JOURNEY TO OPEN ORTHODOXY
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JOURNEY TO OPEN ORTHODOXY
By Avraham "Avi" Weiss
Foreword by Professor Jeffrey S. Gurock
Hardcover, 613 Pages
KTAV Publishing, Urim Publications, 2019
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.
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.
Praise for Journey to Open Orthodoxy:
"[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.”
-From the Foreword by Professor Jeffrey S. Gurock
- 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