Yael Patir, Israel director of the left-leaning U.S. Jewish body, sat down with Haaretz to talk about Trump, the gap between U.S. and Israeli Jews, and the growing anger at the Israeli peace camp. Though she concedes boycott efforts by some on the left have a negative effect, she rejects calls to keep peace efforts local.01:12 01.05.16 | 2 comments
As a male who is converting to Conservative Judaism (and will therefore undergo study, circumcision, and immersion) and comes from a country with separation of church and state, I have to admit that I find the politics of conversion pretty baffling... In my humble opinion, leaving religious matters in Israel to be decided solely by Orthodox authorities is a short-sighted solution to the issues presented by Judaism in the 21st century. I think that a Sanhedrin, elected by members of all Jewish denominations both in Israel and the Diaspora, should be charged with making decisions regarding religious life as it relates to the State of Israel. This seems to me to be the only solution to ensure that every Jewish voice is heard on matters such as conversion and marriage and to realize the mitzvah of there being one law for the stranger and the citizen.