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Journey to Open Orthodoxy

By Avraham ''Avi'' Weiss

In Journey to Open Orthodoxy, Rabbi Avi Weiss outlines his vision of Judaism - a vision that in recent years has become known as ''Open Orthodoxy.'' The scope of this work reveals that Open Orthodoxy goes well beyond such controversial issues as women's ordination and LGBT+ inclusion. For Rav Avi, Open Orthodoxy is holistic, embracing the whole of Jewish spiritual, religious, halakhic and national life. The title of the book, Journey to Open Orthodoxy, invites readers to evaluate the book's content while assessing their own journeys, leading, it may be hoped, to a consideration of an Orthodoxy that is inclusive, non-judgmental, loving, modern and open.

Topics Include:
Mesorah: Bridging Past and Future
Is Halakha (Jewish Law) Ethical?
Da'at Torah: Do Decisions of the Rabbis Close Off Discussion?
Nation Is Family
Creating Spaces for those with Disabilities
Embracing the Elderly
Alternatives to Kiruv (Outreach)
Interdenominational and Interfaith Relations
Infusing Halakha with Spirituality
Women Rabbis
Belief and Doubt
Coping with Adversity
Jewish Leadership
Reining in Israel s Chief Rabbinate
Conversion: Building Walls or Welcoming People In?
Mission-Driven Judaism
Ritualizing the Shoah
The Holiness of Israeli Soldiers

"[Rabbi Weiss'] writings… his reflections on how his worldview has grown, matured and diversified are a welcome addition to our literature... A wide-ranging audience will, through this work, have the chance to examine and be moved by Rabbi Weiss up close and personally." --Professor Jeffrey S. Gurock

About the Author

Rabbi Avi Weiss is the Founding Rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale-the Bayit, and founder of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School and Yeshivat Maharat. He is also the co-founder of the International Rabbinic Fellowship (IRF), an international organization of Modern Orthodox rabbis. Rabbi Weiss served as National Chairman of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ) from 1982-1991 and subsequently as National President for AMCHA - the Coalition for Jewish Concerns, raising a voice of moral conscience on behalf of the Jewish people and humankind throughout the world. In 2013, Newsweek ranked him the 10th most prominent rabbi in the United States. Rabbi Weiss is the author of Holistic Prayer, Women at Prayer, and Spiritual Activism.

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~Review by Roger S. Kohn, Silver Spring, MD, Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews
This volume contains eight sections: Principles of Open Orthodoxy, Inclusivity, Spirituality, Gender, Faith, Leadership, Conversion, and Mission. Mission is subdivided into three subdivisions, Spiritual Activism, Shoah, and Israel. The 73 pieces in this volume were mostly written in the last decade, and mostly constitute opinion pieces published in Jewish and general newspapers, but a few are “more scholarly in nature.” Thirteen articles were written specifically for this volume, three (out of ten) in “Inclusivity,” four (out of eight) in “Spirituality.” and three (out of seven) in “Faith.” Rabbi Avi Weiss, who has been affiliated with the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale since 1973, is a nationally recognized figure of the Modern Orthodox Judaism movement which he prefers to call “Open Orthodoxy.” This book contains his views on many topics: Modern Orthodoxy; the role of women in Judaism; his relations with the Rabbinic Council of America (RCA) and the established Rabbinate of Israel around the validity of conversions to Judaism performed by Orthodox American rabbis; his activism for Soviet Jewry, Holocaust memorials, and the State of Israel. Recommended to Orthodox congregations and to large academic libraries. (Posted on 11/11/2019)

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Additional Info

Additional Info

ISBN 978-1602803183
Pages 613
Format Hardcover
SKU urim1532
Publisher Urim Publications