Rabbi Epstein

Fruits Of Their Labor

10/17/2003
Staff Writer
On Sunday the rabbis kept the prime minister waiting. In 1997, during the height of the debate in Israel over the "Who is a Jew?" issue (which religious standards would determine converts' status as Jews) Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch led a delegation of American Reform rabbis to Jerusalem "literally overnight." The rabbis' plane landed five hours late. Whisked from the airport to the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu late at night, they found the Israeli leader still working. "He waited for us five hours," Rabbi Hirsch said.
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