Thursday, April 29, 2010

Die rather than ordain woman rabbis?

Another reason I could never be orthodox
The mainline Orthodox rabbinic Association
just voted unanimously that one should die rather than ordain woman.Before the vote, the delegates heard a shiur by Rav Hershel Schachter, shlit”a, who said that there were two reasons lehalachah that women could not be ordained. He saw such ordination as a violation of the issur of serarah, citing an Avnei Nezer that modern semichah is invested with power. He then drew gasps from the audience when he said that it was also a yehareg v’al ya’avor – because the Conservative movement had made egalitarianism a key plank in its platform.

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