Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The Impact of the Slifkin Ban

I spoke to an author today, one who has published a number of excellent books that no one would find objectionable, and he is having difficulty with his publisher. You see, in his books he quotes a lot of Rambam, including from Moreh Nevukhim. His publisher is taking an excruciatingly long time in proceeding with publication because they are scared that some of the views might be attacked and banned. This, my dear readers, is only the tip of the iceberg of the ramifications of the Slifkin ban. Whether intended by the signers of the ban or not, their actions did not just place R. Nosson Slifkin's books outside of the community. They caused a reaction against the Rambam and anything that is not standard yeshivish theology.

Some may applaud this, but we should all recognize that the issue is not over a few books by a young rabbi. This is a vast cultural confrontation.

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