Upon consultation with its rabbinic leadership, Agudath Israel of America issued the following statement today:
Hamodia reports that Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, First Vice-President of the Rabbinical Council of America, has clarified that the RCA “in no way endorses the title ‘maharat’ or the ‘maharat’ program under the direction of Rabbi Avi Weiss.”
Rabbi Goldin further quotes RCA President Rabbi Moshe Kletenik as having stated that ordination of women “is a breach of our Mesorah and is unacceptable practice in Orthodoxy,” and that “it is also unacceptable for an Orthodox synagogue to have a woman on its rabbinical staff.”
Agudath Israel warmly welcomes the clarification and commends the RCA leaders for their forthright and principled words.
May we all continue to stand guard to protect the integrity of our Mesorah.