27 March 2006

Cardinals and Bishops Visit

Today, as part of a World Jewish Congress led-delegation, around 30 bishops and two cardinals came to our school. The events began with an opening speech by Israel Singer, followed by a speech by Rabbi Avi Weiss, then one by our Rosh HaYeshiva, Rabbi Dov Linzer, after which, we broke up into small groups and did some text studying of Berakhos 26b, where there is a discussion of the establishing of prayer. After about 45 minutes of that, there were, again, a couple little speeches, then Cardinal Lustiger spoke for a little bit, followed by a question and answer sequence, which was ended by lunch. Lunch, however, rather than ending the event, allowed for mingling among the students and bishops to talk.
One point that was emphasized was that, although Vatican II has been around for forty years, it has only been in the last twenty that Catholic-Jewish relations have really been progressing.

For more pictures, click here.
Steven I. Weiss has already blogged about the event.

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Blogger AviSaul said...

Holding hands with a meshumad????
How soon would your chevra do that with a right-wing Orthodox Jew????

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 2:43:00 PM  
Blogger Drew Kaplan said...

The Forward has carried the story now, although Rabbi Weiss said that, "My problem is that all the older brothers in the Bible don't do that well." and not as Jennifer Siegel reported it, without the "older".
First of all, CBS, we would hold hands with a RWUO or LWUO Jew, too.

Thursday, March 30, 2006 9:33:00 AM  
Blogger Drew Kaplan said...

And now, also, On The Main Line has posted about it, as well, calling it a kiddush haShem.

Friday, March 31, 2006 2:09:00 AM  
Blogger NuntaChaver said...

What were you guys singing? And why?

Friday, March 31, 2006 10:27:00 AM  
Blogger AviSaul said...

Hard for me to believe that the violation of the Issur of teaching Torah to non-Jews is a Kiddush Hashem. And the embrace of an **unrepentant** Meshumad is also a Chillul Hashem.
Your seminary has spiced up my blog tremendously in the last month. THANKS!


Friday, March 31, 2006 1:49:00 PM  
Blogger yctgrad said...

>> Holding hands with a meshumad????

CBS, so now we have to be shomer negiah with non-jewish men as well? i guess i should have seen that one coming-well, some catholic priests molest little boys, so i can't hold hands with a priest as a geder lest he come to be attracted to me? Now you're just making things up...

The issur of teaching Torah to non-Jews is far from as clear cut as you would make it out to be.

Kol hakavod to the current YCT students-you have nothing to be ashamed of!

And finally, our chevra would, and has, held hands and danced with right wing orthodox jews, left wing, conservative, or anybody else. But of course, as far as you're concerned, if a right-wing orthodox jew (the only kind that's OK by you, of course) were to hold hands with a YCT student, that would automatically make him not orthodox in your mind, I'm sure. Lucky for him, we'll still be here to accept him even after you've decided that he's too far to the left.

Friday, March 31, 2006 4:11:00 PM  
Blogger AviSaul said...

yctgrad: I responded to the issue of Negiah [LOL] on Reb Drew Kaplan's blog.
I'd love to see a recognized poseik permit teaching Gemara to a Catholic for no other purpose than promoting good-will. Maybe a chaver of the same poseik who is mattir marrying the son of a Kohen to a convert.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006 10:30:00 AM  
Blogger AviSaul said...

By the way, YCTGrad, in my eyes, left wing orthodoxy (whatever that means) is as good as right wing orthodoxy (whatever that means). But ANY kind of Orthodox means: fidelity to the Mesorah and its contemporary avatars, the Gedolim. I see Cheovevei'ism as just doing what feels right, irrespective of the Gedolim. Think that's not true? Thaink that's not a problem? Then you haven't visited my blog.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006 12:20:00 PM  

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