The Venice community commemorates the 500th anniversary of the world’s first ghetto with events that include the U.S. Supreme Court justice in a production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice.’13:06 08.02.16 | 1 comments
While I'm sure that Rabbi Melchior's rabbinic credentials are impeccable, and that he is well-meaning, it is important to note that his philosophy is more akin to Labor and the Left than to any notion of religious Zionism. In practice, Meimad, the liberal religious Zionist wing Melchior has been affiliated with, began as a social activist group, became a failed political party, and allowed itself to be absorbed by Labor during the Oslo debacle. I don't question Melchior's religious sensitivity or his Zionism, but he does not stand for religious Zionism (which his why Meimad cannot muster up a single Knesset seat). I would say that he is therefore a simply a leftist with a yarmulke. And herein lies the problem - religious Zionists aren't perfect (neither is any one), but Melchior only finds "extremists" and "fanatics" among them, a grossly unfair and inaccurate demonization of the settlers and their supporters. Knowing Melchior's background, his piece is less a studied critique of religious Zionism than yet another Leftist swipe at religious Zionism and the Right. Of course, the other mentors of Meimad -Rabbis Lichtenstein and Amital from Gush Etzion -seem to have no problem leading a West Bank yeshiva so long as it's not on the chopping block.