Thursday, June 28, 2012
"Many Israelis now see the Orthodox rabbinical establishment as completely alien to their life’s experience. Many see it as a corrupt institution, which perpetuates itself through political blackmail and cynical exploitation of the democratic game.
"Given this state of affairs, recent Supreme Court rulings on matters of state and religion and the state’s recognition of non-Orthodox rabbis are not pioneering moves ahead of their time, but rather a faithful expression of the feelings of most Israelis. They reflect a deep change which has taken place in the position of the non-Orthodox movements in the social fabric of Israeli life. A major study conducted by the Jerusalem-based Guttman Center for Surveys – A Portrait of Israeli Jews: Beliefs, Observance, and values of Israeli Jews, 2009 - bears this out."
Download a PDF version of Rabbi Gilad Kariv's VIEWPOINT article "A time for reform" which will appear in the July 16, issue of The Jerusalem Report.