Weekly Digest – News and Essays In and Out of Orthodoxy – Parshas Behar 5776
What Israel can learn from New York’s kosher meat riots (My great-grandfather and namesake was very involved with the 1937 and 1943 kosher meat episodes; FYI here.)
The Modernization of Chabad – So much more to say. I would add in the likely effects of extreme focus on the greatness of the Lubavitcher Rebbe zt”l and the Geulah (irrespective of the Meshichist faction); despite the intent, this is bound to take focus away from the regular (Torah and Mitzvos) aspects of Yahadus, which always need to be most central and dynamically reinforced. Not to mention the impact of a massive movement not having a live leader to guide his following and set standards, and to craft responses to the many changes in society and the Jewish world which we currently experience. A movement with a grand and illustrious legacy, and now with such problems as well. I hope the recent discussion makes its way into Chabad and leads to constructive response.
The Land of Israel DOES NOT Belong to the People of Israel – Snippet: “We act as if God’s promise of the land is equivalent to absolute ownership and as if absolute ownership allows us to trample the rights and the dignity of the indigenous Palestinians. We behave as if the Land is ours and as if the Palestinians are therefore ours to do with them as we please. It is not and they are not.” Here is another example of this Open Orthodox rabbi’s many articles on this topic. I do not think that these articles are helpful. While one is free to agree or disagree with this rabbi, I suspect that his articles can be quite damaging.
Last week’s installment of Weekly Digest – News and Essays In and Out of Orthodoxy can be viewed here.