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Daybreak: Six-Month Freeze on Bill

But Reform woman arrested at the Wall, and more in the news

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• Prime Minister Netanyahu cut a deal under which there is a six-month freeze in the Knesset on the controversial Rotem Bill. [Haaretz]

• In Jerusalem, American Jews, led by an Orthodox rabbi, protested the arrest of a Reform woman for holding a Torah at the Western Wall. [JPost]

• Hezbollah expects a U.N. tribunal to indict its top members in the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [NYT]

• Among the papers recovered from Kafka’s boxes so far includes correspendence between him and his friend, Max Brod, and between him and another great writer, Stefan Zweig. [Haaretz]

• Israel is returning the flotilla boats to Turkey. [Ynet]

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R Lee Smith says:

In opposition to the Rotem bill, and in support of WOW, I’ve sent emails to all Israeli officials I could identify on the web, blogged all over the place, etc and am gratified that the bill has been tabled. That being said, I was and am extremely concerned re the Reform movements decision to recognize patrilineal lineage. That decision has to go down as one of the most divisive actions in modern day Jewish history and is the other side of the ugly coin of destruction the potential unity of the Jewish people.

esthermiriam says:

The demonstration in support of Anat Hoffman was at Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC: her arrest was in Jerusalem, and WOW is a multi-denominational group.

Patrilinial descent is one of the most divisive actions?

What about the relatively recent decision to divide men and women at the Kotel, or the decision to arrest a woman for carrying a Torah there?

What about the previously unheard-of decision to reverse conversions that were formerly recognized, years or even decades after the fact?

What about funding Orthodox synagogues but not Conservative or Reform synagogues in Israel?

Patrilinial descent is recognized for the Right of Return, so why shouldn’t it be recognized for other purposes as well? There is no such thing as being “part Jewish.” Either you are or you’re not.

Reuvain says:

Patrileneal discent has no foundation in Jewish law or tradition. It is a creation of the Reform movment in the US. The majority of Jewish communities in the world do not support it. It is not reconized in the law that states “a Jew is a person born of Jewish mother or has converted.”

Separate areas for prayers existed during the British Mandate and since Israel liberated the Wall in 1967. In the Temple during from Solomon through the Second Temple there were separate areas for men and woman.

Liberal American Jews have no right to come and uproot a Jewish tradition that has been in place close to three thousand years at the Wall and prior to that in Temple times. In fact most synagogues worldwide are Orthodox and do not support such a radical agenda.

Bryna Weiss says:

Jews are Jews and we all certainly do have the right to encourage progress and forward thinking and changing those traditions that need to be brought up to the times we live in.

Bryna Weiss says:

I am so tired of having the Ultra Orthodox tell me what the Torah or the Talmud say and question my authentic Jewishness because I choose to be Reform. I am no less a Jew than they! I love my religion, I question it from time to time, I love Israel, I question it from time to time. But to arrest a woman for carrying the Torah, is obscene and no God looking down will condone such actions. And enough about American Jews, what about the majority of Israelis. I believe they are as outraged as any Jew anywhere, by the controls that the Ultra Orthodox exercize in Israel. It has to stop!!

I’m with Bryna Weiss. Is Israel becoming a clerical society like Iran or other fundamentalist governments. We are all Jews, Reform, Conservative, Orthodox. Our blood is the same. Our love for and pride in Israel is the same. We are one people realizing the dream of history. We are not separatist, but inclusive. The Torah is our Torah, women, men, children. Old Jew or new-Jew. “Hear, O’ Israel!”

Avner Stein says:

Most Israel Jews are upset that the ultra-right receives so much subsidizes, but there is no fear that they somehow are trying to take over the government or change the political apparatus.

ultimately israel is a sovereign country and can make up its own laws.

unless american jews want to move to israel and be a part of the system, they need to STFU and go back to their obama fundraiser.

iran is a more pressing issue than jewish marriage law.


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