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Friday, December 31, 2010

'Reform rabbis' jeopardize Israel's Jewish future

A group of female 'reform rabbis' has come out in favor of social contact between Israeli Jewish women and Arab men, pretending that such contact cannot lead to intermarriage.
"We, rabbis of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism, oppose interfaith marriages, but we consider professional and social contacts between us and all of Israel's citizens and residents to be positive -- regardless of race, religion or sex," the new letter, dated Wednesday, read. The letter is signed by the 40 female Reform rabbis who are part of the rabbinical council of the Israel Movement for Progressive and Reform Judaism.

The letter came in response to a statement distributed earlier this week by Lehava, an organization dedicated to preventing intermarriage between Jews and Arabs, and signed by 27 Israeli rabbis' wives that urged Jewish women not to date or work with Arab men.

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This week's Reform letter said, "Jews who are confidant in their Jewish identity do not have to fear contact with people from other nations." It went on, "Dialogue and social contact between Jews and non-Jews are the foundations of a healthy society. The way to strengthen the Jewish identity of our sons and daughters is through education, not incitement and fear. "

The 50 male Reform rabbis who are members of the council also support the statement, Rabbi Gilad Kariv, executive director of the movement, told JTA.
What's the intermarriage rate among reform and what's the intermarriage rate among Orthodox Jews? This is an American chart, but if the group above gets their way, it will - God forbid - be true among Israelis as well.
If any of you is offended by that - too bad. To me, the relationship between social contact between Jewish and Arab members of opposite sexes and the potential for intermarriage is quite clear.

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3 Comments:

At 10:58 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - you'll get no argument from me.

To be clear, the Reform movement has never officially endorsed intermarriage until now.

But its never exactly discouraged it either.

So when you try have it both ways, you end with the worst of both worlds. That's why most Israeli Jews, even the secular Jews, don't see the Reform as committed to the survival of the Jewish people.

And the Reform have now shown why they shouldn't be taken seriously on that score.

What could go wrong indeed

 
At 11:57 AM, Blogger Alexander Maccabee said...

Reform Judaism is antisemitism.

It is disgusting their leaders are allowed to call themselves "rabbis".

"Women rabbis"? -- What a joke.

 
At 2:01 PM, Blogger Batya said...

They are lala losers. It's a another religion.

 

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