Rabbi Hershel Schachter says that haredi rabbis who insist on "following in the steps of our forefathers" are wrong, because they don't understand what the term "following in the steps of our forefathers" means.
Yeshiva University's rosh yeshiva Rabbi Hershel Schachter makes certain errors of history. To say that Jews were always doctors and scientists is ridiculous, for example. So is his implication that we circumcised our children and used mikvas because doing so was healthier – assertions Jewish law and recorded Jewish history don't make until after secular scientists posited these behaviors had health benefits.
And he still shows that he doesn't understand how science works.
But his point that rabbis 1800 years ago followed the best then-current medical advice, and if we want to follow in their steps today, we have to do the same – follow the best medical advice available – is true. He also argues that the rabbis should rule that metzitzah b'peh is not the correct way to do circumcision.
The audio, which was recorded on Tuesday November 13, 2012 at Young Israel of Forest Hills, Queens, New York, runs about 8 minutes long.
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