Israel’s current Minister of Religious Affairs, David Azoulay, who is a member of the Shas party, recently said that Reform Jews are “a disaster for the people of Israel” (see: ADL slams religious affairs minister’s ‘derogatory’ comments). In doing so, he insulted millions of Jews around the world that belong to or identify with Reform Judaism, including members of both my immediate and extended family. Such remarks are unacceptable, especially from a minister in the government of the State of Israel, which is the ancestral homeland of all Jews, not just the ones that agree with Mr. Azoulay’s religious point of view. For this reason and this reason alone, Mr. Azoulay should be dismissed from the cabinet immediately.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time one of Israel’s leaders has insulted his or her fellow Jews and it probably won’t be the last. In fact, the article whose link appears above mentions comments by another Knesset member, Israel Eichler, a member of another Haredi party, United Torah Judaism. Apparently, Eichler saw it fit to compare the Women of the Wall to the arsonists who burned a church in northern Israel. Both Azoulay and Eichler have obviously forgotten that without the support of many of the world’s Reform, Conservative and other non-Orthodox Jews that they hate so much, they would not have a country to call home. Anyone ever heard the saying, “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you?”