June 13, 2007

by Reb Yudel
A YUtopian view of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Josh Yuter compares and contrasts YU and YCT through the lense of their respective semikha programs in an excellent post, YUTOPIA: The Yeshiva And The Bazaar

What I find particularly interesting in all this is how well the tone of the Chagei Hasemikha reflect the overall attitudes of the respective institutions and their approaches to Jewish leadership. In this dichotomy, YU represents the traditional establishment where participation and benefits are predicated on group affiliation and conformity. For most of the YU population Judaism is based on following the approved status quo and adaptive innovations are generally discouraged. On the other hand, YCT promotes what it calls "Open Orthodoxy," an empowering slogan allowing for people to independently incorporate the myriad of opinions and possibilities in the broadest definition of "Orthodox Judaism."

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