Sometimes people can make ideas sound great. Rabbi Avi Weiss seems especially gifted at that, especially given his recent success in creating a furor in the Torah-observant world over what title to give his pet project, Sarah Hurwitz. At first she was a Maharat, then she was going to be a Rabbah but when told by the RCA that he couldn't do that and call himself Orthodox, he slowly backed away and instead announced that Maharat means female Rabbi instead.
His next idea was to give Hurwitz her own Yeshiva where she could train like-minded women in the rabbinic arts. Again, an all-woman yeshiva for training women rabbis. Sounds amazingly ground-breaking.
And then there's the facts on the ground. The funding is limited (apparently the Jewish Meditation Center is using some of the money), the yeshiva occupies a single classroom and there's a total of four students.
Not exactly the Mir Yeshivah.
After all the kerfuffle, one must remember to keep this whole controversy in perspective. Within the world of Modern Orthodoxy, Rabbi Weiss occupies a very small place. Outside of Riverdale, his YCT and now Yeshivat Maharat, his presence is pretty much minimal with a lack of influence to match. Ultimately his dream of creating an egalitarian Orthodoxy will send him spinning into the arms of the Union of Traditional Judiasm that he now has far more in common with than his fellow Modern Orthodox. Sara Hurwitz and her students will no doubt follow while insisting that they are truly Orthodox.
It is simply not worth losing sleep over.