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    • Naftali Anderson
    • 01.01.08 | 02:39 (IST)

    Actually I think the Reform movement in Israel has more to do with its status here than do the members of the Reform movement in the US. What they do or don't do sets the tone for how the Reform are regarded here. Yes, I'm aware that Reform Judaism is changing and that the Orthodox rabbinate in Israel is unaware of those changes. What I have yet to see is the Reform movement in Israel begin to ask what would be appropriate Reform kinds of things to do to express being a native Reform movement in a Jewish state. That's a little harder because it means putting aside the issues that Reform dealt with in Germany and the US and focus instead on what needs to happen here in Israel. That means taking seriously the problems that bother most Israelis. A lot of the Reform issues in the Diaspora are about survival. Here the questions need to be about quality of life. They need to focus on children and the kind of future they are entitled to. This means among other things the hard question of ju

    from the article: For a quiet religious dialogue
    First published 00:00 31.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 31.12.07
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