By Jonathan Greenberg, Originally posted in the Jerusalem Post
The leader of the Reform movement of Judaism just opened the door to a machloket l’shem shamayim – an argument for the sake of heaven – that, in spite of an uncertain and potentially dangerous outcome, liberal Judaism desperately needs to address.
Since 1885, whenever the Reform movement has wanted to move in a particular direction, it has hammered out and published a declaration of principles. These statements are available at the website of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the rabbinic body of the Reform movement. The most-recent statement begins, “Each of the previous formulations of Reform principles was occasioned by a perceived crisis in American Judaism.”
Anyone paying attention today surely understands that we are at a crossroads in the relationship between American Jews and the Jewish State. Former Bush Administration official Elliott Abrams has just written an extraordinary essay on the issue to which the indispensable Martin Kramer added some valuable color commentary.