Friday, September 15, 2006

The Rabbis of Israel

A thought-provoking piece about Israel's politics and religion -- which happen to be completely intertwined. Definitely read!

Don't Put Your Faith in Rabbis

[President Moshe] Katsav has been unable to bring himself to address the
leader of the largest Jewish religious movement in North America by his rightful
title of rabbi. Katsav chose a nationally broadcast interview marking Rosh
Hashanah, by tradition the period when all Jews are called to search their souls
and re-examine the wrongs they have done to others, to explain why he had
snubbed Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism.Katsav
explained that he grew up in a home in which the only people recognized as
rabbis, were those who had received a recognized Orthodox ordination."As soon as
the Knesset of the State of Israel decides to recognize a Reform rabbi as such,
the president will have to as well," Katsav said."As long as the State of Israel
does not recognize him, I will not be the first to do so."
Moshe Katsav will, however, be the first president of Israel to have faced
the strong possibility of indictment on a number of counts of allegations of
rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment.

Be sure to click on the title to read the whole story. Makes you want to support the Reform Movement in Israel even more:

World Union for Progressive Judaism
Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism

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