Really, Yori, this is too much … v'ahavta lireyacha kamocha
Comment by Benny Gamal — October 24, 2013 @ 12:43 PM
please don't include me,
Benny Gamal, Kohein HaShamein ("The Fat Kohein"), a shomer Shabbat Jew,
in your insular, and restrictive definition of "your modern orthodox" readership
Comment by Benny Gamal — October 24, 2013 @ 12:46 PM
I don't live in the Diaspora. I live in the United States of America, the greatest country on the face of this earth. If I wanted to move to a theocracy where most of my fellow Jews don't have the freedom to worship Judaism (or not worship) as they wish, I'd buy my one-way plane ticket to the Holy Land. But unlike you, I'm not an auslander in my own home.
Comment by Dan Silagi — October 24, 2013 @ 12:56 PM
At the Berlin (Germany( Jewish Museum there is an ongoing exhibit called "The Jews in Germany" A story told about Jewish history in Germany. One part of the exhibit deals with Moses Mendelssohn and his rather large family. Moses Mendelssohn was the foremost Rabbi in Europe, yet out of his 14 children all but two converted to Christianity in an attempt to better themselves economically, and politically within German society. Felix Mendelssohn's father had young Felix baptized at the age of 8 to simplify this process of being a true German. The same thing is happening to the Reform Movement in the USA today, especially within intermarried couples. In one generation, thousands of years of Judaism and Jewish education along with love for Torah and the State of Israel will be lost forever.
Just like the Jews of Germany, Spain, all the way back to Egypt that thought they were "not living in Diaspora" couldn't believe the murderous anti-Semites were referring to them….good, assimilated citizens of country x,y or z. For us, history repeats itself. Except now we have Israel.
We are in the thwenty first century, if we should survive the only way is to reform, men women they have to be together with their family in the synagoge, the synagoge is not only for men is for both, read both the torah, this are the first reform to make and forget the "machismo" in the jewish religious tradition.
I am saddened by this response to a valid point brought to light by a reader. Although I may agree with the things that Yori explains about the Reform movement – it still does not make sense to say "Reform, Nebach." If a journalist feels they represent a certain format in their media outlet, they should write in a way that readers will be enlightened to that point of view – and by writing "Reform, Nebach" – the opposite happens. Readers are alienated. A little sophistication in presentation is called for. Or maybe the Jewish Press is for unsophisticated readers, Nebach.