Avi Weiss’ Rabba Joins “Pioneer Female Rabbis” for “Hanukkah Celebration” in Mass.

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avi-weissThe Associated Press reported on Sunday that four “pioneer female rabbis” would be meeting in the Boston area for “what’s being billed as a Hanukkah celebration.”

The program this past Monday evening, called “Raising up the Light,” featured the first “ordained” North American Reform, Reconstructionist and Conservative female rabbis, and “the first Open Orthodox rabba,” reported the AP.

That “Orthodox rabba,” of course, is Rabba Sara Hurwitz, who was “ordained” by Rabbi Avi Weiss of Riverdale, as reported and covered extensively here on Matzav.com over the past two years. 

The panel discussion with “rabbis” Sally Priesand, Sandy Sasso and Amy Eilberg and “Rabba” Sara Hurwitz was held at Temple Reyim in West Newton.

The Associated Press reported that “the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts, which is sponsoring the event, says it’s the first time all four women have appeared publicly in one place. The program also includes a Hanukkah candle lighting by every female rabbi in attendance from New England.”

Disgraceful.

{Yossi Schneider-Matzav.com Newscenter}

15 COMMENTS

  1. B’chol Dor V’dor Omdeem Alainu L’echalosainu

    it’s from our own people ”Meesyavnim”

    Matzav? why put this on the Headlines?
    It should be in the Obituairy section

  2. I think this move hurts the ‘Rabba’ enterprise and does not help it.

    This coming together of female ‘Rabbis’ only affirms what many people alreadey think; i.e. that the ordination of a Rabba is a move towards reform ideology and not something which would be neutral(or even acceptable) in the eyes of normative orthodox Halacha.

    By allowing this, Avi Weiss hurts his cause. With his marginalization in orthodox circles becoming more inevitable.

  3. I think this move hurts the ‘Rabba’ enterprise and does not help it.

    This coming together of female ‘Rabbis’ only affirms what many people alreadey think; i.e. that the ordination of a Rabba is a move towards reform ideology and not something which would be neutral(or even acceptable) in the eyes of normative orthodox Halacha.

    By allowing this, Avi Weiss hurts his cause. With his marginalization in orthodox circles becoming more inevitable.

  4. Its amazing how the darkness of Yovon and the misyavnim still keeps on cropping up. What’s even more ironic is they chose Chanukah- of all times- to try and bring us down R”L. They’ll end up as the tzedukim and all others of that ilk, R”L

  5. Weiss is just looking for another headline story. He can give out Rabbaships to who ever or how many women he wants. Call it what you want. Toras Moshe will always remain Toras Moshe. Moshe Emes, Ve Toraso Emes. Sally, Sandy, Amy and Sara, Happy Hanaka

  6. Since the problem of meeting with reform, conservative and reconstructionist “rabbis” is directed at Orthodox RABBIS, I don’t see this as a problem, since she is joining a group of three other non-recognized clergy persons.

  7. I think this sounds the death knell for Orthodox “rabba”s.
    It was blatant that the only “female rabbis” exist in reform, conservative and reconstructionist movements. What is “rabba” Sara Hurwitz doing in that group if she is Orthodx, as proclaimed?
    Avi Weiss wants affirmation (or attention) from the RCA and other Orthodox rabbinic groups.
    His shul is Orthodox.
    I doubt that will remain the status quo.

  8. Does the Rabba have an Halachic opinion regarding entering a Conservative temple? Does the Rabba have a halachic opinion regarding meeting with Reform and Conservative Rabbis, thus affording them legitimization?

    Which Gadol does the Rabba consult when a really difficult question crops up?

  9. 7. Comment from Bigbirdcpa
    Time December 8, 2010 at 10:36 AM:
    “A reporter does not include their opinions in articles such as “Disgraceful”.”

    Azoi? The taliban in Iran do it all the time.

  10. Is this an editorial? DOn’t label this article disgraceful!
    Second, I’m glad you guys use chanukah to pass around lashon harah and sinas chinam for those who unfotunately could also use kiruv to some extent… I guess it’s better to do it on chanukah then tisha b’av…

  11. If an action is disgraceful, why shouldn’t it be called disgraceful?

    If someone does something publicly which is against the Torah, it is not Loshon Harah to speak out against it.

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