Israel’s Orthodox establishment will not recognize Reform Judaism despite a set of principles U.S. Reform rabbis passed last week endorsing the movement’s adoption of some traditional practices. Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau said May 26 that there is “no basis for dialogue” between the Reform movement and the Chief Rabbinate, which has a monopoly over life-cycle events in the Jewish state, until Reform Jews adopt the Orthodox interpretation of Jewish law. At the same time, Lau said the move by the Reform movement “should be welcomed.”
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