Rabbi calls to recognize non-Orthodox denominations
Leading national-religious personality Rabbi Yuval Cherlow has called for state
recognition of non-Orthodox Jewish denominations as a means of preventing their
alienation from the Jewish state.
Cherlow added, however, that this
recognition should be political in nature and not on the basis of Jewish
Cherlow, the dean of the Hesder Yeshiva of Petah Tikva, made his
comments in a letter addressed to his students following his return from a visit
to the US last week in which he spelled out his concern for the ongoing
assimilation of Jews outside Israel and what he described as a decreasing sense
of Jewish identity in the Diaspora.