On The "Level-Eyed Bigotry" of Israel's Rabbis
Silver Lining Dept: The one good to come of the racist edict by Israeli rabbis
to deny housing to Arabs has been the outcry against it. Knesset
Speaker Reuven Rivlin slammed the letter as "a sin
against Israeli society" and charged the rabbis are "digging the pit we'll all fall into."
More than 750 rabbis signed a petition by the New Israel Fund's "Rabbis Against Religious Discrimination," calling the housing ruling "a
painful distortion of our tradition" and "a desecration of God's name."
Intriguingly, they also noted that Jewish communities outside of Israel
"struggle to maintain a strong, loving
relationship" with Israel but warn that "for a growing number of Jews in
America, this relationship to Israel
cannot be assumed."
Over 10,000 Israelis gathered on International Human Rights Day to
protest Israel's increasingly racist policies. And Ha'aretz' Bradley Burston wrote that the letter "puts an
end to the notion of rabbinic authority."
"They have done the Jewish
People an invaluable service. They have freed us. Freed us to be Jews.
Not on their terms. On ours. In their level-eyed bigotry, their ironclad
insensitivity, their untouchable, corrupting, bureaucracy-based
immunity, they have taught us finally to pay no attention to that man
behind the curtain of Oral Law."