Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Reform Movement & intermarried couples

A Reform Jewish task force on intermarriage said Monday that the movement should do more to encourage mixed-faith couples to be active in Jewish life, including creating special blessings for major life events such as weddings and funerals.

The panel proposed no changes in the movement's policy on officiating at interfaith weddings. Reform Judaism formally opposes the practice but allows each rabbi to decide.

Instead, the panel proposed other steps, including educating rabbis on how they can engage intermarried families, and creating blessings for ceremonies that involve a non-Jewish spouse.[...]


  1. The Reform movement has become a lot like Walmart. They need to sell a whole lot of items and a whole lot of crap to keep people coming back.

    The appeal of the Reform movement is to less informed and intellectually curious Jews. Rather, they seek out those for whom convenience and low price are paramount. They offer the minimum amount of 'quality' for the least amount of engagement.

    They appeal to those who believe religious identity is a commodity product, a nicely packaged 'universalist' idea. This idea is carefully cultivated by the Reform leadership as well. Their own 'product' is highly lacking.

    This is not to blame the detached Jews. They are real victims.

  2. They could hire Rabbi Tropper as an advisor. I hear he's looking for work.

  3. Peres also met with Rav Kahaneman at Ponivizh

    UTJ Threatens to Leave Coalition over Conversion Bill

    Reported: 13:30 PM - Mar/10/10

    ( Member of Knesset Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) told President Shimon Peres on Wednesday that his party received instructions from their rabbi to quit the government if the compromises suggested to the conversion bill and the citizenship bill put forth by MK David Rotem (Yisrael Beiteinu) are not accepted. Gafni, who was present in a meeting between the president and Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman, asked Peres to try and solve the crisis. Peres requested that Rabbi Steinman try to prevent the party’s resignation from the coalition.

  4. They could open Churches in order to increase their appeal to the masses (pun intended).


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