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Rabbinical association’s intolerance a disgrace

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Ruth Freedman, Johannesburg

I have been going to Limmud since its inception. The diversity of its lectures and the variety of its presenters make it difficult to choose from this spectacular event.

It is the highlight of the calendar year, and it brings the Jewish community together regardless of their beliefs.

Anne Harris, the wife of the late Rabbi Cyril Harris, has attended and presented at Limmud. Overseas rabbis attend and present at Limmud worldwide.

Non-Jewish teachers are employed at Jewish schools. Do they believe in the halacha and Torah law?

I can imagine how uncomfortable a non-Jewish person must feel after reading that article. It’s an absolute disgrace, and creates divisiveness.

The association’s intolerance for others breeds anti-Semitism.

The least it could do is apologise to Limmud, and not discourage congregants from attending.

Its members are the poorer for not engaging in this enriching experience. 

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