Friday, January 27, 2017

I Know That Feeling.....

With So Many People Looking to Shut Up Rabbi Pruzansky, He Must Be Doing Something Right

Rabbi Steven Pruzansky
Rabbi Steven Pruzansky

Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, who has served since 1994 as the spiritual leader of Teaneck NJ’s Congregation Bnai Yeshurun (which boasts close to 600 families) appears to be making waves in faraway Israel, in the city of Modi’in. Modi’in resident Josie Glausiusz on Wednesday sent a letter to the leaders of the city’s Hameginim synagogue, urging them to cancel a Monday, Feb. 13 event with Pruzansky, as reported Wednesday by Judy Maltz in Ha’aretz.

Maltz lifted from Wikipedia some of the “Controversies” section in Rabbi Pruzansky’s page, so we went to the same source and lifted all of them. Because a well-rounded education is the foundation of true liberalism:

1. In 1995, Abraham Foxman, then national director of the Anti-Defamation League, left Pruzansky’s congregation in protest of the rabbi’s calling then Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin the “Rabin Judenrat.” Mind you, at the time, this “vitriol,” as Foxman called it, was mild stuff compared with other voices condemning Rabin’s selling out half of the land of Israel to Arab terrorists.

2. In 2012, Pruzansky wrote in his blog that President Obama had won by “”pandering to liberal women, Hispanics, blacks, unions, etc.” This was met with harsh criticism by mostly liberal women, because there aren’t so many Hispanics, blacks or union members in Pruzansky’s section of Teaneck.

3. In November 2014 Pruzansky compared The New York Jewish Week to Der Stürmer. The JW for their part titled their editorial attacking Pruzansky, “A Rabbi’s Low Blow.” It was over a blog post titled “Dealing with Savages,” where Pruzansky proposed using live ammunition on Arab stone-throwers and suggests that any village that is home to more than two terrorists should be razed and its inhabitants deported. Foxman and the rest of the usual suspects accused Pruzansky of racism and of being anti-Arab. Two years and a few months later, some of the good rabbi’s blog post’s recommendations have been adopted as policy by the Netanyahu government.

Incidentally, following that post that urged a radical response to Arab daily violence against Jews, Pruzansky’s synagogue announced in a letter to the congregation that Pruzansky agreed to have his future blogs reviewed by editors and that the board would periodically review the process. Pruzansky himself was forced to express to the congregation his regret for having written in a way that “many have deemed harsh.”

4. On March 31, 2016, Pruzansky published a blog post titled “A Novel Idea,” blaming the promiscuous culture for many rapes reported on US campuses, and proposing marriage as a solution to the overall problem. Pruzansky was accused of blaming the victims of rape, of not taking rape seriously, and of not acknowledging or understanding marital rape exists (On campus?).

5. Pruzansky continues to serve as the Orthodox lightening rod for the Jewish left. Following an April 13, 2016, blog post in which he reiterated his arguments and position, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) demanded that Pruzansky be removed from the speaking roster of a conference at Bnai Yeshurun synagogue in Manhattan. Pruzansky was removed as speaker. In April 2016, the Rabbinical Council of America wrote that “while Rabbi Pruzansky raises some important points regarding sexual behavior on college campuses, the RCA rejects the tone and much of the substance of his recent comments regarding rape.”

Incidentally, while by Rabbi Pruzansky’s current account his synagogue has close to 600 member families, earlier accounts suggest there used to by as many as 800, which could mean the vociferous rabbi was doing damage to the synagogue’s bottom line.

Author Josie Glausiusz (The American Scholar) is spearheading the effort to block Rabbi Pruzansky’s appearance in Modi’in next month. Glausiusz is a fervent leftwing feminist (we visited her Twitter account), often in the most predictable fashion. Her email to the Hameginim synagogue read, “Rabbi Pruzansky’s views are deeply insulting to women, to Arab citizens of Israel, to Holocaust survivors, and to the family of Yitzhak Rabin and all those who mourned his murder.”

In other words, she, too, has hit the good rabbi’s Wikipedia page…

Glausiusz continued, “He should not be offered a public platform in Modi’in to air his offensive views. I call upon you to rescind your invitation to Rabbi Pruzansky to speak at your synagogue.”

The event, incidentally, will be an interview of Rabbi Pruzansky by Hameginim’s congregational rabbi, Adi Sultanik. Glausiusz, who could have opted to come to the event and ask embarrassing questions during the Q&A, opted instead to agitate for killing the show. Glausiusz told Ha’aretz: “I’m so fed up with people like this being given a public platform. As a woman and an Israeli citizen, I feel it is important to speak out against someone with such offensive views.”

No, that’s not what she’s been doing. Speaking against Pruzansky, demonstrating, demanding equal time – those would have all been legitimate responses. Instead, passing on debate and discussion, Glausiusz is advocating a boycott.

Whether or not she succeeds doesn’t really matter.

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Anonymous said...

What's the story with R' Sam Kaminetzky's nephew Dov Shurin?


I knew he was a Kahane Chai radical who goes around getting his jollies from harassing old Arabs (who are less likely to fight back with a knife). But I'm wondering if he is a faker who is not even frum. His music is being used in a sick movie about a Brooklyn BY seminary girl who starts misbehaving with the Italian garbage man on her route. How could Shurin not know what his music is being used for when he features prominently in the movie credits? There is an ausvarf who helped produce the movie who is another story & who highlights some of the stinking corruption in yeshivos today.

Shurin's father was in YU in the 1940s when it was already a university. Never knew that R' Yaakov also had a YU son in law, not just R' Moishe. Shurin's father was the founding rabbi of Efrat. Don't tell me he passed the reins to nutcase Riskin.

Paul Mendlowitz said...

Shurin,Shlomo Rottenberg, Binyamin Kaminetzky, and Moshe Sherer used to teach in YTV - Dikduk, Jewish History, Chumash, Homiletics under a Torah Umesorah program to expand the knowledge of the yeshiva bochur on alternate weekdays at 8 a.m.

It lasted a few years.

Anonymous said...

Is that when it started that Sherer was not on R' Yaakov's A list?

Paul Mendlowitz said...

RYK was a big maven on character, no amount of back-slapping and smiling would change his opinion.

Agudah Fresser said...

That would be mamash tchikav if Sherer had enough chutzpah to even slap an adam gadol on the back!

But even worse are aloof Hungarians who get cake cream all over their fingers by a kiddush or vort and make the back slap rounds before wiping their filthy hands. Your suits are the shmattas.

YU - Torah Madua said...

I was wondering why Dov Shurin's father looks so modern in pictures. I see now it's not that he was a maggid shiur in YU in the 1940s. He was a student in YU. Big difference.

There were no kanoyim in YTV that had a problem with him starting to say a shiur? When Moses Tendler's brother went to Lakewood there were bochurim who kept complaining about him.

Paul Mendlowitz said...

Shurin was basically a Hebrew teacher in a Torah Umesorah program. He would never been hired as a rebbe even by RYK.

Brisker said...

Very kind to describe the Hungarians as aloof. How many of them do it bedavka so that they don't have to trudge around looking for a sink & towel? Chazal say you know someone is a crook if he wipes his hand on yenem's towel without reshus. A nice tailored suit should be kol shechain. There is a reason why that pisgam developed about counting your fingers after shaking hands with a Hungarian-Romanian.

Leopold Margulies said...


Brrrisker you drrry Litvishe piece of vood vus dee bist!

Anonymous said...

Margo, watch your temper against Briskers. If YTT boys can't get into Brisk, there goes your brand.

What is it with you Satmar oisvarfs anyway? You claim to have the BEST yeshiva and Hisachdus, a very weak hashgocho, also claims to be the BESTEH.