By T. Felik
In light of all the press recently about MK Dov Lipman and his views against daas Torah and the yeshiva system, I am saddened to see mainstream Orthodox shuls inviting him as a scholar in residence.
In particular, one of the largest, if not the largest, shul in North America, Beit Avraham Yosef of Toronto, known as the “BAYT,” has invited Lipman to come and discuss his views.
The BAYT was established by the famous Joe Tannenbaum, a man who supported Torah to the utmost and one who was very respectful of rabbonim. His children and grandchildren have followed in his footsteps and have continued his legacy in this regard. Bringing in and being mechabeid someone who has publicly stated his disdain for the leaders of our generation and for those who toil in Torah is an affront to everything Mr. Tannenbaum stood for.
Furthermore, other shuls that consider themselves apart of mainstream Orthodoxy may follow suit, which would be a major chillul hashem.
The community as a whole must open their eyes and see what is happening and help put a stop to this.
We must insist that the BAYT cancel the invitation to Dov Lipman. We await their swift response.
My prayer is that this plague of recognizing those who publicly defame and put down our gedolei Yisroel will come to an end, and together may we all merit to greet Moshiach soon bekedushah v’taharah.