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Israel Recognizes Reform, Conservative Rabbis – Bloggers Start Your Engines!


Jalena Rubinstein, first Russian reform female rabbi.

Jalena Rubinstein, first Russian reform female rabbi.
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First, the key points, as listed by Australian blogger Gary Dunn:

Israel to Pay Wages of Reform, Conservative Rabbis Although the court ruled in 2009 that the state should pay up, a dispute arose over how to define non-Orthodox rabbis, which prevented the agreement from being finalized.

The Reform movement insisted its leaders be called “non-Orthodox rabbis,” while the ministry of religious services — which is controlled by the ultra-Orthodox Shas party — insisted on calling them “community heads.”

Unlike Orthodox community rabbis who are funded by the religious services ministry, the Reform and Conservative rabbis will receive their salaries from the ministry of culture and sports. Gary Dunn, The Australian Eye

I believe the intriguing headline below is a typo, I don’t think the threat of destorying Israel but rather of destroying her was upsetting the author. Still, spell checking is almost essential in disseminating one’s diatribe…

Next Target for Reform & Conservative Jews to Destory: Israel As if these movements have not caused enough damage to Judaism in Diaspora and Europe, let’s bring it to Israel too. I just read in the Ynetnews.com that Israel has recognized Reform and Conservative Rabies as Jewish Rabies and they will receive state funding. I am not going to argue these movements’ political standing because it varies from one spectrum to another. However, why is it so important for these two movements to be recognized in Israel? Don’t they have enough power in the U.S? What is left of them in the U.S? Has their membership market finally run out of members that they are looking to Israel to find supporters? Didn’t the Reform movement argue that it is a form of Judaism that is designed to address the American and European needs? Why do they need to establish themselves in Israel? For more by Ben Kahen, ESQ., go to: The Light At the end of the Tunnel

OK, now how about a Reform Chief Rabbi? Too soon? Not if you ask Dr. Mendy Ganchrow, past president of the Orthodox Union, and former Exec. VP of the Religious Zionists of America.

Reform and Conservative Clergy The decision to fund Reform and Conservative clergy in Israel is a sick perversion of Jewish Law and tradition.

These so-called religious movements have brought assimilation, mixed marriages, same sex marriages, egalitarianism and desecration of our Holy Torah.

No civil Court, no government has the power to recognize those who desecrate our Torah.

The next thing will be for some jokers to lobby for a “chief Rabbi from these groups. Mendy Ganchrow, M.D.

And now, something from our non-religious friends, who must have ambivalent reactions to the acceptance of yet another religious authority in Israel, when all they want is a little more Godlessness…

Israeli Reform & Conservative Jews Have The Wrong Idea No Zionist is opposed to Israel’s cultural expressions of Judaism such as designating holidays, employing certain symbols or speaking Hebrew.  But the approach of these liberal religious Jews betrays their own prejudice that Judaism is first and foremost a religion.

The state should remain completely neutral in all matters of faith.  No religious councils.  No state funding of synagogues.  No state rabbis. Not that long ago, certain religious types began changing the words of the IDF’s Yizkor (memorial) reading.  Instead of “Yizkor Am Yisrael…May the People of Israel Remember,” they recited “Yizkor Elohim…May God Remember.”  So the IDF had a special committee study the issue.  The original – and secularized – wording was restored.  Still Jewish, but silent about faith. Rabbi Jeffrey Falick, The Atheist Rabbi

Next, a profile of the main plaintiff in the Reform case against the state. Now, to my frummie friends (which, come to think of it, comprises all my friends), just cuz I’m citing it don’t mean I’m endorsing it. OK? Pheew…

Battling in the Courts and Planting the Grassroots: Rabbi Miri Gold speaks to the non-Orthodox Jewish experience in Israel “I didn’t fit the mold,” explains Rabbi Miri Gold of Kibbutz Gezer, “Lighting candles on Shabbat without the blessing was just too culturally Jewish for me—something was missing.” Gold recalls that Orthodox kibbutzim, “as liberal as they were in their own way,” weren’t Jewishly comfortable either. From this state of alienation, Gold went on to become a member of Kibbutz Gezer in 1977 and from there, slowly found her way to becoming an ordained Reform Rabbi.

Today, Gold is the main protagonist in IRAC’s dramatic petition to Israel’s Supreme Court demanding equal footing with the Orthodox for Reform and Conservative rabbis in Israel. Rebecca Cariati, IRAC

Here’s a frequently repeated mistake, the suggestion that the Orthodox are a minority in the Jewish nation. While Jews who identify themselves through dress and public observance as Orthodox may number only between one and two million, for most Israeli Jews there is no alternative to Orthodoxy. This, and not the lack of state recognition, is why both Conservative and Reform have done so poorly in Israel. Israelis may not follow all the mitzvot, but they know the real thing when they see it.

Not Orthodox? Not good enough Most of the world’s Jews are Reform, secular, atheist, Reconstructionist, Conservative, anything-but-Orthodox. And yet other than this one, highly-qualified decision, Israel’s handling of religious issues says loud and clear that there is but one way to be a Jew, and that’s Orthodox. Indeed: ultra-Orthodox. Emily L. Hauser, In My Head

CHEESECAKE CONTEST & BLOG MARKETING
Alison Barnett

Alison Barnett

Now and then you hear a clever line, or name, and you just hate yourself for not having come up with it yourself. Without a doubt, Ali-Babka belongs up there, with the winners of my Resentfulness Medal.

Her name is Alison Barnett and she started Alibabka in 2011 to blog about her passion for the culinary arts.

She is a recent graduate from The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York City, and she works full time at a non-profit and part time at Solo Restaurant in NYC. And she’s an Observant Jew, kosher, etc.

“Graduating from ICE is proof that observant Jews can do whatever they are passionate and still strictly uphold Rabbinic Law,” she writes. “Keeping kosher in the culinary world has pushed me to be extremely creative by substituting ingredients and coming up with new takes on classic dishes.”

She loves sharing my ideas, thoughts, recipes, and experiences about cooking. “I believe that anyone can cook with a little direction, the right tools, and a whole lot of patience,” she declares.

Cheesecake Truffles DIY A few weeks ago, in a nice ratings-enhancing effort, Alison started a contest, inviting her readers to win a half dozen frozen cheesecake truffles, by posting their favorite cheesecake flavor, sharing her contest and web page on their Facebook “wall,” then getting their friends and loved ones to vote for them and “like” Alison’s fan page – and whoever gets the most votes on their cheesecake flavor wins.

She posted the winner just before Shavuot. Go check it out, and salivate on the images of those cheesecake truffles. Dangerous lady! Alison Barnett, Alibabka

OLD PROBLEM, OLD SOLUTIONS, DO SOMETHING ALREADY

Mandating Prenuptial Agreements YU Roshei Yeshiva have signed public letters endorsing it which says honestly:

The increase utilization of pre-nuptial agreements is a critical step in purging our community of the distressful problem of the modern-day Aguna and enabling men and women to remarry without restriction. By encouraging proper halakhic behavior in the sanctification and the dissolution of marriage, we will illustrate diracheha darchi noam v’chol netivoteha shalom, all the Torah’s paths are peaceful. R. Michael J. Broyde, Hirhurim

ANOTHER PHOTO-ESSAY BY SHARON ALTSHUL

“Trying to get lots of information into one post was not so simple,” she emailed me. “I had to leave out the organizers names, but credit and thanks to Avigail, Joe, Marna and Michael.”

She reported in text and images on “the Jerusalem Business Network Forum Bio-Med, a group formed to bring science industry to Jerusalem, launched the Burrill Israel Fund.”

Check out Jerusalem, Past and Future:

'People stayed for hours talking at the end of the meeting.' Photo-essay by Sharon Altshul.

'People stayed for hours talking at the end of the meeting.' Photo-essay by Sharon Altshul.


FEMININE RAGE, ANYONE?

Sarah, a guest writer on Dov Bear, comes across as honest and angry. Tell me you haven’t had those days… All I have to say, though, is get yourself a rabbi who will understand you. Not the scary kind…

About the Joys of Nidda I am a choseret b’teshuvah trying to get used to being orthodox. It isn’t easy. I hate niddah! It’s like, just when my husband and I are starting to get close, Boom! It’s niddah time! No touching, no hugging, nothing! It’s awful.

When you are niddah your husband cannot even eat from your plate! One evening I forgot this and cut off a piece of cheesecake and ate it straight from the container. Marital discord ensued. My husband was like, “How could you? Now I cannot eat the cheesecake!” In my head I was like, “Good! Now the cheesecake is all mine. Bwahaha!” But he asked his rabbi and was told he could eat the part of the cheesecake I didn’t touch. Bummer! Maybe this was permitted because it was Shabbat and my husband had an extreme need for cheesecake and it was upsetting our Shalom Bayit. Consult your own rabbi on this. But I think that if you are niddah and want the cheesecake to be all yours, you can touch it and kiss it all over then it is forbidden to your husband.
Sarah, DovBear

About the Author: Tibbi Singer is a veteran contributor to publications such as Israel Shelanu and the US supplement of Yedioth, and Jewish Business News.


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3 Responses to “Israel Recognizes Reform, Conservative Rabbis – Bloggers Start Your Engines!”

  1. Rc Fowler says:

    This foolish woman–is not a genuine rabbi!

    The modern state of Israel should not financially support the rabbinate–its a waste of tax payers money!

  2. Rc Fowler says:

    All of these women who falsely claim to be rabbis are foolish–and should not be recognized as genuine rabbis–again more corruption from [some] of the rabbinate.

  3. Sara Brown says:

    Ms. Singer – please check out the splendid blog that is http://holylandinsights.blogspot.com/. Also, I wanted to make sure you saw this: http://ajewintherain.blogspot.com/2012/05/thank-you-note.html. Have a great Shabbos!

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