With all due respect, as it is with many in the Orthodox world, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef is suffering from one very LARGE, painfully ingrown toenail. It's not often I find myself in agreement with ADL chief Abraham H. Foxman, but in this case, one has no choice but to concur. One does not inculcate in humanity, a desire to learn & to know about about G-d with such foolish, ill-conceived & condescending pronouncements. Only those who honor what is honorable in others, will themselves be honored. To the contrary, it is Israel & the Torah commmunity that is in G-d's service to humanity - that the entire world will one day soon be filled with a knowledge of G-d, through G-d's eternal covenant with Israel, & the children of Israel. All The righteous of this world, are sons of Noah's righteous son Shem, & all these have a place in the world to come. Indeed, there are many righteous among the gentiles who are deserving of respect, & many among today's Jewish people who are corrupt & in dishonor. Is it the good Rabbis intention to inflame the non-Jewish world against Israel? And I thought only the Israeli regressive left were pyromaniacs.
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