Yediot Acharonot’s YNet carries an opinion piece on the subject of an Orthodox synagogue at Kibbutz Degania, written by Reform Rabbi Dr. Dalia Sara Marx, a teacher at the Hebrew Union College. Considering that the Reform movement claims to be dedicated to pluralism and tolerance, it is — to say the least — an interesting read.
The pluralistic and tolerant Rabbi Marx lectures the Deganyanim on the topic of why the installation of an Orthodox synagogue is a lousy choice. Her chosen expressions include [with commentary in brackets]:
- You have chosen an Orthodox, discriminatory synagogue.
- Men and women who make rational decisions with respect to all other aspects of your communal lives… [should know that creating an Orthodox synagogue is not a rational decision.]
- Why are you prepared to forego your control with regard to your Jewish spiritual life? [Orthodoxy isn’t a choice at all, it’s lack of control.]
- People who understand that cooperation and equality are more than mere slogans [should know that Orthodoxy represents neither.]
- How could you treat Judaism as some sort of singular, simplistic, one-faced beast? [That one needs no elaboration…]
- Why would you agree to bring that empty truck of Orthodoxy into your community? [This one’s good for laughs. Orthodoxy is the empty truck?]
- Please choose the path that is appropriate for you. [You’re fools if you imagine that Orthodoxy would represent that choice.]
- You have a unique contribution to make to Judaism today, and you have the ability to create something for yourselves. [With Orthodoxy you will neither contribute nor create.]
- Your synagogue can and should reflect your egalitarian and participatory way of life, and should be a focal point of creativity and building… [Orthodoxy respects neither women nor participation. This is also a laugh, as laypeople leading services — and women in positions of religious leadership — are most prevalent among the Orthodox.]
- A synagogue need not be a white elephant on the kibbutz grounds.
Simply amazing. She’s all for pluralism and tolerance, as long as people don’t choose Orthodoxy.