Dear Editor and readers,
This is a follow-up to yesterday’s report by Matzav.com that Yeshivat Chovevei Torah graduate Rabbi Simon Livson has officially been installed as chief rabbi of Finland.
On the one hand, it is not such a major feat or breakthrough for the so called ‘Yeshivat Chovevei Torah’ (YCT), for the following reasons: a) It is a small, off the beaten track community, and not that religious either, as far as I know. 2) The fact that the YCT candidate grew up there gave him a giant advantage in getting the job, being a native son of the community.
However, on the other hand, since it is the chief rabbi of a country, that gives the position added prestige, and YCT can highlight it in their PR.
We have to educate people about the dangers of YCT.
Just last week, a member of the YCT faculty, Dr. Marc Shapiro, attacked Moreinu Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky shlit”a on a prestigious blog, for not being as liberal as YCT wants in terms of accepting people who claim toeiva inclinations and affiliation.
The week before, YCT sponsored a program at a leading Modern Orthodox congregation, Lincoln Square Synagogue in Manhattan, to further promote the acceptance of such individuals in the Orthodox community. It featured there other members of its faculty, namely its Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Dov Linzer, Dr. Michelle Friedman, YCT director of pastoral counseling, and Rabbi Chaim Rapoport, a Lubavitcher scholar from England, who flies in to YCT to teach there every year, as well as helping them long distance. R. Rapoport was not just in NY for that event, but he also was spending that week at YCT instructing the students and giving talks on various topics, among them about toeivah and halacha (see Rabbi Linzer’s blog for more info).
Previously, another member of the YCT faculty, Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgott, drew up and disseminated a statement calling for more acceptance of such people in the frum community.
A YCT musmach, a Rabbi Zev Farber, recently published a long piece along those lines as well, at the ‘Morethodoxy’ blog.
What do all these people have in common? YCT affiliation.
It is clear that YCT is a nest of extreme liberalism, which is trying to introduce the relativism and lack of values of the typical college campus into the orthodox community in this and other areas.
This needs to be exposed, the community at large needs to be informed, and they need to be isolated. May Hashem help us keep our tzibbur holy and insulated from the toeivah that YCT wants us to accept.
A Concerned Yid