Tuesday, November 03, 2015

RCA Bans Women Rabbis.

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Forward: Women Rabbis Officially Banned by Rabbinical Council of America
November 3, 2015 
The Rabbinical Council of America formally adopted a policy prohibiting the ordination or hiring of women rabbis. 
The policy announced on Friday came after a direct vote of the RCA membership, according to the organization. 
The resolution states that: “RCA members with positions in Orthodox institutions may not ordain women into the Orthodox rabbinate, regardless of the title used; or hire or ratify the hiring of a woman into a rabbinic position at an Orthodox institution; or allow a title implying rabbinic ordination to be used by a teacher of Limudei Kodesh (religious studies) in an Orthodox institution. (cont.)
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Let's see here...

In the photo (which I most certainly will not post here) accompanying this report, we see four women.

Three do not cover their hair according to the Shulhan Arukh, and two of them, possibly all three, do any even do so according to the Mishnah Brurah.

The one does cover her hair according to the Shulham Arukh (barely), is wearing bright red, as well as clothes which are too tight, and fails to cover parts of her body which are supposed to be covered.

And these women want to be called rabbis? Community leaders? Seriously?

I could go on ad infinitum. But, it so unnecessary.

The RCA should have gone much further. But, at least this will mean that such communities, who have completely confused Torah values and sensibilities with those picked up from 2,000 years of living in Galuth Edom (Western exile), will be relegated to being called something other than Orthodox.

Small consolation.

Unfortunately, the Modern "Orthodox" are not the only ones who have invented "female rabbis." Believe it or not, so have certain Haredi groups.

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