Rabbis' demonstrations undermine the cause of legal reform

As a longstanding critic of Israel’s legal system, I share many of the concerns voiced at last week’s demonstrations in support of Rabbis Dov Lior and Ya'acov Yosef. So why don’t I support the demonstrations?

July 11, 2011 18:02
Rabbis Yaakov Yosef and Dov Lior at rally

Rabbis Yaakov Yosef and Dov Lior at rally 311. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)

At a demonstration last week to protest the police’s detention of two rabbis for questioning over their endorsement of the controversial halachic tract Torat Hamelech, one theme kept recurring: The legal system is biased against religious and right-of-center Jews. Therefore, the rabbis were justified in ignoring a police summons to show up for questioning, and police were wrong to respond by arresting them.

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