While I’ve been respectful of rabbis all my life, I also feel that – whether in Israel or the Diaspora – the contemporary rabbinates of all denominations have failed to produce a vision of the world and its future that resonates with modern western sensibilities and yet is distinctly Jewish. If, as Bradley points out, this latest sad episode also presents an opportunity to “effectively put an end to the notion of rabbinic authority”, then it’s also a time for committed Jews (however we define ourselves) to discuss what that vision might look like. NewJewView (www.newjewview.com) attempts to begin that conversation and is looking for participation. The section on Strangers in Our Midst includes a discussion of the issue at hand as well as the opportunity to review and comment on Torah and Talmudic texts pertinent to renting and selling property to non-Jews, in Israel or elsewhere: http://newjewview.com/home/projects-at-a-glance/strangers-in-our-midst/implications-for-our-time/dont-rent-dont-sell-to-arabs/.
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from the article: We all owe Israel's racist rabbis a vote of thanks