Israel's rabbinate is no meritocracy: it's stuffed with political appointees, a proven recipe for corruption. And now it seeks to control local Orthodox communities around the world
Rabbi Seth Farber
Rabbi Seth (Shaul) Farber is the director of ITIM: Resources and Advocacy for Jewish Life
Discouraging intermarriage is important, but creating a meaningful dialogue about why the Jewish people need to survive is even more critical.
As the Israeli Chief Rabbinate excludes more and more overseas rabbis, Orthodox rabbis abroad should consider pushing back - a boycott for a boycott.
The Jewish character of the State of Israel cannot be held hostage by the type of Orthodoxy now represented in the government. We need to re-imagine Jewish life, based on an idea of halakha that is inclusive and enabling, not demeaning and power-hungry.