissued its 2010 statement: “We cannot accept either the ordination of women or the recognition of women as members of the Orthodox rabbinate, regardless of the title.”

But these “graduates” have already been hired.

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of the National Synagogue in Washington, D.C., recently hired Balinsky Friedman.

Rabbi Adam Scheier of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim of Montreal – and husband of soon-to-be maharat Abby Brown Scheier – recently hired Kohl Finegold.

As Tablet reports, Scheier got some flak for a speech he delivered on Shavuos about hiring Kohl Finegold, in which he stated, “We are unapologetically Orthodox, and we are unapologetically modern. … This is a not a break from tradition. If you look closely enough, the women have been there all along. It’s just now that we’re recognizing their presence, and it’s just now that we’re stepping aside just a little bit to create a place for that voice to be heard in our Beit Midrash, from our pulpit, and from the other areas of Jewish life which are not halakhically limited to men, but have been traditionally perceived as the domain of men.”

Rabbi Hyim Schafner of Beis Abraham in St. Louis recently hired Picker Neiss. Read Tablet’s full report here.

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MY COMMENT

THATS ALL WE NEED ANOTHER NEW RELIGION.
Taking away money needed for building funds now going to these woman for a new kosher underwear. Think they will be wearing Hanes underwear?.
lets see we have
orthodox
ultra orthodox
black hat
knit hat
plain black hat
bar mitzvah colored hats
converadox
conservative
reform deformed
humanistic
secular
AND NOW THE GRAND OPENING OF THE
FEMINIST BY HANES or is  it ‘JOE BOXER’
does anyone think they will secretly wear
‘victoria secret’?

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