YCT Graduate Rabbi Publicly Supports Same Gender Marriage and Relates It to Celebration of Chanukah December 13, 2012  5:02 pm

chovevei-torahRabbi Akiva Herzfeld, who leads a Portland congregation, is a graduate of the Open Orthodox Yeshiva Chovevei Torah. In a recent editorial,the YCT Graduate publicly supports same gender marriage and relates it to celebration of Chanukah.

Click here to read the column in the Portland Press Herald.

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26 Responses to YCT Graduate Rabbi Publicly Supports Same Gender Marriage and Relates It to Celebration of Chanukah

1 .Comment from dady

December 13, 2012 at 5:10 pm
A bunch of low lifs,

2 .Comment from Lunitic

December 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm
Is this a Chiddush? Once you no longer believe in Torah MeSeniy, so what do you expect?

3 .Comment from shortcut

December 13, 2012 at 7:09 pm
Shame on you.

4 .Comment from yy

December 13, 2012 at 7:20 pm
How dare he call himself a Rabbi. It's against the torah and greatly angers G-D

5 .Comment from AlbertEinstein

December 13, 2012 at 7:27 pm
This cleric is even worse than the misyavnim. At least the latter didn't use their Yiddishkeit as their justification.

6 .Comment from tzippi

December 13, 2012 at 7:35 pm
Sad. Proponents of DOMA do not necessarily deny the possibility of civil unions.

7 .Comment from Chaval

December 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm
The desire to sound original and creative -in thought and action -is a Nisayon to many.

8 .Comment from Anonymous

December 13, 2012 at 8:17 pm
When he relates it to the celebration of Chanukah he means reenacting the Helenists!

9 .Comment from No

December 13, 2012 at 8:36 pm
How dare he call himself "Orthodox" or "Rabbi" in his article. He is a Michalel Shem Hashem.

10 .Comment from Daas Torah

December 13, 2012 at 8:37 pm
You may as well title this article: YCT Graduate 'rabbi' publicly comes out aginst Hashem.

11 .Comment from Anonymous

December 13, 2012 at 10:01 pm
YCT is not Orthodox. They have pushed the envelope too far & this "Rabbi" is the results. Let's stop referring to them as Orthodox.

12 .Comment from Michael

December 13, 2012 at 10:03 pm
Thank You so much, Matzav, for keeping us abreast of everything that's going on with people who at one time learned in Chovivei Torah and are now a discredit to Orthodox Judaism.

13 .Comment from ml

December 13, 2012 at 10:43 pm
a complete chillul H-shem and disgrace. we need to stand and protest in the name of H-shem that same gender 'marriage' is not right, never was and never will be.

14 .Comment from FYI

December 14, 2012 at 2:46 am
What a disgrace. ???? ???? ????? ??? ????? and ????? ??? ?"?. Let us call on the school to publicly revoke his ordination, or face strong action itself.

15 .Comment from American Patriot

December 14, 2012 at 3:49 am
After reading his disgusting article it is so obvious by his words & phrases.

16 .Comment from Anonymous

December 14, 2012 at 4:36 am
#12, YCT in not Orthodox nor Judaism. They fully support and are proud of this graduate of theirs.

17 .Comment from Anonymous

December 14, 2012 at 4:41 am
#14, "Let us call on the school..." HAHAHA Just in case you were unaware, the school teaches them this skewed and blasphemous ideology .

18 .Comment from Rabeini HaKudesh V'Hatuhor

December 14, 2012 at 5:46 am
People should also e-mail Dr. Natan Kahn the Shaarey Tphiloh Shul President to protest the Shul's reform rabbi. His e-mail is: maineshul@gmail.com

19 .Comment from sd

December 14, 2012 at 7:00 am
put him in cheirim!

20 .Comment from why?

December 14, 2012 at 9:47 am
why does matzav.com have to post this story? are we all really sure that lashon hara doesn't apply over here?

21 .Comment from Curious

December 14, 2012 at 9:59 am
If you read the piece, it could have been written by a seventh grader.

22 .Comment from Jew

December 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm
Open Orthodoxy? It should be called, Open Idiocy.

23 .Comment from ayoldguy1

December 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm
I think his article us a little more nuanced than your screaming, simplistic headline makes it out to be.

24 .Comment from Anonymous

December 15, 2012 at 6:05 pm
#20, Why do you mention loshon hora here, when it has no relevence. This idiot published his "piece"

25 .Comment from No

December 15, 2012 at 8:07 pm
Here we go again, with someone citing "Lashon Hara" in a situation where it is not. If someone publicly endorses something which clearly against the Torah, protesting against it is NOT Lashon Hara. Check the Hilchos Shmiras HaLoshon before you claim that something is Lashon Hara. This "Rabbi" is endorsing a lifestyle which was part of the Greek lifestyle that the Maccabees were fighting against. How ironic that he claims that the 2 situations are the same. Disgusting.

26 .Comment from Laser

May 6, 2013 at 5:38 am
I find this "Open Orthodoxy" to be just another reform movement. If anyone can give semikha to anyone with any standard of commitment, there is no meaning to the title of rabbi.


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