Are we permitted to work on a tsedaka project, an educational project, a political agenda, or anything else together with Jews whose goals and aspirations are contrary to our Torah principles? May we maintain active membership in a synagogue or any community organization even though we disagree with some or many of its values? May a Rabbi give his approval to food that is prepared according to an opinion that he rejects? When does halacha demand that we actively oppose those with whom we disagree, and when does halacha call for tolerance despite our disagreement? Join Rabbi Dovid Fink and examine the opinions of major, contemporary poskim on these issues.
Pluralistic Judaism: Lesson 1
When can we cooperate with our ideological opponents? In our first class, we will begin with the question of tolerance towards our ideological opponents. We will begin with great Rabbis who advocate rejecting all contact with those whose ideology is impure. Then we will turn to the authorities who see room for tolerance. We will study the sources of these divergent approaches and examine their implications for contemporary society. Sources are in Hebrew and we will translate and analyze them in class.
In addition to being one of Rabbi Brovender's first students, Rabbi Dovid Fink is an outstanding expertﾠand teacher of Halacha. Rabbi Fink received his Rabbinic ordination from ITRI and the Mir and was awarded his Ph.D in Semitic Languages and Linguistics from Yale University. Rav Fink has taught thousands of students from all over the world for over 35 years.