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New York - Rabbi Leonard Matanky Selected As New RCA Head

Published on: July 11, 2013 07:56 AM
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New York - At its recent convention, the Rabbinical Council of America selected Rabbi Leonard Matanky from Chicago to replace outgoing president Rabbi Shmuel Goldin.

The JEWISH DAILY FORWARD (http://bit.ly/154H6ce ) reports that Matanky, who previously served as vice-president under Goldin, currently serves as spiritual leader of Congregation K.I.N.S. of West Rogers Park in Chicago, and is dean of the Orthodox high school Ida Crown Jewish Academy.

Matanky, who served as Rabbi Goldin’s deputy throughout his presidency, said, “We need to stand up for the values we have in the Orthodox world, and we need to be able to communicate those values, which are values of beauty and respect and commitment to the rest of the world,”

The selection of Matanky comes at challenging point in time when the RCA finds itself spill between reformist and hard-line Orthodox.

“it’s a very challenging job,” said outgoing president Goldin, “particularly at a time where Centrist or Modern Orthodoxy continues to define its borders and limitations.”

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Asher Lopatin, a leading voice in left-wing Modern Orthodoxy and president of Yeshiva Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, praised Matansky’s past successes in keeping “everyone in the big tent.”

In reiterating his willingness to remain “open” to some of the more liberal aspects of left-wing Modern Orthodox, Matanksy cautioned that there are “limits” to his openness.

“We have a very large tent in the RCA,” Matansky said referring to thousand-plus rabbis included in the RCA. “There are people, unfortunately, who will choose to move outside the protective shade of that tent… sometimes we will have to define boundaries.”



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 Jul 11, 2013 at 08:16 AM AlterHacker Says:

Why don't these Rabbi's indentify themselvs with their Jewish first names?

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 Jul 11, 2013 at 08:31 AM Deveee Says:

How about a Jewish first name as a start?

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 Jul 11, 2013 at 09:38 AM dullradiance Says:

He is dean of the Orthodox high school Ida Crown Jewish Academy - that is the yeshiva that Rabbi Finkel attended after learning in Mir.

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 Jul 11, 2013 at 09:04 AM The Professor Says:

Reply to #2  
Deveee Says:

How about a Jewish first name as a start?

We're now in the Nine Days. I hope that in your Torah the following possuk will also be found: "Al Tistakeil Ba-Kankan, Ela B'Mah Sh-Yeish Bo." If your comments and those of Poster #1 ("AlterHacker") represent the most meaningful things that you could possibly say, it's no wonder that Moshiach hasn't come yet. Personally, I wish him hatzlocho! Is it possible for you to do the same?

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 Jul 11, 2013 at 09:10 AM Insider Says:

Is he wearing a yarmulka ? He refers to "values of the Orthodox world." Does that include the Torah or Shulchan Aruch. I hate to say this, but we can see where he and the RCA are going. He will find a "Heter" for women rabbis, same gender marriages, and abortion. Either one believes in the Torah, or not. The RCA just defined their position. HaShem Yeracheim.

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 Jul 11, 2013 at 09:47 AM dullradiance Says:

About his first name... I would bet it is something like Label or Laybish - a Yiddish name rather than a Hebrew name.

I suspect that in some ways he is in the class of Rabbi Shteinman - people at the anti share the burden rally in NYC recently didn't refer to him by his title and those same people probably wont refer to Rabbi Matanky by his title either¿ (>.

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 Jul 11, 2013 at 10:32 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Insider Says:

Is he wearing a yarmulka ? He refers to "values of the Orthodox world." Does that include the Torah or Shulchan Aruch. I hate to say this, but we can see where he and the RCA are going. He will find a "Heter" for women rabbis, same gender marriages, and abortion. Either one believes in the Torah, or not. The RCA just defined their position. HaShem Yeracheim.

I hope he does set limits. Chovevei Torah and Lopatin have shown they are "outside the tent" and until now, the RCA has failed to speak out against them.
If not, the "heters" the poster spoke about will come to pass and Consevative or Traditional will, G-d forbid, become the new Orthodox with terrrible consequences for klal Yisroel..

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 Jul 11, 2013 at 10:34 AM sane Says:

RCA seems moving to the left, while Chareidi society is moving to the right. We are all out of sync.

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 Jul 11, 2013 at 10:50 AM yaakov doe Says:

Reply to #5  
Insider Says:

Is he wearing a yarmulka ? He refers to "values of the Orthodox world." Does that include the Torah or Shulchan Aruch. I hate to say this, but we can see where he and the RCA are going. He will find a "Heter" for women rabbis, same gender marriages, and abortion. Either one believes in the Torah, or not. The RCA just defined their position. HaShem Yeracheim.

Yes, he's wearing a yamalka. I don't understand how you can assume that he will go against halacha. There are a handful of RCA members who have their own agendas and strange ideas of halacha, but they are a small minority. The RCA's challenge is how to address the ultra modern members such as Avi Weiss. As far as I know males ordained by his school are not allowed to join the RCA.

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 Jul 11, 2013 at 09:58 AM Phineas Says:

Maybe if we focused on substance and not on style like names or where he wears his yarmulka (he is wearing one), places like Chovevei would have less traction. Who would be attracted to an Orthodoxy where we act like nitpickers and kvetches.

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 Jul 11, 2013 at 11:42 AM Anonymous Says:

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dullradiance Says:

He is dean of the Orthodox high school Ida Crown Jewish Academy - that is the yeshiva that Rabbi Finkel attended after learning in Mir.

I'll start off by saying that I was born and spent the first 25 years of my life in Chicago...
Us Chicagoan s take extreme pride in R' Nosson Tzvi - one of our own and know His story well.
Let me clarify your statement a bit...
First off Ida Crown was not the same in the late 50's early 60's as it is today (all though it was co-ed then). There also were not the same amount of schools to choose from as there is now.
Your statement that he went there after learning in the Mir is somewhat misleading. He was on a trip in Israel when Reb Leizer Yudel Finkel (the Mir Rosh Hayeshiva and his uncle) recognized his ability's and convinced his parents to let him stay in Israel. He stayed for 8 months learning in the Mir and then returned to Chicago and went to Ida Crown. At the age of 17 (when he finished at Ida Crown) he went back to learn in the Mir - and as they say "the rest is history".
Us Chicagoan s use the fact that R' Nosson Tzvi went to Ida Crown as motivation... It's part of the difficult "tests" that he was able to overcome to be such a great person. He was a Gadol Hador despite Ida Crown - not because of it.

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 Jul 11, 2013 at 11:42 AM favis Says:

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yaakov doe Says:

Yes, he's wearing a yamalka. I don't understand how you can assume that he will go against halacha. There are a handful of RCA members who have their own agendas and strange ideas of halacha, but they are a small minority. The RCA's challenge is how to address the ultra modern members such as Avi Weiss. As far as I know males ordained by his school are not allowed to join the RCA.

theres no halacha u have to wear yarmulka only in synogogue and when making bracha

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 Jul 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM favish Says:

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sane Says:

RCA seems moving to the left, while Chareidi society is moving to the right. We are all out of sync.

shomrei torah, aka chareidi, are not moving to the 'right' we were always to the right and were always 'right'..we follow every din S'U always did.

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 Jul 11, 2013 at 11:57 AM rebbe123 Says:

Reply to #1  
AlterHacker Says:

Why don't these Rabbi's indentify themselvs with their Jewish first names?

Because they're divided between themselves, half goy half yid

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 Jul 11, 2013 at 12:00 PM rebbe123 Says:

Reply to #4  
The Professor Says:

We're now in the Nine Days. I hope that in your Torah the following possuk will also be found: "Al Tistakeil Ba-Kankan, Ela B'Mah Sh-Yeish Bo." If your comments and those of Poster #1 ("AlterHacker") represent the most meaningful things that you could possibly say, it's no wonder that Moshiach hasn't come yet. Personally, I wish him hatzlocho! Is it possible for you to do the same?

I'm afraid if i look into that kankan it's gonna be even worse

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 Jul 11, 2013 at 12:59 PM poster80 Says:

Reply to #4  
The Professor Says:

We're now in the Nine Days. I hope that in your Torah the following possuk will also be found: "Al Tistakeil Ba-Kankan, Ela B'Mah Sh-Yeish Bo." If your comments and those of Poster #1 ("AlterHacker") represent the most meaningful things that you could possibly say, it's no wonder that Moshiach hasn't come yet. Personally, I wish him hatzlocho! Is it possible for you to do the same?

first of all, i doubt that in anyones torah you can find that pasuk. see MISHNA in avos (4:27). that being said, i completely agree. you guys are pathetic for ripping the RCA and rabbi matanky. of course he is wearing a yarmulka. just bc you cant tell from that angle doesnt mean you need to make up stupidity. break out of your shell and find something better to do than to rip on other jews a few days before tisha bav.

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 Jul 11, 2013 at 03:57 PM clear-thinker Says:

Reply to #14  
rebbe123 Says:

Because they're divided between themselves, half goy half yid

While you have divided yourself half yid half anti semite.

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 Jul 11, 2013 at 05:29 PM sheepheadsbayyid Says:

Reply to #1  
AlterHacker Says:

Why don't these Rabbi's indentify themselvs with their Jewish first names?

why do the hasidic rabbis wear goyish cloths from a few hundred years ago

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 Jul 11, 2013 at 05:44 PM some1else Says:

As someone from Chicago I can tell you this: Rabbi Matanky is very welcoming to all Jews whether Modern Orthodox or not. Yes he in the head of a school and shul that are MO however he gets along VERY WELL with several of the VERY frum Rabbanim in Chicago. I have never known him to be over or accepting of ppl who are over on halachos, he just doesn't encourage people to do chumros. Many Rabbanim of the 50 yr old generation use their English name so they can connect better with a broader community. I personally don't call R' Matanky my Rav because I'm Yeshivish not MO however I do respect him and the way he deals with his community.

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 Jul 11, 2013 at 06:06 PM twaairlines Says:

Its really amazing to me how many people on here claim to be 'learned', and yet still reserve the right to type the, literally, most stupid things.

Rabbi Matanky is one of THE most respected and well-known for his TORAH....the same torah they learn in the MIR, BRISK, YESHIVA GEDOLA etc...

BTW - just because its typed, doesn't mean its NOT loshon HORA -
and by the way - Midda Keneged Midda

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 Jul 11, 2013 at 11:59 PM Chicago chareidi Says:

I'm a Chicago chareidi who knows R' Matanky very well. In fact I have asked him complicated shailos in the past. He is a big Talmid Chacham. In truth, he is very close to Dayan Feurst of Agudas Yisroel.
Long story short, he's a big mentch and s leader of our community.

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