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9/11 Resources

Yeshiva University Formally Invests Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman as Fifth President – The Commentator
Yeshiva University Formally Invests Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman as Fifth President

The Dogma of Dianne Feinstein – The New York Times
Shrinking religious freedom | The Dogma of Dianne Feinstein

In defiance of Israeli law, polygamy sanctioned by top rabbis
Sefardim want their culture back – In defiance of Israeli law, polygamy sanctioned by top rabbis

The scholarship of Rabbi David Fuchs
Interesting guy – The scholarship of Rabbi David Fuchs

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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  1. See https://kavvanah.wordpress.com/2017/09/11/malka-z-simkovich-responds-to-rabbi-ethan-tucker-interview , a reply by Dr. Malka Simkovich to R Ethan Tucker’s interview with Dr Alan Brill (the previous blog post) https://kavvanah.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/interview-with-rabbi-ethan-tucker.

    Dr Brill does not highlight the important point in his summery of the response. But Dr Simkovich is correct to home in on R’ Tucker’s line “The category shift argument — proffered already several years ago by Rabbi Yoel bin Nun and developed further by me in a recent essay — suggests that the Sages’ original intent in these halakhot that speak about women, slaves and minors was never about biological sex per se, it was about class and power. Now that those variables have shifted dramatically in our society, women shift from exempt to obligated.”

    As she replies:
    “The assumption that halakha was formulated based on interests in preserving class and power is where Tucker and I disagree, and this disagreement may have substantive ramifications.”

    Yes, one is simply beyond the pale of Orthodoxy. This is Historical School “halakhah” in all its ugliness. We presume we know why halakhah was made. That presumption revolves around class and power. Then the Conservative Rabbi can claim he isn’t changing halakhah but applying it to a new situation as social systems shift. No emunas chakhamim. No concept that they were striving to the purest intentions possible to humans to find G-d’s Will. Rabbis kept women down to preserve the class structure.

    R Ethan Tucker’s interview is so blatantly Conservative, I’m not sure I would even bother prepending a “neo-“.

    (I was going to email this to R’ Gil Student privately, but in case anyone else sees this comment chain; maybe I’ll get another eyeball or two.)

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