Talking 'Bout a Revolution
I just read a thoughtful piece about religious pluralism and civic equality in the Huffington Post by Joshua Stanton, a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College and co-Editor of the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue. Stanton speaks about the current situation regarding the Women of the Wall prayer group, the Israel Religious Action Center's campaign against segregated buses, and Rabbi Eric Yoffie's recent comments about Israel in the latest edition of Reform Judaism Magazine.
Stanton begins: "A religious revolution is in progress in Israel. It will either upend or extend the reach of the Ultraorthodox religious establishment, which presides over the institutions of marriage, divorce, and conversion in Israel, siphons off public funding for yeshivas, and worst of all has prevented the state from enacting a constitution that could provide significant protections for religious minorities."