Kol Hakavod Rabbi Mirvis.Millions of Jews believe you are showing the right path, to a more united People.
I wonder if you can go a bit further and act as a catalyst to realign the situation of Jewish women in public life in a more fair/just manner.
On a related issue, one of the most offensive 'chumras,' to emerge in the last 20 years has been the virtual ban of women 's singing.
Just consider how , as a consequence the wonderful treasury of folk music , both Yiddish and Ladino (and other folk formats such as the Mizrachi genres , no doubt ) , have all but disappeared.
Has no one thought that in the time up to the Yom Kippur War , how Israeli music was sung and hummed and incorporated into our culture . Moreover , it helped to attach us to the State of Israel in a very real way . Jewish people identified with the joys and the woes of Israeli society very much through public singing .
Our future needs to be ensured in many ways . Exclusion of committed , informed , actively involved Jewish women at any level , will not ensure our survival….Kol Hakavod to you again for attending and participating at UK Limmud.
bring back a strong revisionist zionist movement to our youth they need a raison d etre- what is better than Israel. Our homeland. Look around the world today, can you think of a safer place for us jews? Deborah
Comment by Anonymous — December 25, 2013 @ 6:08 AM
The chief Rabbi represents the middle of middle-of-the-road UK orthodoxy. He has not bowed to the right by attending Limmud, and not appeased the left by allowing partnership minyanim onto the hallowed grounds of his synagogues.
United synagogue shuls can now have women chairmen (mine does). However, further changes to women's rights will need to wait till the teutonic plates of modern orthodoxy next shift to the left.
Comment by Anthony Kent — December 25, 2013 @ 4:59 PM