Monday, September 10, 2012

One Picture - 1000 Words

I can't think of a more fitting tribute to Rabbi Asher Lopatin and his goals at YCT than this picture of him speaking to Rabbi Yehoshua H. Eichenstein. His goal at YCT which he has been hired to lead is to make it more open - to the right. As I said in my own tribute to him on my main blog, if there is anyone who can do it, it is Asher Lopatin.

For more on this story read the JTA article on it. Here is an excerpt:
Lopatin says he wants to ground the students more firmly in Orthodoxy by exposing them to the “full Orthodox spectrum.” That includes, he said, exposure to and instruction from haredi Orthodox yeshiva leaders.
“When it comes to things like Gemarah and halachah and hashkafah and Tanach,” Lopatin said, using the Hebrew terms for Talmud, Jewish law, philosophy and Bible, “those are things that need to be taught fully, classically Orthodox. Those are the main meat and potatoes of smicha” – rabbinic ordination. 
This is a great goal and a change of direction sorely needed by YCT. Will it be enough to gain acceptance by the wider Orthodox community? Time will tell.


  1. Yes it is. I'm sure all the nay-sayers are puzzled by this picture considering that R'Eichenstein is R' Yaakov Perlow's BIL and how strongly YCT has been condemned by the right.

  2. Rabbi Lopatin is tops, and he brings incremental integrity to every institution he joins.
    That said - what I would love to see - if they exist after 1990 - are pictures of Charedi Rabbis actually speaking with (rather than just listening to) MO folks.