Tuesday, August 03, 2004

No fan of “monkey” business

Recently, our local Jewish newspaper printed a distressing article about Rabbi Herschel Schachter, Rosh (head of) Yeshiva and Rosh Kollel of Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), *allegedly* the rabbinical seminary of Modern Orthodox Judaism. As a posek (decisor of halachah/Jewish religious law), he was asked whether a woman is permitted to read the ketubah (Jewish marriage contract) at a wedding. He’s reported to have replied that “even if a parrot or a monkey would read the ketubah, the marriage would be 100 percent valid. . . . Yes, a monkey could also read the ketubbah.” That it never occurred to him that Jewish women might feel insulted by his choice of words is astounding. I would have expected a rabbi to understand the basic concept of derech eretz (common courtesy and consideration). If this is Rabbi Schachter's idea of leading by example, I pity the Orthodox.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Krias haksubah has nothing to do with the ceremony. I'ts there to separate the kinyan from the sheva brochos.

Wed Jul 01, 05:24:00 PM 2009  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

That doesn't make the rabbi's comment any less insulting.

Wed Jul 01, 08:29:00 PM 2009  

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