Picking and Choosing

Dr. Irving Lebovics’s article (July 12) is an eye-opening call for action. He quoted the Reform movement’s 2015 resolution, which had some pretty pathetic statements. One line in particular caught my eye: “Observing long-standing tradition, Jews do not pray on the Temple Mount in our day.”

How pathetically hypocritical to cite “long-standing tradition” as a basis for their refraining from ascending Har Habayis, while defying, defaming and defiling the “long-standing tradition” of separate sections for men and women. Does the “status quo” that has been around for thousands of years not hold enough water to be deemed a “long-standing tradition”? They “respectfully understand” the Muslims’ claim to Har Habayis and, should they dare “break” from the “tradition” of not praying on the Temple Mount, would surely not disturb the sacred customs of the Arabs in their shrine. And yet, when it comes to the age-old rites and rituals of their own religion, they don’t seem to think twice!

Unfortunately, it is not just the Reform and Conservative movements that pick and choose “traditions.” The Israeli secular left has jumped on the bandwagon as well. Just this past Chanukah, Health Minister Rabbi Yaakov Litzman called for schools to be more health conscious by not distributing (ever fattening and unhealthy) jelly donuts. He was ridiculed by politicians and pundits for audaciously tampering with “tradition.” Where are those voices now? Why aren’t they crying out against the threat of the most sacred place in the world? Do they perceive jelly donuts as more vital and significant than the Kosel?

Rebbetzin Heller’s heartfelt plea to look into their roots and to value what is age-old and far more authentic than their pitifully diluted dichotomy is so penetratingly awakening.

If only they would read Hamodia.

Dov Fuchs, Israel