Israeli Reform Women Rabbis Respond to Letter to Keep Jewish Women Away From Arab Men

Friday, January 7, 2011

Israeli Reform women rabbis respond to letter by wives of rabbis calling to keep Jewish women away from Arab men. The Israeli Reform women rabbis say that they are against intermarriage, but this is to be accomplished by education strengthening Jewish identity, not through incitement.  Furthermore, they argue that interaction between various groups within Israeli society, through both social and professional relations, is essential for a strong and healthy democracy. 

Click here to read the response letter by the Israeli Reform women rabbis (in Hebrew). 

Click here to read an op-ed on the topic by Rabbi Dr. Dalia Marx, Assistant Professor of Liturgy and Midrash at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem (in Hebrew).


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