I have no problem with the Reform and Conservative movements protesting and attempting to obtain equal recognition in Israel. Personally, I believe that the prayer issue at the kotel will be resolved. Regarding conversions, there is definitely a problem. The issue I do have, is that these movements are discussing ways of no longer giving money to Israel. As a child of Holocaust survivors whose immediate and extended family including two siblings, could have been saved if there was a state of Israel, I am disgusted by this attitude. Without the state of Israel, anti-Semitism, which is spiraling upwards, will only get significantly worse. Intermarriage is no Mitzvah. While I understand that Jews on campus can as easily fall in love with a non Jew as with a Jew, if the non Jew does not convert, what assurance is there that the children from this marriage will observe any type of Judaism. Soon we will have orthodoxy and Conserva-reform movements. How can conservative Rabbis conduct ceremonies when one of the parties is not Jewish? It is my understanding as a RAbbi that my authority lies in my ability to conduct Jewish marriages where both parties are Jewish. I pray that we will help to strengthen Israel and not destroy it.
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