I was about to get all fired up about Mark Einhorn’s continued attacks on Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, and YCT grad Rabbi Darren Kleinberg, when I realized that even I’m not that interested in this topic.
Still, I noticed while on Einhorn’s blog, that he has bought out the domain name OpenOrthodoxy.com, .net, .org, and OpenOrthodox.com, .net, and .org. While many companies defend their brand names by purchasing all possible domains that might relate to them, it’s a little odd to see Einhorn doing the same.
There’s certainly nothing illegal about what Einhorn has done, and if you’re trying to get noticed on the Internet, having many domain names pointing to your site is advantageous. I think that what bothers me the most about this is that Einhorn does not embrace an Open Orthodox ideology. He claims that his blog is “Where Open Orthodoxy Ends: Your final destination for open review of fringe Orthodox Judaism.”
Anyone want to guess what he means by “Where Open Orthodoxy Ends” ? Anyone want to square that phrase with the claims that his blog is an “open review of fringe Orthodox Judaism” ? Compound that with the fact that Einhorn’s blog does not accept comments, and it becomes clear that his “open review” is the opposite – a closed canon of disdain for Open Orthodoxy.
With Pesach almost upon us, I think it’s time to leave this issue behind. Stay tuned for some posts on the Haggadah over the next week.