It pains us to post the following editorial submitted to YWN, but we were left with no alternative……
What act, or lack of an act, does Yeshiva University need to commit that would make the G-d fearing Torah scholars on its faculty resign?!
I pose this question pursuant to today’s NY Post (which is currently linked on the Drudgereport).
A Yeshiva University professor left two years ago as a man – and returned last week as a woman.
Yes, you read correctly. Cont.
Literature Professor Joy Ladin, formerly known as Jay Ladin, 47, showed up for her first day of school dressed as a woman (edited). She cheerfully strutted through the doors of the Midtown campus’ main building, where she oversees the writing center.
She “oversees”… Cont.
Many at the Jewish University are horrified by the presence of the transgender professor. Some fear the news could cut alumni donations.
People know it’s a JEWISH university. Who on the board I wonder (look them up) would cut their funding? Cont.
“He’s not a woman. He’s a male (edited),” said Rabbi Moshe Tendler, a senior dean at Yeshiva’s rabbinical school and a professor of biology and medical ethics. “He’s a person who represents a kind of amorality which runs counter to everything Yeshiva University stands for. There is just no leeway in Jewish law for a transgender.
“There is no niche where he can hide out as a female without being in massive violation of Torah law, Torah ethics and Torah morality.”
So what precisely is Rabbi Tendler doing about this “massive violation”? Is YU also in massive violation by having Ladin: on their payroll, TEACHING and OVERSEEING their students? cont.
….The conflict with the university started at the end of 2006, three years after Ladin joined the faculty. Less than two weeks after the university gave the celebrated poetry and literature professor tenure, she told them that she was transgender and in the process of becoming a woman. The university placed Ladin on indefinite leave, according to faculty members, who requested anonymity. After months of heated debate among Rabbis, Administrators, Ladin and her lawyers, the university agreed to let her return, according to sources close to the negotiations. No one from the school would comment officially, but many faculty members, who spoke anonymously, said the decision was legally motivated. “They didn’t have a choice unless they wanted to be embroiled in a legal battle,” said one faculty member.
Why not be “embroiled”? If it’s because of money, didn’t YU just brake its own fundraising records (reported HERE on YWN)? cont.
….Although some rabbis are outraged by Ladin’s return-
How “outraged”? Who are they “outraged” at? What are they going to do about their “outrage”? Cont.
…..many students are celebrating.
…..students named Sarah and Shaynde! Cont.
…..University President Richard Joel declined comment, except to say, “I’m proud of my university and all my faculty.”
“proud….ALL my faculty”, Ladin is certainly thankful of that.
That’s it Richard Joel would say.
What are YU’s Rabbonim going to DO – not say- about all this??!!
(Editorial by: Ed Freeds – YWN)
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