Chief Rabbi’s letter seen as attack on Orthodox feminist by Simon Rocker

Chief Rabbi’s letter seen as attack on Orthodox feminist
by Simon Rocker
The Jewish Chronicle
October 15, 2015

A confidential warning by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis for rabbis not to invite “inappropriate speakers” has been widely seen as a veiled attack on the appointment by one of his synagogues of an Orthodox feminist.

In a letter sent to United Synagogue rabbis and chairmen this month, the Chief Rabbi stressed the importance of not hosting speakers whose outlook “encourages practices which run contrary to our normative United Synagogue approach”.

But while the letter did not mention any names, a number of rabbis told the JC that they believed it was a response to Hampstead Synagogue’s recruitment of Dina Brawer as scholar-in-residence this year.

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