No joke

The Chief Rabbi has been trying to dig himself out of this hole. Here’s how the Times of Israel front page covers it:


You can read the (thankfully) short piece, here.

But you would probably be better off ignoring that, and instead read this touching and important perspective from Malynnda Littky, also in the Times of Israel. As she says:

Is the plight of the 130,000 Ethiopian-Israelis, or the 60,000 refugees, or the thousands of Black Jews from around the world who have made their home in Israel worth having this conversation? I believe so, if Israel is going to truly embrace the concept of tikkun olam. Hurting one person unnecessarily, even unintentionally, is a breach of the derech eretz which was one of the reasons I fell in love with Judaism in the first place. That the Chief Rabbi has decided that my feelings not worth caring about is depressing but, unfortunately, not surprising.

The Chief Rabbi should get off his high horse, get round to Malynnda’s house pretty damn quick, and give a grovelling and full apology. (He won’t, but he should.) In the run up to the High Holy Days, the Chief Rabbi has the perfect opportunity to do the right thing (this time) and lead by example. On the other hand, he could continue to demonstrate why the words Rabbinic leadership do not evoke warm, positive, emotions.