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The Reform Movement’s Shallow, Dangerous Mix of Religion and Politics

By Jonathan Greenberg, Continue reading in Jewish Journal

This week, I made the mistake of reading a tweet from the RAC. Honestly, I don’t know why I continue to follow the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. I disagree with their politics, their theological and philosophical approach to Judaism, and especially their combination of the two.

The tweet in question led me to a blog post by a young RAC staffer calling on the US Senate to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons. As with most publications from the RAC, this one contained an appeal to Jewish tradition as a justification for a contemporary political opinion:

“As Reform Jews,” the blogger writes, “we are committed to upholding the commandment, ‘You shall not insult the deaf, or place a stumbling block before the blind’ (Leviticus 19:14).”

It is true that Jewish law and observance is broadly applicable to every aspect of human life and, as such, Judaism can claim something to say about pretty much any issue. But…come on.

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