In Mid-November YWN published a “Mailbag” which caused a stir among Shuls, Rabbonim and members of the O.U.
The letter-writer was protesting the inclusion of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale as an OU-member shul despite having just 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.
Today YWN received the following (unedited) letter. The writer requested that his name be removed:
I have sent the attached letter to the 2018 Membership drive of the OU. I feel that if enough people express similar sentiments, perhaps it might influence the situation. Please fell free to publish it.
December 31, 2017
Mr. Moshe Bane, President Orthodox Union Eleven Broadway, 14th Floor New York, NY 10004
Re: Membership 2018
Dear Mr. Bane:
I would like to commend you for all of the tremendous work that the O.U. does for and on behalf of Klal Yisrael, in all endeavors of Jewish life.
It therefore, greatly pains me that I cannot accept membership in the organization at this time. Unfortunately, the Union of Orthodox Congregations of America is currently infected by a virulent type of cancer that is spreading very rapidly and endangering, not only the O.U., but all of those Jews who identify with the concept of Orthodoxy as envisioned by Rav Joseph Ber Soloveitchik zt”l, and beyond. The movement that calls itself “Open Orthodoxy” and it’s aligned Rabbis, Rabbahs, institutions, and “synagogues”, have succeeded in doing in about ten years what it took the Conservative Movement over 60 years to accomplish.
The Movement is based upon TOTAL APIKORSES and has no place within a movement which is guided by the principles set down by Rav Yosher Ber z”l and other Gedolei Hador. Moreover, allowing them a place in the O.U. affords them an air of legitimacy and respectability that can easily lead astray innocent naïve modern Orthodox Baal Habatim who want to be frum, and are really Yirei Shamayim. (I won’t bore you with the details; Rabbis Gordimer and Pruzansky and others have published extensively on the topic).
I look forward to the day (I hope it is soon, before it’s too late) that the leaders of the O.U. recognize this cancer and exorcise it from its midst.
(Name withheld upon request)
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