Rabbis sign petition against religious discrimination

December 14, 2010 12:41

Hundreds of rabbis from around the world signed a petition eariler this week, criticizing the recent halakic ruling from community rabbis in Israel that forbids leasing property to non-Jews. 

The Rabbis against Religious Discrimination petition has over 750 signatories, stating that the ruling "has caused great shock and pain in our communities.  The attempt to root discriminatory policies based on religion or ethnicity in Torah is a painful distortion of our tradition."Am Yisrael knows the sting of discrimination, and we still bear the scars of hatred. When those who represent the official rabbinic leadership of the State of Israel express such positions, we are distressed by this Chillul HaShem, desecration of God’s name," the petition stated.

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