Whatever you want to say about Open Orthodoxy, the attacks on it, particularly from Avrohom Gordimer, (which, if you’re reading this on your weekly jaunt through the blogosphere, hi!) have all too often consisted not of a sourced halakhic critique of certain activities, but the mere expression of discomfort with other people’s approaches that is then equated with heresy. Gordimer has attacked people for beginning a lecture with a provocative question (with no mind given as to what the eventual answer was), or for even entertaining the possibility of certain questions. My personal favorite was when Gordimer attacked R. Dov Linzer for having the temerity to quote a gemara that he thought was inappropriate to be discussed in public, one that said that the Keruvim in the Beis HaMikdash were engaged in coitus. Yeah, it’s a weird gemara, but who are you to decide which gemaros ought to be quoted? The overall impression from Gordimer’s oeuvre is not that he has a critique of Open Orthodoxy based on particular issues, but based on their character; Gordimer has issues with a certain kind of person who asks certain kinds of questions and has certain kinds of views being considered Orthodox, and has a very specific pre-fabricated notion of what an Orthodox person ought to look like.
Aqibha Weisinger, “On the Victims of Communal Strife: Or Why Avrohom Gordimer Scares Me”, Pinkasot M’Pi Ha’Aton (2 February 2016) [https://pinkasot.wordpress.com/2016/02/02/on-the-victims-of-communal-strife-or-why-avrohom-gordimer-scares-me/]