Author: Yaakov Menken
The heads of the American Reform and Conservative movements believe that Jewish love for Israel comes with terms and conditions, and that they control the American Jewish heart. They are inflating their importance on both sides of the Atlantic, and placing naked self-interest ahead of the unity of the Jewish People.
Women of the Wall plans to show preference to some women over others in a way unsupported by any version of Judaism, doing a “Jewish” ritual supported by no version of Jewish ritual, in imitation of a ceremony that aims to restore Judaism’s doubly undemocratic Holy Temple. And it claims to be doing all this in the name of egalitarianism.
A movement which in America touts its commitment to tolerance, pluralism and liberal values, hired as Director of its Israel Religious Action Center a woman who built her political career upon anti-religious bias.
The University of California working group on principles against intolerance was right to determine that “Anti-Zionism” is a facade. The anti-Israel movement is the only “humanitarian” cause whose activities lead directly to open bigotry and discrimination.
The Conservative movement has reached a point of no return in the USA. While its members reject opportunities for deeper involvement and are leaving, this is not the time for its inaptly named Israeli branch to demand recognition in that country.
The CEO of the United Synagogue replies to “Conservative Jews Deserve More than PR,” differentiating between PR and branding, and arguing that those impacted by Conservative Jewish communities are more educated and involved.
The new Israeli agreement to create an “egalitarian” section at the Western Wall promises not merely a fissure, but fragmentation. It has already exposed the fault line of disagreement between the Reform movement and the Reform-funded Women of the Wall.
The Israel Broadcasting Authority wanted both sides of the Open Orthodox story. This was the “other side.”