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Efrat Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, who represents the extreme liberal wing of Orthodox Jewry, continues to ordain female rabbonim via his Ohr Torah Stone-affiliated Midreshet Lindenbaum. Two additional women were given the title מנהיגה רוחנית ומורת הוראה; Dr. Jennie Rosenfeld, who has worked in this capacity in Efrat over the past two years and Rabbanit Shira Zimmerman, who teaches halacha to women and youths in a number of different institutions.
Midreshet Lindenbaum reports the women have successfully completed five years of study and passed all the exams on הלכות איסור והיתר, שבת, נדה, אבלות, חופה וגירושין וגיור.
It is pointed out that the Chief Rabbinate of Israel or other state agencies do not recognize the ordination given to the women by Rabbi Riskin.
YWN notes that Chief Rabbi of Efrat Rabbi Shlomo Riskin has previously referred to “J” as a “model Rabbi”, and called him “Rabbi J”. [VIDEO IS BELOW]
Some excerpts of the 5 minute video:
Shalom to all. My name is Shlomo Riskin. I am the Chief rabbi of the City of Efrat…..I am an Orthodox Rabbi…and an Orthodox Rabbi who is very profoundly interested in religion in general, in Christianity, and especially in the persona of Jesus in particular….I was truly fascinated by the personality of Jesus, whom to myself I have always referred to as “Rabbi Jesus”….because I think he is indeed a “model Rabbi” in many counts…and he lived the life of a Jewish Rabbi in Israel in a very critical time in our history…..I have constantly come back to the study of his personality and his teachings which are very strongly rooted in Talmudic teachings…..”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem/Photo Credit: Medreshet Lindenbaum)