The Opening Battle
I am not sure if history will see this as the opening battle, but the struggle for what may be the future of Religious Zionism seems to be under way. A number of weeks ago Rabbi Neriah Gutal wrote a review of Rabbi Israel Rosen’s book, Ve-Ohev ha-Ger in Musaf Shabbat. A number of responses were written to the review, all of them critical of Rabbi Rosen. Rabbi Rosen’s response was also published, but this was far from the end.
I think that it is relatively clear that this is about more than the conversion issue. As Rabbi Rosen made clear in his Shabbat be-Shabbato diatribe, it is about the nature of Judaism and Religion Zionism in 21st century Israel. If you live in Israel and agree with the vibrant intellectual forum that is found in Musaf Shabbat, think of subscribing. If you don’t live in Israel, spread the word about its existence among interested parties and inform them about its web site.