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    • Zev Davis
    • 12.05.13 | 15:46 (IDT)

    politics or religion that the Reform and Conservative Jewish leaders are promoting. When, as I read, you have "conquered the Wall"--from whom? and what for? The reason that Normative Halachic practice is the norm, even among Traditional Sephardic Jews and others that are "strict" about their observance of Halacha is that they accept the authority of the Chief Rabbinate. It's based on a body of knowledge that requires years of study. Except for a very few Reform and Conservative leaders who either have the "background" or have studied the texts, the approach is mostly "Historic" Young Conservatve youth learn as much about the Ancient Near East, as they learn about Humash in contrast to Yeshivot Ktanot that study what Nechama Leibowitiz liked to call the "Classical Commentaries" such as Rashi, Ramban, and others. Frankly, I don't see any "religious" value to knowing maritial practices among the early Semites, but we do learn moral values from the actions of our Forefathers that has provided us with the morals of our Nation. The Talmud, too, I fear is not a text often well known by many Conservativae and Reform rabbis, nor the Halachic texts and commentaries and it;s very likely that most of the half million or so Jews, Orthodox and others that study the Daf Yomi likely are better versed on those texts than any of them. The bottom line is that for many Jews in Israel, it's not "just History", its the Revelation of the Law on Mt Sinai from Moses to Joshua to . . . and not some Hegelian mantra meant to make Jews feel comfortable about their presence among non-Jews. We go go the Wall to pray to God, not to prove that "my version of Jusaism is better than your version of Judaism" Any believing Jew knows that unless the "inside" is compatible with "outside", not matter what it looks in a photo op, regardless if it is Halachic or not Halachic, it's no more than hubris.

    from the article: An open letter to Naftali Bennett on ultra-Orthodoxy, Jewish pluralism and the Women of the Wall
    First published 11:26 12.05.13 | Last updated 11:26 12.05.13
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