Fair Criticism, Flawed Justification: Where Rabbi Perlow Went Wrong

The leading U.S. Orthodox rabbi had the right to criticize Reform and Conservative ideologies, but in focusing on intermarriage and assimilation he confused theology with sociology.

Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, one of the leaders of American Ultra-Orthodoxy, recently addressed his organization’s annual gala. His speech made headlines for its fiery attack on the Reform and Conservative movement, as well as its sustained and passionate...