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Chovevei Response to Yated Ne’eman

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

R’ Nati Helfgot writes in response to the most recent anti-Chovevei dispatch.
If you think we’ve been round this bend before, well, it’s because we have.

Yated Ne’eman’s Latest Against Chovevei

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

It’s pretty much exactly what you’d expect.
In the blogs:
Bronstein’s got a letter to the editor, and a comparison of “two institutions I would [not] normally associate.”
Harry Maryles’s “Time to Take a Stand” approach is much-discussed…including by DovBear, who through word-substitution mocks Maryles’s take.
Yeshiva World News’ comments are enlightening.
Jonathan Baker critiques the critique, “because many of […]

Because Religion’s Only for the Small Sections

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

One of the most detailed stories you’ll read about Jewish philosophies in the New York Times comes in a real estate story about a Chovevei student.
UPDATE: Turns out the guy’s no longer a student, and hasn’t been for a while. Guess the Real Estate Section isn’t that much better than the A.

Chovevei Student Responds to Yated Attacks

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

Orthodox Paradox:
For those of you who have been following, the Yated Ne’eman in recent weeks have decided to be next in line in attacking Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. First, of course, was the Jewish Press, but the Yated could not be outdone by those modernishe yidden and decided they needed to prove their frumkeit as well […]

Another Major Chovevei Placement

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

It’s all-YCT, all-the-time here at Canonist this week. Anyway, for as much as the delay in certification by the RCA might be setting the yeshiva back, it scored a pretty major coup recently when recent graduate R’ Jason Weiner was hired as a rabbinic intern by the Young Israel of Century City. The rabbi there, […]

Chovevei Grads Not Yet in RCA

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

Three months ago, I did some reporting about a then-upcoming vote that would determine whether YCT graduates would be welcomed into the RCA. Well, the voting date of June 14th came and went, and there was no news. So I wrote to the RCA’s Rabbi Basil Herring to ask for an update, and he replied:
By […]

Should the Community be Concerned About YCT’s Berman Hiring?

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

Rabbi Saul Berman’s move to Yeshivat Chovevei Torah as the director of rabbinic enrichment so soon after the revelations about Mordechai Gafni raises obvious questions about Berman’s suitability for the position. He defended Gafni not simply repeatedly and outspokenly, but on the offensive — attacking individuals trying to get Gafni removed from clergy positions, such […]

Yated Ne’eman Attacks Chovevei

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

The ultra-Orthodox newspaper polemicizes against the liberal-Orthodox seminary in an editorial last week. A JPEG is uploaded here. It’s a pretty fun example of typical Yated argumentation.

Rabbi Saul Berman Hired by Chovevei

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

One door closes, and this one opens:
From: Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
Subject: Important Announcement to YCT Talmidim
Dear Chevre,
I am pleased to share with you some wonderful news. Rabbi Saul Berman has been appointed the Director of Rabbinic Enrichment at the Yeshiva. Rabbi Berman will head YCT’s Legacy Heritage Rabbinic Enrichment Initiative (LHREI). Established through the […]

More Fun With Samuel Heilman

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

In that Edah story, you’ve basically got Rabbi Saul Berman and historian Jonathan Sarna arguing that the organization’s closing because it has succeeded to the point where it’s not needed anymore (a very typical New York Jewish Week, “Modern Orthodoxy will save the world” kind of angle), and a contrasting quote from Samuel Heilman:
But Professor […]