The Un­seen Costs Of A Lib­eral Ed­u­ca­tion

‘You did great. But you lost it be­cause of Chovevei.’

Forward Magazine - - Foreground - By Ari Feld­man

Rabbi Joel Dinin is a no-non­sense Ortho­dox rabbi. He sports a black kip­pah and doesn’t tuck in his tz­itzit, the rit­ual tas­sels of the prayer shawl he wears as an un­der­shirt. Af­ter Satur­day morn­ing ser­vices he asks that his congregants wash their hands and say the proper bless­ings, as he has, be­fore he per­son­ally gives them some chal­lah and wishes them a “good Shabbes.” Nev­er­the­less, Dinin chose to at­tend a lib­eral Ortho­dox rab­bini­cal school — Yeshi­vat Chovevei To­rah, com­monly known as Chovevei.

When he ap­plied for jobs in the pul­pit last year, he liked his chances. He was

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