The real change is under the radar! - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Zev Davis
    • 18.11.13 | 10:19 (IST)

    In all this brouhaha over the Kotel the media pundits are forgetting the real change that is occuring. In earlier generations who would have thought that wearing Talittot, and putting on Tfillin was any kind of priority in the Reform movement?! Why is it these erstwhlle "Orthodox" practices have become significant, and, tfor women. Methinks that there is a turn to more Tradtitional observance, if not strictly Halachic, along Halachic lines. I have been told that some Renewal-Reform Jews ascribe to aspects of Normative Halacha albeit in an Alternative way. If that is so, you wonder who is "winning". T'would seem that there is a move to a more Tradtional form of practicing Judaism where the Wall has become part of the furniture. Could be the Haredim are not "upset" at the format, but, like a vegan that looks upon "other forms" vegetarianism, that if fails to understand the basic concepts of staying away from animal based foods. Then too, I wonder if the Talit and Tfillin thing is not as serious--do Reform women put on Tfillin every day as Halacha proscribes, or is it a once a month at the Wall thing.. In Normative Halacha these practices are not "forbidden", but not required--egalitarianism has no bearing on issue! I am not sure if most Refrom Jewish women would take on the obligation of putting on Tfillin every day, or Refrom Jewish men, for that matter. Were this a "religious" issue, there would be daily minyanim at Reform temples in a pro forma Halachic service. Indeed, I am not sure that how many Reform Jewish women or men would observe a new set of more stringent religious pracices. The fact that thses things, may not be common tell me that the WoW "struggle" is only an exercise in power politics.

    from the article: Is the ultra-Orthodox hold on Israel slipping?
    First published 15:16 14.11.13 | Last updated 15:16 14.11.13
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