Who’s the he? Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar. According to him, as quoted in the Jerusalem Post, Reform Jews are the ones responsible for all of the ills of Israeli and Jewish society, including violence and assimilation. Regarding the latter – talk to the average Israeli on the street. If they have to choose between Orthodoxy and nothing, they will choose nothing. I’m not saying that this is the right choice, but its the choice made daily. Reform Judaism, then, could be argued as preventing assimilation, as it provides an avenue to Judaism that is seen as far more agreeable than its Orthodox counterparts. Now about the former – what? Is Amar really trying to say that there is no violence in the Orthodox community. Just for the record, the allegations made against Rabbi Elon, are not being made by Reform Jews against a Reform Rabbi; that’s all in the Orthodox community. So here’s my point – no community is perfect, and there’s a lot of resentment towards both streams of Judaism, but people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
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