To continue, what about the couples who must essentially lie to the rabbis before they marry? Isn't that as big of a sham as what's been described about Liberal Judaism? I understand the warts that Conservative and Reform Judaism have, but I also recognize the beauty and inclusiveness to many who would never feel part of an Orthodoxy they can't relate to--so is it really better for these people to choose NOTHING? Is a young Israeli army officer who is part of the Masorti movement less important than a non-working, non-conscript Haredi? Yehoshua's comments certainly stirred passions, and I'm as usual conflicted about them, but let's please not use this as an occasion to bash American Jews and our practices further. We've got serious issues to deal with here, and Israel is a key ally in the fight to keep Judaism alive, relevant, and growing. All constructive help is welcome--anything else will garner no audience.
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from the article: A.B. Yehoshua sends 'deepest apologies' for AJC remarks