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L’chvod Rav Avi, Rabbi Lopatin, Rabbi Linzer, Rabbi Love, Rav Katz and the rest of the faculty and staff, Obviously, we are grateful that you have created a holy place of learning for both Chai and Tzachi. But do you realize the profound influence you have had and continue to have in our lives? Thank you for helping us to create an open orthodox home where Torah is observed consciously. Thank you for modeling for us how to live the Torah that we learn. Thank you for helping us to raise our children with the knowledge that they could question anything that did not make sense to them, and that that is a proper and healthy attitude to apply to all aspects of Torah living. It brings us tremendous comfort and gives us strength knowing that Yeshivat Chovevei Torah is here to inspire and guide all of us.

With heartfelt thanks,
Estelle and Harvey Posner
Parents of Chai Posner (YCT ’10) and Tzachi Posner (YCT ’17)

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Thursday, 02 January 2014

Related to the Office of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate's recent public questioning of Rav Avi Weiss's Orthodox credentials, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School has felt it is important to make an unequivocal statement in support of our founder:

Rabbi Avi Weiss is one of the leading Orthodox rabbis in America. His Orthodoxy and scrupulous adherence to halakha, both in his personal life and in his religious leadership, is absolute and beyond any doubt. His synagogue, the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, has been a model for the Orthodox community since its inception. His profound commitment to Torah and halakha, with all its depth and nuances, and his unflagging mesirat nefesh on behalf of Am Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael, are unquestionable. 

We were therefore shocked and deeply troubled that the Office of the Chief Rabbi would cast doubts on this recognized and respected American Orthodox leader. We understand that the Office of the Chief Rabbi has based its decision on reports from "rabbis with roles in the RCA".

We suggest that the Office of the Chief Rabbi question its sources in America - particularly those with "roles in the RCA" - and not Rabbi Weiss. We have spoken to the leadership of the RCA. They have denied making the statements attributed to them. Questioning Rabbi Weiss's Orthodox credentials is an offense not just to him, but to the entire American Orthodox rabbinate.

We ask for a clear statement by the Office of the Chief Rabbi apologizing for their unacceptable misunderstanding.

Rav Asher Lopatin
President, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School

Rav Dov Linzer
Rosh HaYeshiva, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School



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