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    • Rabbi Jonathan
    • 22.12.13 | 03:24 (IST)

    If Orthodox Jews in America (or in Israel) cannot accept other movement conversions because they "don't meet the halakhic bar," they just may have to circle the wagons and insulate themselves, as many have been doing. That does not make them more Jewish, or the other movements less Jewish. It simply means that some Jews will be involved in the greater society and others will pull inward and stultify to the point of irrelevance. Many Orthodox Jews in America support a pluralistic approach to Jewish practice and belief. Israel has its share, too, of Orthodox Jews who believe that Reform (for example) can be as "authentic" as Orthodox. Just look into the Shalom Hartman Institute and you will see a community that accepts Jews from across the spectrum. And thank goodness - and God - for them!

    from the article: Why non-Orthodox Judaism is a disaster for Israel
    First published 12:43 11.12.13 | Last updated 12:43 11.12.13
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