Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Who was the target of this week's expression of official Agudah ire?

Avi Shafran went on the attack yet again in his latest column for Ami magazine. Actually, "attack" might be too gentle to describe what R' Shafran did. To put it precisely, he called for this particular Rabbi to be repudiated by his congregation and formally tossed out of Orthodox Judaism by his rabbinic organization.

So who does Agudah hate this week? Take a guess. Was it:

A)  Lippy Margolis, the Brooklyn Rosh Yeshiva who,  for several decades, protected and employed a pedophile;

B) Yehoida Gadasi, the Emanuel rabbi who attacked and cursed a group of teen age girls who offended hime by riding go-karts on a public go-kart course;

C) The Baba Elazar, who stood accused by several Jews and the Brooklyn D.A  of running an elaborate segulah scam.

D) Shmuel Yaakov Kohn, the Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok Rebbe or his brother, Rabbi Dovid Kohn, the Toldos Aharon Rebbe, facilitators of violent attacks against women and policemen -- attacks that mysteriously die down whenever they are in America hitting up donors.

E) Any of the Orthodox Rabbis who support, enable, and profit from the entire corrupt culture of segulah sales?

F) Yehudah Levin the gay-hating lunatic who embarrasses us every time he opens his uneducated mouth.

Answer: None of the above, of course!

To the best of my knowledge R. Shafran has never said a public word about these particular rabbinic scoundrels.  They don't make him reach for his pen. They are immune to his criticism. So who was Ami Magazine's victim? None other than Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky, the California Rabbi who created a stir by announcing that he no longer felt comfortable saying the “shelo asani ishah" blessing.

Big stuff? I don't see it. How are Jews and Judaism damaged by Rabbi Kanefsky personal decision regarding a nine word blessing,? According to what calculus is this liturgical omission more dangerous than segula scammers, bigots, and riot facilitators?  It it because Rabbi Kanefsky doesn't wear a beard?  Is it because he doesn't attend events sponsored by Agudah where everyone holds hands and genuflects before bad arguments and obscene examples of theodicy?

I'd really like to know.

Search for more information about the things that make Avi Shafran mad  at 4torah.com

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