Hovering over the ongoing discussion of Post Orthodoxy (which, if the comments to Hirhurim are any indication, are getting increasingly nasty) are the issue of Rabbinic Authority and Massorah. I've addressed the former on numerous occasions during the five years that this blog has been functioning (see, though, here). Moreover, it appears to me that the latter is much more critical to an evaluation of Orthodoxy's present challenges. Here again, the knife cuts both ways. Critics of Left-wing innovations, often justifiedly, trumpet their all too often insensitive dismissal of centuries of halakhic practice (סוגיא דעלמא).
However, as I noted in the previous posting, the Left does not have an monopoly on such cavalier dismissal of Hazal, Rishonim, Aharonim and Posqim. The Right is equally able to grossly violate the canons of Halakhic Decising, and embitter thereby peoples' lives.
Consider, once again, the case of concersion. According to information published by Rivka Lubitsch, the Israeli rabbinate now has a policy of not recognizing qualified conversions, and keeping converts on probation forever. Such a policy flies in the face of and explicit Gemora, which is accepted by EVERY MAJOR POSEQ ever since, that after the convert emerges from the miqveh, he is a Jew even if he subsequently worships idols (B. Yevamot 47b).
That's not a violation of סוגיא דעלמא. I'm not sure what it is. Orthodox Judaism, it isn't!