Israel’s religious establishment should not rely on civil courts to fix problems that should be solved by legislation and negotiation.
The Supreme Court’s decision to recognize Reform and Conservative conversions performed in Israel is a step towards reconciliation.
“Connecting these youngsters with Judaism is only the beginning,” said the rabbi.
“It almost seemed like both myself and my suggested date were ‘damaged goods.’”
If my Facebook feed is any guide, converts to Judaism are commodities, not people. We urgently need to change that.
As the State of Israel expands its theocratic arm in so many different areas of life, it threatens all of us, not just converts.
It’s hard to imagine a more disturbing violation of a sacred Jewish space than the one of which Orthodox rabbi Barry Freundel is accused.
Converted clerics, including those born Jews, were a key force behind the Catholic reforms of Vatican II. That fact in no way undermines the body of faith behind them.