Author: Yaakov Menken
The Conservative movement has reached a point of no return in the USA. While its members reject opportunities for deeper involvement and are leaving, this is not the time for its inaptly named Israeli branch to demand recognition in that country.
The CEO of the United Synagogue replies to “Conservative Jews Deserve More than PR,” differentiating between PR and branding, and arguing that those impacted by Conservative Jewish communities are more educated and involved.
The new Israeli agreement to create an “egalitarian” section at the Western Wall promises not merely a fissure, but fragmentation. It has already exposed the fault line of disagreement between the Reform movement and the Reform-funded Women of the Wall.
The Israel Broadcasting Authority wanted both sides of the Open Orthodox story. This was the “other side.”
It’s possible to read the story of the Exodus repeatedly, yet fail to notice that the same lies that Pharoah told about the Jews over 3300 years ago are the same ones circulated today. If you think BDS is something new, or that there is a problem of “occupation,” it’s time to acknowledge the reality of hatred.