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    • Joe
    • 03.05.13 | 19:22 (IDT)

    I am always amazed at the conservative and reform viewpoints on this. In their quest to create "equality" at the Kotel, they would completely disrespect those that cannot and will not pray in an environment such as is envisioned by those like "Rabbi" Yolkut. Essentially, they would create an environment where torah-observant Jews could not practice as THEY wish. And let's be clear, is is the practice of Torah and Halachic based Judaism that kept us strong and solid throughout our long and dark galut. Different movements have arisen over the course of our history that have tried to change how Judaism is practiced. They use their own interpretations and twists of the Torah to make a Judaism that meets their needs. Where are they all now? Gone. They are gone because when you try to make yourself conform to the needs of everyone, you end up conforming with nothing. There is a famous saying in America, where the Conservative and Reform movements maintain their strongholds. That is that there is no such thing as a third-generation Reform Jew. That's because when you tell your kids that they can practice as they want to, there is NOTHING preventing them from marrying non-Jews and assimilation swallows them up. My recommendation to Yolkut is to embrace the woman that she is, and stop trying to be a man. G-d created us differently physically and spiritually. You should no sooner want to pray like a man than start demanding that 8 day old girls get some sort of circumcision. Though, I'm sure that is not far behind...

    from the article: An open letter to Leah Aharoni, on behalf of religious freedom in Israel
    First published 18:14 01.05.13 | Last updated 18:14 01.05.13
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