Intellectual Dishonesty of Open Orthodoxy
This is troubling, as their students issue halachic rulings that have serious implications. No less than 35 YCT graduates signed a statement regarding the halachic definition of death. It is amazing that with such little scholarship behind them, they feel confident in expressing their opinion on such a serious matter. From a halachic standpoint this is the equivalent of someone who took a biology class undertaking to perform open-heart surgery. Life and death issues are such a serious area of Halacha that even experienced Torah scholars hesitate before offering an opinion on them.
Also, some YCT graduates have publicly stated their opinion regarding other controversial issues related to gittin (halachic divorce). This is another serious issue which has serious implications for the Jewish family and involves severe Torah prohibitions.
In addition YCT graduates perform conversions and weddings.
Selectively quoting Rav Moshe Feinstein zt"l (Women's Ordination)
Rabbi Dov Linzer
Rabbi Ysoscher Katz
Rabbi Ysoscher Katz is Yeshivat Chovevei Torah’s Chair of Talmud and Head of its Center for Halakhic Studies. Rabbi Avi Weiss praises Katz as, "an awesome Talmid Chacham [Torah Scholar]."
"Rabbi Katz is clever. He will say that all he was trying to do was to show a headspace, not the halachik realities of this community. But, by totally fabricating a story so far from the truth, he reveals a hate-infested agenda."
The Lakewood Controversy II (8/21/17)
"The distortions emerging from Rabbi Katz’s approach arise because he came with an agenda. He shot an arrow and then proceeded to draw the target by looking for “proofs” that would back him up. This reminds me of the early Conservative writers."
Partnership Minyanim Revisited (1/17/17)
-Rabbis Dov and Aryeh Frimmer
"This hubris surprisingly expresses itself once again in his [Rabbi Katz] recent, unsubstantiated and unsupported statement that: “There is absolutely no halakhic reason to prohibit women from getting an Aliyya…” Intellectual honesty and humility in the analysis of a novel halakhic practice demands, at a minimum, that the recognized experts in the field be consulted in order to test and check one’s analysis and conclusions. We would note that not only did R. Katz ignore the contents of our article and our refutation of the arguments of Rabbis Shapiro and Sperber, but he then allowed himself to make the following curious affirmative statement: “Over the course of sixty pages in the English version of their article …, they do not raise a single argument or conceptual refutation against these views.” Even a superficial read of our paper is sufficient to appreciate the fallacious nature of the charge."
Response to Rabbi Ysoscher Katz's Rebuttal
-Rabbi Avraham Gordimer
Further on Waiting Times After Eating Parmesan Pizza- Response to R. Ysoscher Katz
-Rabbi Avraham Gordimer
“The rationales offered by R. Katz to arrive at a permissive ruling are based on an assortment of errors…something certainly not sanctioned by the Chasam Sofer or any other halachic authorities. My contention is one of methodology and accuracy- similar to the contentions in other recent critiques.”
In the clip below, Rabbi Ysoscher Katz brags about how easy it is for him to write a teshuva. Ironically, he is referring to the above teshuva where he made a litany of elementary errors.