Things are progressing well, in the troubled case.
Jerusalem-based freethinker strictly-Orthodox Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo published a call for calm and expressed hope that Ashkenazic British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis would be able to lead everyone out of the controversy. His brilliant piece is going to be a classic of integrity, dignity, measured boldness and clear-headedness.
It now seems from this JTA report that the Chief Rabbi indeed has taken this role upon himself. And Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, a key player in this drama, has committed himself to whatever verdict his British Ashkenazic counterpart will issue.
Let’s hope that the whole thing can be resolved along the historic precedent that Rabbi Cardozo suggests of 315 years ago. Then, Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ashkenazi (c.1660-1718) studied all the relevant material from both sides from the storm also between the British Spanish and Portuguese Community and its top Rabbi and vindicated the beleaguered shepherd completely, telling the community leaders that they had misunderstood him and that he must continue as their religious leader.
One of the major advantages of this authoritative and binding arbitrage is not only that thus the conflict will come to an end, but also that we can stop investigating nasty pronouncements made in this case – that I found to be much slanderous ado about nothing. We now may restrict ourselves to reading Rabbi Cardozo’s uplifting words instead. And maybe also *self-promotion* my analysis about some background issues: here.
And now I’m at it, maybe the Chief Rabbi would be so kind to rule that all slander about Rabbi Dweck will be removed from YouTube. Not because it would tarnish Rabbi Dweck but rather because the credibility of his contractors is harmed by their outbursts and of Orthodox Judaism.
A week after the above mentioned expose, Rabbi Cardozo now published second sharp article that lacks any and all ambiguity or over-cautiousness but also has no polemics: In defense of Rabbi Dweck and Orthodox Judaism. Profoundly committed to dissemination of Judaism and concerned by the needless negativity of the controversy, his second piece again is exemplary for how to be bold but decent, outspoken but not divisive.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Channel, all German Muslim lawmakers have voted for gay marriage. It’s just like Rabbi Dweck predicted: If we Jews stay stuck on this, humanity will march on regardless, without Jewish leadership. G-d is taking the world towards more love – even if we’re not ready for it.