Because the guests have explained to us that their point of view is that the Jewish religion must go with the times and be more liberal – for example, repeal laws on mixed marriages and recognize marriages in which the woman is not Jewish and has not been converted – and with In other words, to get rid of laws that are of bygone times and that have no place in the world in which we live, I asked for permission to speak.
I told the guests that these were exactly the same arguments as those of Paul the Apostle, commonly known as Saint Paul and also known by his Jewish name Saul of Tarsus.
He was one of the central figures in the establishment and dissemination of Christianity, which many see to this day as the real founder, and I added: "He just wanted to simplify the Jewish religion and adapt to the zeitgeist. "
It is not necessary to explain today what the disciples and followers of Saul of Tarsus brought about for Judaism. Expulsion, pogroms, demographic destruction, humiliation and oppression and the murder of millions of Jews has followed since the exile after the destruction of the Second Temple into the Holocaust. Anti-Semitism and hate crimes have never taken place to this day.
I do not obey all 613 commandments, only a small number of them, such as kashrut (food laws) and fast days, but I have absolute objection to the religious reforms demanded by many Jews living in the US and in other countries. Of course, I also categorically reject smaller circles of fanatics who do not recognize the state of Israel, some of whom even live. But these extremists do not represent the Jewish religion and certainly not its foundations.
In a poll recently conducted by the American Jewish Committee, a deep rift was uncovered between Jews living in the US and in Israel. Only 12 percent of the American Jews surveyed described the relationship between US Jewry and Israeli Jews as "family" and about a third stated that they had not felt any sympathy with the Jews in Israel.
I would add some questions to this poll that were not there. How many of the American Jews, for example, had visited Israel? According to several studies, less than 20 percent did so. In other words, the majority of them have not even bothered to visit the state of the Jewish people, where more than 6.5 million of them live. And how many Reformed Jews did Aliyah make to Israel? It is better not to mention the numbers.
A large majority, 90 percent of American Jews who emigrated to Israel – and they're welcome – are orthodox Zionists who want to live with their brothers without having to repair their religion.
So what is all the noise about the surrounding prayer services on the Western Wall, or around the recognition of converts or other Reformations and Conservative marriages? I do not know any Jew who died as a result of separate prayer services or marriages that took place in the Rabbinate. In my opinion and that of the majority of Israelis – whose majority do not live up to the commandments – is this a tradition of thousands of years and what is wrong with the preservation of our old tradition?