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    • 29.10.10 | 10:25 (IST)

    As much as I agree with Michael that Israel must not become a theocracy, which is not the intention of this legislation, we must remember and maintain an uncomfortable fact - that the liberal/reform/progressive/conservative movements do not practice Judaism - they selectively take Jewish rituals, customs, culture and ornaments and have created a bastardised hybrid in fitting with their own lifestyle, which they claim is under the umbrella of Judaism. You don't want to hear this, but they are about as much Jewish as Jews for Jesus / Messianic Jews are - which is zero. You can not pick and chose, you can not rewrite religion. What you can do is create a new religion (eg Joseph Smith, L Ron Hubbard) You are either a believer, or a heretic - and you should be happy with your choice. It is high time that worldwide Jewry stopped behaving so desperate for numbers by accepting non-orthodox practices into the fold. Let them change their name, call themselves something that is completely disassociated with the words Jew/Jewish/Judaism/Israel. Diluting a religion and picking and choosing what is convenient for your lifestyle - example marrying a non jewish girl, on shabbat, under a huppa, while wearing a tallit, including but not limited to while in the presence of a former US President - IS NOT JUDAISM.

    from the article: Bill granting Rabbinate monopoly on conversions sparks fiery debate
    First published 02:43 29.10.10 | Last updated 02:43 29.10.10
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