Fwd from Masorti: Conversion Bill -- CRITICAL UPDATE
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As you will note from the communication below from the Office of the Prime Minister, we have made good progress, and much of it due to the thousands of people who sent emails. We know that in excess of 20,000 people used the link on our website, and that does not count those who composed their own message and wrote directly. We have heard informally that the Prime Minister's Office received more than 50,000 emails.
But, as they say, it ain't over until the fat lady sings. MK David Rotem has made some very strongly worded statements about getting Prime Minister Netanyahu to back down. He has also said that he will continue to gather votes and will proceed even against the opposition of the Prime Minister. So, don't stop your efforts and don't stop asking others to join with us.
Thank you for all you have done.
David H. Lissy Executive Director and CEO Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel
Statement by the Office of the Prime Minister
In the weekly cabinet meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he will oppose the proposed conversion bill as it could cause a split within the Jewish people. The Prime Minister said he will try to reach an agreement to have the proposed bill removed from the Knesset's agenda, but if that endeavor proves unsuccessful, then he will call upon the Likud faction and the factions of the other coalition partners to oppose the bill.
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I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…