Hey Twitter: I’m just testing out my new yudel.com YudelLine blog.
My story in this week’s Jewish Standard:
Breaks promise given to Rabbinical Council of America in 2007
It is the season for seeking atonement for broken promises.
Which turns out to be convenient timing for Israel’s chief rabbinate, which stands accused of breaking a promise to America’s leading body of Orthodox rabbis — as well as violating long-accepted Jewish law concerning the welcoming of converts.
At issue is the recent decision by the rabbinate, whose decisions determine whether someone can marry or be buried in Israel as a Jew, to require further investigation into the conversions of four people who converted in America under Orthodox auspices.
This despite the fact that these converts had had their conversions investigated and stamped kosher by two leading American Orthodox rabbis: Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz of Chicago, who heads the court of the Rabbinical Council of America, and Rabbi Mordechai Willig, who teaches Talmud at Yeshiva University and is considered another one of the Rabbinical Council’s authorities in Jewish law.
In Teaneck, the Israeli government rabbinate’s refusal to trust America’s leading Orthodox rabbinic group was greeted harshly by Rabbi Shalom Baum, who leads Congregation Keter Torah — and more to the point, is serving a two-year stint as the Rabbinical Council’s president. Rabbi Baum put his name to a press release that “strongly” objected to the chief rabbinate’s action.
“We have already begun an investigation into this latest disgrace and we demand a thorough report of how this could happen,” Rabbi Baum said, in a press release issued by the RCA.
|Wants to deport foreigners
|Wants to exterminate natives
|His glory fills the whole world
|Makes his chosen vendors suffer
|Makes His chosen people suffer
|Doesn’t pay taxes
|Doesn’t pay taxes
|Only begotten daughter is an Orthodox Jew
|Only begotten son is a Messianic Jew
One of the key virtues of returning my blogging from Facebook and Twitter to my own space is the permanence. I want to be able to return to my record.
But there’s a problem: Link rot.
Fifteen years later, most of the stories I linked to are no longer at their old addresses.
One solution would be to copy and paste the entire source. But that would break the flow (and involve a lot of gratuitous copyright violation.)
Here’s the solution I’m thinking of: Create a field where I can copy and paste the entire article. Save all that data — but only display it if the link has been determined to have rotted away. Run a routine once a month that would check old links. If the link was broken, first try linking to the Internet Archive mirror. If that doesn’t work, link to the locally saved copy of the page.
Detecting a broken link is not trivial, but not impossible.
So yes, this is something I can run with. Except for the lack of feedback loop. Next up: Make these FB Instant Articles. And get into the zone.
And what happens if I post without a title? Like a Tweet!
My story in the June 22, 1995 issue of JTA’s Daily News Bulletin. Available online at https://www.jta.org/archive/orthodox-group-issues-ruling-on-land-and-the-palestinians
Which Mark Klein, at the Northern California Jewish Bulletin, appropriately retitled to Rabbis against peace treaty mull assassination, revolts. But unlike my editor at JTA, he didn’t have Orthodox Union machers on his board.