Saturday, February 28, 2009

Who is Orthodox, circa 2009
The Spring 5769/2009 of Jewish Action, the organ of the OU, includes a nostalgic review of "R. Meir Kahane; His Life and Thought volume 1, 1932-1975". A rather complex personality to put it lightly (very thinly written). The book is reviewed elsewhere, with much arrogance and condescension, but still informative.

Recently, Professor Eliezer Berkovits was deemed not Orthodox by R. Hershel Schacter; I checked this with someone reliable, who also said he had heard this as having been said by R. Schacter.

So...R. Meir Kahane is now to be considered normative - I mean, hey, his life is being selectively-but-laudingly reviewed in the organ of a mainline, "Centrist" but increasingly Chardal-sympathetic organization, itself in the throws of identity issues of much press - but Prof. Eliezer Berkovits is treif, as spoken by a Rosh Yeshiva of yet another 'mainline' institution increasingly adopting Charedi identity and hashkafa.

Also in recent news, Baruch Goldstein was referred to as a "sainted" person by R. Shlomo Aviner, likely for having been killed - after murdering 29 muslims in prayer, injuring 129, with clear intent to kill more - in what R. Aviner described as a "complicated" issue.

So...such an individual can be considered "sainted" for murdering 29 people - stopped from killing more only by his own death - and such an act considered merely 'complicated' - R. Meir Kahane is mainstreamed...and Prof. Eliezer Berkovits is rendered no longer Orthodox?...

Me? I can't say it's worth quiting over, because I've never been comfortable with the "orthodox" appellation to begin with. But they are yet two more things to build a 'case' for something from. that I don't admit - I state it. what that something is, I don't know. I just don't know anymore.


At 3/09/2009 11:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw that you mentioned a new book by rabbi berman in another blog. is this book available anywhere? i could not find it on the internet.

At 3/09/2009 11:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's from Oxford U Press, I got it on Amazon. Also, there's an official site for the book with a video presentation and some great essays;

At 3/09/2009 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...



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