Churban: “Rabbis” and “Rabbas” Trained by Hartman Institute and HaMidrasha Receive “Semichah”

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For the first time in Israel, a rabbinate comprising “a diverse, multi-denominational group of religious and secular men and women” has been ordained, receiving semichah in violation of the p’sak of all gedolim of this and previous generations.

The Beit Midrash for Israeli Rabbis, a project of the Shalom Hartman Institute and HaMidrasha at Oranim, ordained its first cohort of 16 rabbis at a gala ceremony and celebration at the Hartman Institute in Yerushalayim.

The Beit Midrash for Israeli Rabbis is “an egalitarian program for training pluralistic Israeli spiritual community leaders, whose inclusive vision will catalyze a process of spiritual rejuvenation for the Israeli public sphere and its emerging Jewish communities.”

The program offers the following info about its “semichah”:

“For two years, program participants have been studying classic and contemporary texts in an effort to develop a new, meta-denominational language of Jewish identity that draws from Israel’s diverse and rich culture and heritage.

“The curriculum addressed some of the most compelling challenges facing Israeli society, including sacred time (Shabbat, holidays, and lifecycle ceremonies), God and theology, family, mitzvah, halakhah and law, and personal, community, and national morals.

“Many of the graduates already hold leadership positions and have been serving Jewish communities and organizations in Israel for years and are known to thousands who share the program’s expansive vision. They comprise a diverse group of men and women, Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, secular, and unaffiliated. They include Israeli natives from cities, settlements, and kibbutzim across the country, and immigrants from North America, the former Soviet Union, and Ethiopia.”

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Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, President of the Hartman Institute, said the program’s task is to “offer a new, maximalist vision of Judaism that will compete for the future of Israel and which will help transform all of Jewish Israel from spectators to players.”

He added, “We want to expand the scope of religious possibilities to which individuals are exposed, and to reshape the public sphere, so that it reflects and respects the profound religious diversity of our people both in Israel and around the world,” Rabbi Hartman said. “To bring this Judaism alive, we need new Jewish leaders. Leaders who teach with depth, knowledge, creativity, and open-mindedness. Jewish leaders who build communities of decency and kindness. Jewish leaders who understand that diversity is not a problem which needs to be overcome but a reality that needs to be celebrated and fostered in the spirit of ‘these and these are the words of the living God.’”

Dr. Moti Zeira, CEO of HaMidrasha at Oranim, said, “We are convinced that, as Israeli Rabbis/Rabbas, our graduates will create a strong foundation of Israeli-Jewish spiritual leadership committed to Jewish sources, social responsibility, solidarity, justice, camaraderie, human rights, and mutual responsibility,” Zeira said. “We believe with all our hearts that they will extend the benefits of community life to an Israeli society eager for spiritual engagement, and become driving forces toward building the country as a Jewish and democratic state.”

The following are the “Rabbis” who received “ordination” with info as provided by the program:

Rav Shraga Bar-On is the director of the Shalom Hartman Institute department for Israeli Leadership, a SHI research fellow, and teaches Talmud at Shalem College. More on Shraga

Rabba Tamar Elad-Appelbaum is Founder of ZION: an Eretz Israeli Congregation in Jerusalem, and Vice President of the Masorti Rabbinical Assembly.

Rabba Devorah Evron is Director of the Elga Stulman Institute at HaMidrasha at Oranim.

Rav Esteban Gottfried is rabbi, co-Founder and Director of Beit Tefillah Yisraeli in Tel Aviv, and was first ordained as a rabbi at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem.

Rabba Avital Campbell Hochstein is a scholar and teacher of Talmud. She has participated in Shalom Hartman Institute Batei Midrash for more than 20 years as a student, teacher, and research fellow. More on Avital

Rav Rani Jaeger is co-Founder and Chairman of Beit Tefillah Yisraeli, a Shalom Hartman Institute research fellow, and a member of the Be’eri Initiative for Pluralistic Jewish Education leadership. More on Rani

Rabba Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel is a Shalom Hartman Institute research fellow and a post-doctoral fellow and lecturer at Ben-Gurion University and at Tel Aviv Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. More on Ruth

Rav Uri Kroizer is Director of Education and Community for the Piyut and Tefllah Website, and initiates and leads prayer at Kabbalot Shabbat in Jerusalem’s public squares and at ZION: an Eretz Israeli Congregation.

Rabba Noga Brenner Samia is Deputy Director of BINA – Center for Jewish Identity and Hebrew Culture – and a teacher at the Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv.

Rav Shalom Zaude Sharon made Aliyah from Ethiopia alone at the age of nine. He serves as the Rabbi of Congregation Kedosei Yisrael in Kiryat Gat and is the author of From Sinai to Ethiopia, a book seeking to reconcile rabbinic Jewish practice with Ethiopian traditional practice.

Rav Dani Segal is the Community Rabbi of Alon and a founding member of Ein Prat Academy of Leadership.

Rabbi Shlomo Zacharow is Chairman of the Israel Rabbinical Assembly Law Committee and a faculty member of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem.

Rav Shay Zarchi is one of the founders of Nigun haLev in Nahallal, and a founder and Educational Director of the Beit Midrash for Israeli Rabbis and helped found HaMidrasha at Oranim.

Rabba Hadas Ron Zariz is spiritual leader of the Jewish renewal community in Kibbutz Yifat, and a founding member of HaMidrasha at Oranim, where she serves as co-Director and instructor.

Rav Mishael Zion is the Community Scholar and Rabbi of Bronfman Fellowships and a faculty member at the Mandel Leadership Institute in Jerusalem. He was first ordained by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in New York.

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}

15 COMMENTS

  1. There is no point in commenting when Matzav won’t allow any negative reality about the practicality of a woman being a Rav. You just must edit /censor/sanitize /splice everything you’re to dumb and stupid to understand. What a shame. You are part of the problem.

    • Calling names is not helpful, honest conversation can be.
      The Torah, as the blueprint of the world is really the most practical document that there is, therefore we need to learn to view practicality from its perspective not our own. If it were left up to those who equate their own sense of right and wrong on equal footing with the opinions of those whose minds are steeped in Torah, we would be in a sorry state. Think how many mitzvoth could be deemed impractical.

    • Yes, indeed they are. We have one so called rabbi from this institute in the Catskill Mountains, moved from one of the Mordern Orthodox kehilah in New Jersey. Though he has no pulpit but is trying to get a foothold in the community. The good thing is people know who this person is and what his bagage is. The frum kehila in the mountains are watching making sure he does not come near a shul in the capacity of leadership.
      It is important that the Matzav continues their propaganda in trying to reveal these apikorsim.

  2. These guys are a bunch of phonies. Their practices are as Goyish as reform practices. The [money making] business known as the Hartman Institute and the cult known as Reform both have little or nothing to do with Judaism. Their leaders are phonies and liars. They invent their own laws and practices and then tell their followers that they’re practicing real Judaism when in fact they are not.

    If you ever have the unfortunate mazel of running into one of these falshe fish asked them if they believe that Hashem authored the Torah. Listen to them hem-and-haw and then they try to answer “around” the question because they certainly don’t believe that Hashem authored the Torah. They think that men and women wrote different parts of many years. These nuts are worse than apikorsim and they’re dangerous too.

  3. I assume they are also ordained in new tes….

    Also why is it news who the christians, reconstructionist, reform conservative, humanistic karites, protostant, OO ordain, on this site.

  4. I assume they are also ordained in new tes….

    Also why is it news who the christians, reconstructionist, reform conservative, humanistic karites, protostant, OO ordain, on this site.

  5. I assume they are also ordained in new tes….

    Also why is it news who the christians, reconstructionist, reform conservative, humanistic karites, protostant, OO ordain, on this site.

  6. I assume they are also ordained in new tes….

    Also why is it news who the christians, reconstructionist, reform conservative, humanistic karites, protostant, OO ordain, on this site. Anyone who dont belive that even 1 letter in torah not min hashomayim is not …. Sanhedrin paskened in rambam S’U

  7. Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, President of the Hartman Institute, said the program’s task is to “offer a new, maximalist vision of Judaism that will compete for the future of Israel and which will help transform all of Jewish Israel from spectators to players.”

    Putting your arms on the shoulders of women (as shown in the picture) definitely changes you from a spectator to a “player.” I guess they don’t bother with the halachos of “negiah” (not touching women other than one’s wife, daughter, mother, bubbe) at the Hartman Institute. If this is what the new “maximalist” vision is, I’ll stick with the old, true and tested “minimalist version! For shame! And least they don’t have the chutzpah to call it orthodox Judaism,as does Open Orthodoxy.

  8. They look no different than the reform and conservative jews I have seen for many years of my life.

    This is of course sad. But the monicker that they are orthodox in any way is yet another offense to Israel.

    Reform of course has tried to make a woman a ‘rabbi’ for many years. This is the same with yet a new name to try to fool the orthodox. Blind no soul on this matter, this is yet another satanic attempt to destroy the spiritual feelings and values of the holy in Israel.

    Criminal fate invested by the hate of Israel. It is still the same exact anti-Torah value system of hate and has no place to be in our future. A good soul will know how to avoid this careless hate crowd of scoffers and unusual disputed minds.

    Terrible.

  9. I am curious can the author of this article answer if the perushim during the second beis hamikdosh brought sacrifices to the beis hamikdosh when the preists were sadducees. Why does this website focus so much on things outside their area!

  10. It would be very helpful to have a strong historical perspective of Hartman agenda, stategy, and support. They’ve been very gradualist,and have moved very cagily toward this rish’us; much more than the Riverton-Efrat cartel.

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