Skip to main content

Letter to Jweekly (Aug. 5, 2010): "Pluralism is real"

Letter to Jweekly (Aug. 5, 2010): "Pluralism is real"

Joshua Skootsky's letter ("Stop meddling with conversion bill," July 30) is precisely the reason Israel is rapidly alienating itself from the global Jewish people. Skootsky writes, "Reform or Conservative Judaism is an American export with a tiny following — less than 1 percent of all Israelis are Reform or Conservative." His numbers are wrong, but his point is more problematic.

   Judaism is and has always been a global reality, and the Jewish extremism that dominates the Israeli landscape is killing Judaism for the vast majority of Israelis. Masorti (Conservative) and Mitkademet (Reform) Judaism are fighting for the soul of Judaism in Israel. Jews around the world must take notice and join in the effort.

Rabbi Menachem Creditor   |   Berkeley

Congregation Netivot Shalom


---
Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Congregation Netivot Shalom  ||  Bay Area Masorti  ||  ShefaNetwork.org  ||  menachemcreditor.org 
To join Rabbi Creditor's email list, send a blank email to thetisch-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

Popular posts from this blog

To Kneel [a #Poem]

To Kneel 

(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditorfor Landingham & Kaepernick, our angels in the wings
Sometimes, it isn't about nuance.
Sometimes it just comes down to facing the storm,
calling God out,
standing at the center of a whirlwind
holding your ground.

No cathedral is immune to agony,
no soul impervious to life itself no nation purely noble.
If it were any other way,
there would be no need for cathedrals
in the first place.

Kneel,  stand,  sit,  rise up.

To kneel is
to submit  to lower oneself  to step down  to pause.
To kneel is to call attention  to touch the Earth's face to listen to those  whose blood saturates  the very roots of our story.
To kneel is to step aside  to step outside  to invite others to come closer  to remember.
To kneel is not to stand not to stand not to stand idly by.
Speak your truth,
God damn it.

That's what God wants most of all.

Then There Will Be Enough" - A reflection on this week's #Torah Portion. #toldot #life #wisdom