Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Halacha Is Not A One-Man Show

If you believe we need to change the normative view of Halacha, okay. But then bring other normative practitioners of Halacha along with you. This is how the Jewish community has always functioned, and it is how we can tell who is within the mainstream and who is not.

Unfortunately one person who is believed to be an Orthodox Jewish rabbi has diverged from this path.  What this rabbi says sounds great: You can be observant AND—use tap water for a mikvah, and chametz dishes on Pesach. You don’t need an eruv. Married women are not required to cover their hair. You can have a meat potluck with people who don’t necessarily keep kosher, because you should trust that they wouldn’t break your trust (Purim 2017). Pretty much any cheese, supervised or not, (with a few exceptions), should just be considered kosher, and vegan restaurants don’t require kosher supervision.

He issues halachic rulings that sound well reasoned and maybe they are.

But like they say about schemes to make a million dollars, if you’ve discovered the way, why hasn’t mainstream Orthodoxy saved themselves much trouble and followed you?
Copyright 2018 by Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author’s own. This post is hereby released into the public domain. Creative Commons photo via Pixabay. https://pixabay.com/photo-3476371/