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(25) RIETS tried to accommodate such prevailing requests for the rabbi-educator.
Soloveitchik, the keynote speaker at the 1953 RIETS ordination ceremony, stressed the rewards reaped through the role of the Jewish educator.
Scores of RIETS graduates had attended Yeshiva College in Washington Heights with men who had unhesitatingly traded northern Manhattan for Morningside Heights and the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Bernard Revel was installed as Yeshiva's president in 1915, RIETS started to threaten to revoke a rabbi's ordination if he stayed too long at a synagogue that featured family pews.
RIETS, fighting for American Orthodoxy's very survival, placed rabbis wherever possible.
Accordingly, RIETS had an easier time negotiating religious practice in New York and other East Coast congregations than it did in the Midwest.
(48) American Orthodoxy eventually settled the mehitzah matter, but it had little to do with RIETS rabbis, who, in the words of one observer, refrained from "explain[ing] in modern terminology the significance of [the] deep-rooted meaning of our observances." (49) Instead, the most public declarations of proper Orthodox practice came from the courts.
(55) RIETS, on the other hand, experienced something quite different.
(56) While these groups always agitated Orthodox moderates, they possessed neither the financial capital nor the intellectual currency to seriously oppose RIETS until the 1960s.
The modernists at RIETS maintained that their study halls boasted sophisticated Talmud study that rivaled the learning conducted in more right-wing yeshivot.
Though he strongly encouraged changes in RIETS, Revel came to realize that the yeshiva required more than just a new building and curriculum to strengthen American Orthodoxy.
Etz Chaim, now the high school division of the Rabbinical College of America, had initially been conceived as a feeder for its full-time yeshiva, RIETS, but in practice many of the high school graduates would exit Etz Chaim in favor of matriculation at a secular college, often the City College of New York, at the expense of their traditional Jewish studies.