Rabbis to Reform Rabbi Rick Jacobs: Don’t Claim to Represent Diaspora Jewry


From the Coalition for Jewish Values:

The CJV noted that the Reform movement opposed moving the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem without a “comprehensive plan for a peace process,” thus holding Israel hostage to an intransigent Palestinian Authority, and similarly opposed recognition of Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights. When the US reversed a hostile anti-Israel policy and recognized the legality of Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria, Rabbi Jacobs improbably asserted that this move would hurt the fight against BDS and further delegitimization of Israel. Rabbi Rick Jacobs similarly claimed it was wrong for Israel to bar US legislators who employ Anti-Semitic tropes and seek Israel’s destruction. Yet Reform leaders have demanded that Israel make changes to its religious practices to conform to failed American Reform standards, and even construct a section for mixed prayer at the Western Wall — though the current facility, as Ms. Hotovely noted, goes unused.

Rick Jacobs, like so many "progressive" Jews, has developed a misplaced pride in his progressive politics while discounting his Judaism. Rick Jacobs wants to pretend he can speak for Diaspora Jews, but he's too busy telling Jews in Israel how to live based on his politics.

Of course it's not just Rick Jacobs. But Jacobs has shown that he has no understanding of Israel's situation. Or maybe he thinks that he knows better how Israel's should live than they do. Either way, he should focus on advancing Judaism, not progressive politics.

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