In the first clip, Rabbi Orlovsky discusses gedolim and the age of the universe. He gives Gosse's theory as an explanation for irrefutable scientific facts that prove the universe is billions of years old. Gosse was a protestant theologian who created his theory in the 1830s. It has no Jewish antecedent.
In the second clip, Rabbi Orlofsky describes getting an endorsement from haredi gadol Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, and explains why endorsements from Rabbi Scheinberg aren't worth very much.
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Rabbi Orlofsky sent an email to Luke Ford in response to earlier embarrassing audio clips. In the email, Orlofsky claims his letter of apology released by Rabbi Shimon Kurland was not in fact a letter of apology.
Rabbi Orlofsky claims he was only working through his personal thoughts:
I’m curious – do you ever verify if what you post on your website is authentic?
The letter than you chose to post is not an official apology or anything of the kind. It is personal thoughts that I wrote up for myself to try to get a handle on what had happened. I chose to review the situation, obviously from my point of view, to try to get a grasp on why someone would take a 2 minute snippet from 5 years ago and post it on the internet.
If the purpose was to hurt me and in the process cause pain to Rabbi Weinreb, I think that is a bad thing to do. Of course I regret words said in anger – I am not alone in nthis regard. I immediately apologized to Rabbi Weinreb and sat back and watched as people piled abuse and obscenity on me for speaking poorly. Seems a tad hypocritical.
I sent this letter to my friend of twenty years Rabbi Kurland to share my thoughts. He made the mistake of forwarding it to someone he didn’t know who then sent it to you. You then posted it as if I had released it.
You have my email obviously. Why not take 10 seconds and ask me if I released this? I would have told you know, it is private. I was working on an “official” apology which of course I can’t release now, since you put this up as if it was my official view and not just me working out issues.
So after you took a private corrrespondence and posted it without authorization, you want me to apologize to you? Don’t you see something surrelistic to all this?
Ksiva VaChasima Tova.
P.S. I am writing to you PRIVATELY AND NOT FOR PBLIC RELEASE. Please respect my private correspondence to you
What is most interesting about this, I think, is that Rabbi Orlofsky did this once before.
If memory serves me, an Orlofsky letter blasting Rabbi Natan Slifkin was released. Rabbi Orlofsky then claimed he had no intention of releasing it. He said it was only his private thoughts on the matter that he was sharing with a select group of his friends to get feedback.
How many similar incidents are necessary for Ohr Somayach, Darchei Bina, and other haredi kiruv programs fire Rabbi Orlofsky?