Navonim - The Ramblings of Garnel Ironheart

Navonim - The Ramblings of Garnel Ironheart

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Sometimes Extremists Are Just People With Beliefs

Eric Yoffie's been at it again. Apparently it's not enough to be a pro-Israeli Christian. Yes, believing in Israel's right to all the land that it was legally promised decades ago and opposing the creating of a Islamofascist terror state is apparently not enlightened, not progressive, and not Reform.

John Hagee and the Chrisians United For Israel are one of the strongest non-Jewish pro-Israel groups in the United States. Certainly one cannot embrace them wholeheartedly. After all, their desire for Jewish control of Israel is so that their End-o-days scenario can play out, one in which we don't fare favourably. But when you're hard up for allies you make do with what you can.

Unfortunately, Hagee holds some beliefs that Yoffie finds offensive:

Eric Yoffie, president of the liberal Union for Reform Judaism, said Hagee and his group, Christians United For Israel, reject any Israeli land concessions to achieve peace with the Palestinians.

As a result, Yoffie feels Reform synagogues should not cooperate with this group. After all, their belief in a strong, safe Israel runs against established Reform policy:

Reform Judaism supports creating a Palestinian state;

Yes, what goes around, comes around. In 1947 the Reforms lobbied against the creation of the State of Israel. In 2007 they're lobbying for the creation of a state who's reason for existing is to cause harm to our State. And they call the Orthodox stubborn and unwilling to change?

In the end, I don't think Yoffie's boycott will matter much. After all, considering Hagee's followers all hold strong religious beliefs in one God (although they accept substitutes) and don't change them when it is politically correct to. They probably put their beliefs and sense of community over their personal feelings in many areas and allow their religion to give them a sense of direction and moral compass.

In other words, they have nothing in common with Reform.

1 comment:

Avraham said...

I am thinking the problem with reform is they don’t read the Talmud. I am not really sure from where their theology comes from but it seems to me that to be Jewish at all one needs some idea of what is going on in the Talmud. Lacking that it does not really matter if one reads chasidut or Mendelssohn or what ever.
One they other hand I would not consider myself to be frum in any shape or form because I see a lot of value and very important teachings in Jesus and in the writings of Plato. It seems to be to agree that anyone has anything to say in religious matters except Jewish authorities makes one unacceptable. That is me. However when it comes down to the very basic essence of Judaism the Talmud is the book for me.