Better Late Than Never: Rabbi Norman Lamm's Courage Shames His Orthodox Peers

Rabbi Lamm’s courageous admission of moral failure may be overdue, but compared with his Orthodox peers who appear not to have begun accepting their failures of integrity, he deserves to be praised.

The resignation of Rabbi Norman Lamm from his positions as chancellor of Yeshiva University and its rabbinical school cannot come as a surprise to anyone. Although still vigorous and clear-minded, at the age of 85, Rabbi Lamm has earned the right to hand over the reins of leadership to someone of another generation – even though it will be very difficult to find someone who can serve both as a moral leader,...