Our "Thanks" come at a great price! - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ursula Lahat
    • 14.12.10 | 13:37 (IST)

    While I agree with you, Bradley, that these shocking and appalling directives issued by those rogue Rabbis (for I cannot believe that they speak for the majority!) do empower us to use our own judgment and discretion regarding the application of ethics in our everyday lives, and to denounce them as betraying both the precepts of Judaism as well as those of the democratic State they and we are citizens of, I am still not willing to extend my condemnation of those hundreds of misguided and even seditious Rabbis to all Orthodox Rabbis as an entity. The "Thanks" we owe these renegade Rabbis is that it caused a public awakening (finally!) and a backlash by the forces of sanity and morality in the country against those elements who would destroy the democratic fiber that weaves all of us, our institutions and our laws together When this outrage caused recriminatory statements from the President to other Rabbis to the Attorney General (the latter committed himself to initiate an investigation as to the legality of that incendiary letter and/or possible legal consequences against the authors of the letter), then there is still hope that the hegemony of the Rabbinate shall finally be curbed and harnessed within the democratic framework of the nation.

    from the article: We all owe Israel's racist rabbis a vote of thanks
    First published 11:35 14.12.10 | Last updated 11:35 14.12.10
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