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Factionalized Judaism? Chief Rabbi Joe

Aaron, Joseph

Jewish Advocate, Apr 18, 1996, Vol.186(15), p.15

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    Factionalized Judaism? Chief Rabbi Joe
  • Author: Aaron, Joseph
  • Description: To be honest with you, it doesn't surprise me. For years, I have felt have we were heading in this direction. It is sad but true that, at this moment, there are dialogue groups between Jews and blacks, Jews and Poles, Jews and Hispanics, Jews and Catholics, but not one official dialogue group among Reform, Conservative and Orthodox Jews. Rabbi Eric Yoffie, Reform's new head, has made it clear that "my goal is to build a movement of Reform Jews form whom Torah is at the center of their lives. Reform Jews are coming home to G-d, because G-d called us into being...and thrust distinctiveness upon us. We are coming home to Torah because it is the very essence of our being and because we see as our first duty and great joy the teaching of those sacred texts that bind us to a shared faith and a shared way of life." We must listen to those words before it is too late. And the way to start, I believe, is instead of looking at other Jews and deciding why they re not fit to be Jews and deciding why they are not fit to be Jews, to instead look within ourselves, see if we are obeying the commandment of loving our fellow Jews, if our hearts are open to embracing every Jew. For every Jew, no matter what, is precious.
  • Is Part Of: Jewish Advocate, Apr 18, 1996, Vol.186(15), p.15
  • Identifier: ISSN: 10772995
  • Subjects: United States ; Judaism ; Religion ; Spirituality
  • Language: English
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