UltraOrthodox Israeli minister slams Reform Judaism members

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s minister for religious affairs criticized Reform Judaism on Tuesday, saying he doesn’t consider members of the denomination to be Jews.David Azoulay of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party told Israel’s Army Radio Tuesday that these are “Jews who lost their way” and he hoped they would “return to the midst of Judaism according to Jewish law.”Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later issued a statement saying he rejects the minister’s “hurtful remarks about reform Judaism which do not reflect the position of the government.” Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Top Stories Sponsored Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Comments   Share   The comments by the religious affairs minister followed an Israeli Cabinet decision to reverse an initiative aimed at easing the conversion process to Judaism. It marked a blow to the previous government’s attempts to break the ultra-Orthodox monopoly in Israel and make Judaism more inclusive.The more liberal Reform and Conservative streams of Judaism make up the largest denominations in the United States but they are mostly marginal in Israel, where religious life is dominated by a strict ultra-Orthodox establishment.“I have spoken with minister Azoulay to remind him that Israel is a home for all Jews and that as minister of religious affairs, he serves all of Israel’s citizens,” Netanyahu said in the statement.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more