Orthodox Organizations and Leaders Critical of Open Orthodoxy





In this 1975 lecture to rabbinic alumni, Rabbi Soloveichik discusses the wisdom and objectivity of the Sages, fealty to Halacha, the agunah issue and more.  These positions are in glaring contrast to those of Open Orthodox rabbis who describe the Sages as biased and misogynistic, bend Halacha to achieve a desired result, and propose radical innovations to the agunah issue.  These topics and more are discussed in Chapter 7 of Why Open Orthodoxy Is Not Orthodox.  




"The Conference views with great pain the deviations from religious foundations emanating from the movement called 'Open Orthodoxy', and warns that those who act in this spirit, alumni of the aforementioned movement... will not be recognized by us as rabbis, with all that entails."





"The RCA views this event as a violation of our mesorah (tradition) and regrets that the leadership of the school has chosen a path that contradicts the norms of our community."

The Orthodox Union based on the opinion of a rabbinic panel, bars women from serving as clergy. 
The panel consists of: 
Rabbi Daniel Feldman (Rosh Yeshiva Yeshiva University) 
Rabbi Yaakov Neuberger (Rosh Yeshiva Yeshiva University)
Rabbi Michael Rosensweig (Rosh Yeshiva Yeshiva University)
Rabbi Ezra Schwartz (Rosh Yeshiva Yeshiva University)
Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz (Head of Beis Din, Beis Din of America and of Chicago Rabbinical Council)
Rabbi Hershel Schachter (Rosh Yeshiva Yeshiva University) 
Rabbi Benjamin Yudin (Rabbi Congregation Shomrei Torah, Fairlawn, NJ.)

-Statement on Women Clergy

"The absence from pulpits is partly the graduates’ choice, but it is likely exacerbated by opposition to YCT from almost every sector of Orthodoxy; these include Modern-Centrist groups, such as the Rabbinical Council of America and National Council of Young Israel synagogues, which deny membership or discourage the hiring of YCT graduates."

We therefore inform the public that in our considered opinion, “Open Orthodoxy” is not a form of Torah Judaism (Orthodoxy), and that any rabbinic ordination (which they call “semicha”) granted by any of its affiliated entities to their graduates does not confer upon them any rabbinic authority.


In a recent lecture, Rabbi Hershel Schachter, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva University drew a comparison between Open Orthodoxy and other movements which have branched off from traditional Judaism such as early Christianity, the Sadducees, and the Reform movement. 

In another lecture he says it is impossible to call Open Orthodoxy Orthodox.


Rabbi Mordechai Willig (Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University)

Rabbi Dr. David Berger (Dean of Yeshiva University's Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies)

Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet (Professor of Rabbinic Literature at Yeshiva University's Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss Institute in Jerusalem) 

Rabbi Dr. Rakeffet compares the birth of Open Orthodoxy to the creation of the Conservative movement.  He also reacts to the statement of the “YCT 11” and offers his prediction for the future of the movement.




Approach of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT) "totally foreign to what I understand Torah to be."
In this clip, Rabbi Dr. Rakeffet (Professor of Rabbinic Literature at Yeshiva University's Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss Institute in Jerusalem) declares approach of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah "totally alien to what I understand Torah to be."  Also, a student shares his personal experiences with Open Orthodox rabbis observing that while their practice is often Orthodox, their "value base is almost indistinguishable from the Conservative movement." (October 9, 2016)

"The Role of Minhag, and the Mistakes of the Conservative and Neo-Conservative Movements"

Rabbi Dr. Rakeffet (Teaneck August 7, 2016)

Dishonesty in Halachic Literature (1/1/17)
In a recent lecture, Rabbi Dr. Rakeffet (Professor of Rabbinic Literature at Yeshiva University's Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss Institute in Jerusalem) reacts to the dishonesty displayed in Open Orthodox halachic literature.”


“Nothing surprises me because I call them Neo-Conservative…If you want to compare these teshuvot you can compare them to the teshuvot of the Rabbinical Assembly [Conservative]…”

Rabbi Shlomo Miller (1/23/17)
"...They [Open Orthodoxy] are exactly like the early Reform, who claimed that everything they did was according to Halacha."

Rabbi Ezra Schwartz (Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University)





The Rise of the Neo-Cons
Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, spiritual leader of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun (Teaneck, NJ), explains why mainstream Orthodoxy rejects Open Orthodoxy.