מוצש״ק פר׳ כי תשא תשע"ה
Life In Israel, February 24, 2015Esser Agaroth (2¢):
The right in general, and specifically the religious parties, do not have a monopoly on Judaism. The Jewish culture belongs to all Israelis, with no difference as to their political worldview.
-- MK Ruth Calderon (Yesh Atid)
On one level, MK Ruth Calderon is right.
The so-called "right," and the religious parties do not have a monopoly on Judaism. But, that is only on the levels of minhaggim (customs). Halakhah (Torah Law) is simply not the rocket science many rabbis would like us to believe that it is.
However, the likes of MK Ruth Calderon certainly does not have any say at all, with regard to Judaism.
It cannot be as "creatively interpreted" as she would like. As I said, halakhah is simply not the rocket science many rabbis would like us to believe that it is. But, it is not the pseudo-pluralistic Play-Doh, MK Ruth Calderon would like us to believe that it is, either.
Judaism is certain not the chopped up, so-called "creative" version of MK Calderon. Apparently a Talmudic scholar, this is why she is a force to be reckoned with, not because she apparently knows something of the Talmud, but because she knows it well enough to distort it, if she so chooses to do so. Granted, the distortions, and various unnecessary Haredi humros only serve to attract the ignorant to her perspective. Nevertheless, in my opinion,* her path is not a Torah true path
This leads me to suspect that her various projects, including Elu"l Religious and Secular learning together are not for the sake of pluralism and unity, but rather for the sake of pluralism and unity under the banner of Ruth Calderon's version of Judaism. And does one even need to mention her "secular yeshivas?"
"Jewish Culture" is just another code word for "Judaism extends beyond the bounds of Torah."
It doesn't. Judaism IS Torah. All of it, not just what we like, not just what we pick and choose, and not just what is trendy or politically correct.
MK Dr. Ruth Calderon's path, in my opinion,* is nothing more than a smoke screen for the anti-Torah minions of the Left to pass through unabated, whether she knows it or not.
The anti-Torah, Erev Rav is in control of the country, and thus, for the time being anyway, the State.
This is why MK Ruth Calderon won't just go away.
She's definitely earned her an Esser Agaroth topic tag for this one!
*Watch me get into trouble for criticizing an MK. Even though I say "in my opinion." If you still insist that we have free speech in the State of Israel, you are grossly mistaken.