A Reform Rabbi Is Set to Make History in Israel, Enraging the ultra-Orthodox Parties

Danielle Ziri
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Labor Party candidate and Reform rabbi Gilad Kariv is not surprised ultra-Orthodox lawmakers have vowed to boycott him if he’s elected to Israel’s Knesset on March 23, but says the silence of other parties over the threat should worry everyone.

“I’ve not heard Likud representatives or Gideon Sa’ar or Naftali Bennett react against these comments,” said Kariv, referring to the leaders of the right-wing parties New Hope and Yamina. “Do we really live in a reality where we’re OK letting the ultra-Orthodox parties continue to be so dismissive and demonizing toward entire communities?”

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