The following (unedited) letter was posted in the YWN Coffee Room:
A friend of mine sent this as an email to the OU, and asked me to try and get others to write something similar. Maybe if enough people do write in, they will take action.
I am writing to protest the inclusion of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale as an OU-member shul.
As is well known, HIR is the source of Open Orthodoxy. They violate the OU’s stance on Women in rabbinic roles, as they list not just one, but two women with the titles of Rabba on their web site!
Just recently, HIR sent out a message wishing a mazal tov to two young men on their engagement, and wishing that they build a bayis ne’eman b’yisrael. This blatant violation of halachah should not be recognized at all by an Orthodox shul, never mind being celebrated!
I urge you to review whether you want the OU associate with a place like HIR, and consider expelling them as members.
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