This is the first in a neverending series where I am going to be decoding alooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooot of bull shit from the religious establishment, using stuff from the news, and particularly the Failed Messiah blog.
Let's rock and roll. XD Rabosai, the thread we will be talking about is this- http://failedmessiah.typepad.com/failed_messiahcom/2010/12/new-liberal-halakhic-yeshiva-to-open-in-toronto-567.html
1) From the news article, "Organizers say they are aiming at a middle ground between Conservative Judaism and what they describe as an increasingly rigid Orthodox movement."
The thing is, conservative judaism itself spawned from the reform movement to be a middle ground between reform and orthodox. So what they are saying is that they want a middle ground to go in between the middle ground and orthodoxy. THAT'S NOT THE MIDDLE GROUND when you take the whole spectrum into account.
2) From the news article, "“I’m somewhat disenchanted with what’s happening in the rabbinic establishment in the United States, especially the direction Yeshiva University has taken, which has moved to the right,” said Rabbi Daniel Sperber, Talmud professor at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University and 1992 winner of the Israel Prize."
LOL Garnel, how many years ago was I saying that even YU was too right wing? Sounds like people are finally starting to take their heads out of their rear ends. XD
3) From the news article "Sperber says he was drawn to the institution’s vision of “a more liberal, more friendly approach to halachah,” or Jewish law."
By liberal I hope they mean more chilled out with the rituals as opposed to giving in to the gay agenda or to the abortion agenda. There is no clause anywhere for be fruitful and multiply to not apply to people with homosexual impulses, and of course, abortion is just wrong.
4) From the article "Sperber, who is on the advisory board of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, a liberal Orthodox rabbinical school in New York founded by Rabbi Avi Weiss, says the major hurdle will be attracting more Orthodox faculty. If the new school becomes identified as a Conservative institution -- a possibility, given that most of its leadership is Conservative -- Sperber said he will withdraw."
Liberal orthodox my ass.