By Ari Bussel
If I were to dismiss a truth only because a Reform Rabbi told it, many in the Reform community would be up and arms against what I said. In fact, my own mind, conscience and very being will object to my doing so. I thus try to address the substance, not the speaker.
Rabbi Laura Geller (a woman, thus necessarily part of Reform Judaism) tells us about a congregant who forwarded an email. She does not dismiss the member of her congregation, whom she describes as “a thoughtful person, engaged and passionate about Israel, a person [she] admire[s].”