Judaism is not a matter of obligation but a legacy of moral wisdom from whose teachings we may pick and choose.
The Israeli rabbinate’s decision to accept Rabbi Avi Weiss is welcome. Now maybe it can acknowledge Conservative and Reform rabbis, who are no less Jewish than their Orthodox peers.
Before leaving for Israel, where she will take part in the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations’ annual mission to the Jewish state, Rabbi Julie Schonfeld reflects on the recent debacle over women’s prayer at the Western Wall — responding both as the Rabbinical Assembly’s executive vice president and as the mother of two young boys. What follows are excerpts from her essay: