Rabbi Dov Lior, one of the oldest rabbis of religious Zionism and a former rabbi of Kiryat Arba, publicly addresses for the first time the mistake of the Reform movement and explains why there is no way for Judaism to legitimize these movements.
Rabbi Lior’s remarks follow the controversy that arose a few weeks ago after Rabbi Eliezer Melamed’s meeting with a Reform rabbi, a meeting that caused a stir in religious Zionism.
In his opening remarks, Rabbi Lior says: “Although the Reformers are for the most part Jews in every way, they are not a current in Judaism but a current against Judaism.
Rabbi Lior goes on to say that “in a sense it is a creation of a new religion and it is more serious than the secularism we know. The damage they cause is certainly greater than the benefit that exists from delaying the complete assimilation of many of our people into foreign lands.”
Rabbi Lior’s remarks join the great perplexity of many rabbis, including Torah rabbis and heads of yeshivas in the religious Zionist community, about the public meeting and series of articles by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, rabbi of Har Bracha, in which he clarifies that the reformist currents should not be boycotted.
Rabbi Yaakov Ariel, one of the most prominent arbitrators in religious Zionism, also wrote firm words in this spirit: “The simple reforms can not be brought closer to Judaism as long as their thinkers are recognized as representatives of rabbis.”
Rabbi Ariel added: “It is therefore impossible to recognize their leaders, including Harbis, and have dialogues with them and at the same time bring the Reformers closer together and persuade them to abandon their religion and return to the nation’s lap.
It is worth noting that Rabbi Ariel and Rabbi Lior explained that the Reforms should be brought closer to Judaism and efforts should be made to strengthen Torah and faith among distant publics without detracting and folding in our adherence to the principles of the faith of Israel and the Torah.
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