Is the Open Orthodox hashpa’ah in Riverdale, NY, spreading? Looks like it, unfortunately.
SAR High School in Riverdale, New York, is now allowing girls to wrap tefillin during Shacharis. It is probably the first Modern Orthodox high school in the U.S. to do so, reports The Boiling Point, the online student newspaper of Shalhevet High School in LA.
Two girls were granted permission to wrap tefillin and wear a tallis at the school’s daily all-girls prayer meeting, according to an email sent out by Rabbi Tully Harcsztark, head of SAR’s high school, reports the Jewish Press.
Are these Maharats or Rabbas in training? Harcsztark tired to justify it halachically.
“I have given permission to two female students… to put on tefillin during tefilah,” Rabbi Harcsztark wrote in an early December 2013 e-mail to the SAR faculty, obtained by The Boiling Point, as reported by Jewish Press. “They do so every day and have not been permitted to do so in school until now. I believe that it is halachically permissible although it is a communally complicated issue.”
The churban continues.