Shlomo Amar, Israel's joint Chief Rabbi,
is on the warpath. He is mobilising rabbis in what he has called a
"battle for the soul of the Jewish people", warning of a threat posed by
the "uprooters and destroyers of Judaism" and "haters of the Lord".
His language might recall the prophets of
old fulminating against the idolatrous priests of Baal. But Rabbi
Amar's target is other rabbis, or rather rabbis whom he does not regard
as rabbis. This summer, after a long legal struggle, Israel's Government
agreed to pay the salaries of a number of non-Orthodox clergy, just as
it has long done for thousands of Orthodox rabbis.
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