Misunderstanding Jews on the other side of the pond goes both ways - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Jason
    • 27.06.12 | 03:55 (IDT)

    Israelis complain constantly that American (and other Diasporan) Jews don't understand Israel. With good reason. And, with good reason, I'd like to register some complaints against some Israeli misconceptions about us: 1) Reform (40% of US Jews) and Conservative (30%) are the two largest movements here. They are not fringe. 2) Reform is growing, but not via astronomical birthrates. They embrace interfaith and other nontraditional families and conversion. I'm a convert, gay, and my husband & I will be raising our children Jewish. So there. 3) The settlements are not justifiable unless you read Judaism as a purely tribal affiliation. I don't. 4) You can think the settlement policy is absolutely deplorable, and still love Israel. I do, and I'm very, very sure I'm not alone. In fact, I'm pretty sure it's the majority opinion among American Jews. 5) If you don't think Reform rabbis know halakha, then you clearly haven't spoken to one of them.

    from the article: Settlements threaten American Jews' connection with Israel
    First published 11:58 26.06.12 | Last updated 11:58 26.06.12
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