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New Rabbinical School in Canada

There is a new rabbinical school on the block. The Canadian Yeshiva and Rabbinical School. Here is how they describe themselves.

We are that rare centre-Orthodox Yeshiva that furthers participation in the modern world while simultaneously critiquing it. In our view, an Orthodoxy that separates one from the rest of the contemporary world has failed, for, traditionally, Judaism does not advocate cloisters or sages sitting cross-legged on a mountaintop.

We are, at the same time, that rapidly disappearing right-wing Conservative Yeshiva that understands that the way to G-d is through the commandments. In our view, a Conservative Judaism that has lost its halakhic raison dêtre has failed, for, traditionally, Judaism is not a smorgasbord from which one takes what one wants and leaves the rest. We specifically see as failing the Shabbat driving decision and the concept of basing “valid” decisions on minority opinions.

You can read about their faculty here, and they apparently hope to open their doors in September 2011.

3 Responses to “New Rabbinical School in Canada”

  1. 1
    lacosta:

    the faculty is basically UTJ , the curriculum is not Orthodox. theycan call themselves whatever they want , but they are not orthodox , and will not be recognized as such. they can’t expect to work in RCA institutions….

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    Yoine Cohen:

    I agree, it is just another desperate attempt to blur the lines. And Rabbi Sperber, by accepting this position, is showing his true colors; what he is all about, and in what light his ‘smicha’ for Rabba Hurwitz should be seen.

    This shall not pass either. I would tell my fellow Canadians; “nice try, if you walk like a duck and talk like a duck…”

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    Mikael Swayze:

    I disagree, with respect. Orthodox means adhering to halacha. Clearly, the new school intends to do that…it seems embedded in the curriculum IMHO. Moreover, I think it highly inappropriate to cast aspersions on a scholar on the order of Rav Daniel Sperber. Sadly, neither of the two comments above speak from a perspective of klal israel or ahavat israel. I am thrilled there will be a yeshiva in Canada of this nature. Toronto luckily still is one of those places with a modern orthodox/traditional conservative community. This kind of an institution will serve our community well and allow us to train our own rabbis anchored in the tradition. Observant Jews in Canada should welcome such an opportunity for growth in Torah values in our own backyard.

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