My father, Rabbi Dr Yeheskel Reich, one of the last representatives of the great European orthodox humanistic and liberal rabbinic tradition expressed in his way of life his conviction that morality, integrity and and humanism were the basis of Jewish life. It is this core that I decided to embrace without the trappings of observance. I did so when I became aware that strict observance was frequently misused to lead in the opposite direction.
I did not for a moment imagine that that such observance with its primitive sanctification of minutiae could lead to the horrors we are encountering now when naïve and simple believers who have been deprived of the basics of knowledge have been, and perhaps still are being deluded into blind faith in their leaders which leads to the crazed disregard of the sanctity of life, (Pikuach Nefesh). It is unbelievable that our authorities have been supporting this for reasons that reek of greed and power whilst hundreds and perhaps thousands are paying for this with their lives.
Are there people who will survive to seize this opportunity for some courageous soul searching?