But if this is merely 'phony baloney,' as my grandfather would have said, then this quote is right on.
This is from Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff's Monday, August 31, 2009 lecture. You can listen from 13:38 onwards to hear the quote:
- So now let me read to you from the Maharat and you’ll understand why I’m shaking. And this is sourced August 20, 2009. And this is Sara Horowitz speaking, posted by Maharat Sara Horowitz. And they take it seriously. Maharat; it’s a title, I, I, to me it’s an overkill. I wouldn’t have used such a title. But okay. And she discusses how she went to some prayer group which they met and they’re experimenting with prayer and they’re doing a yoga mincha.
“To my surprise, I found that embodying literally the words of the mincha prayer to be an extremely uplifting experience.We threw our hands up into the air in joy as we recited the word “ashrei.’ Then we went into a sitting pose at the word “yoshvei.” Then we dropped our hands down, in a cave like manner, to create a home as we said the word “Vaytecha.”
Gentlemen, I will only tell you the following: If I could turn back the clock and I was showing this document in the most ______ (I don’t know the term) Yiddish to one of my Rabbeim named R’ Yerucham Gorelick, there would have been a hole in the ceiling. The walls of YU would have been shaking as if an atom bomb had been dropped. [R’ Rakeffet clops for emphasis.] And I want to tell you your humble servant doesn’t feel much differently. Rakeffet, Religious Zionist, doctorate, six books in publication, etc, etc, oh my gosh. If this is a Maharat and this is what we’re talking about and this is what becomes of Ashrei Yoshvei Ve’techa Od Yehallelucha Selah, Ribbono Shel Olam, we have fallen down the cliff. So that’s one comment.