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Limmud not diminished by rabbinate’s decision to boycott

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Our rabbinate has recently been harshly criticised, both on the pages of this newspaper and in the privacy of many homes. Its stance on Limmud seems to have attracted universal disapproval.
by Dean Lutrin, Johannesburg | Jul 18, 2019

We have a rabbinate and Beth Din staffed by devoted and committed leaders, many of whom have comforted us in times of need, celebrated with us in times of joy, and made the South African Jewish community their life’s work. Their approach to Limmud comes as part of that package.

I, for one, support our Beth Din and rabbis. I choose not to attend Limmud because it does not sit well with my religious world view, yet I am happy that it exists. Limmud is not diminished in any way by the decision of our rabbinate not to attend, and the value and legitimacy of Limmud as a project should not be affected by them.

Limmud should simply shrug it off, and say, “Their loss!”. 

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