The Unseen Costs Of A Liberal Education
‘You did great. But you lost it because of Chovevei.’
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