Rabbi Chaim Druckman

Israel Prize-Winner Disparages Liberal Rabbis

In wake of Israel’s recognition of Reform and Conservative rabbis, Rabbi Chaim Druckman gives them the back of his hand. Exclusive Jewish Week interview.

06/12/2012
Staff Writer

Rabbi Chaim Druckman, this year’s winner of the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement, the country’s highest honor, raised some eyebrows this week with his dismissal of the Israeli government’s decision last week to, for the first time, recognize Conservative and Reform rabbis.

The move, by Israel’s attorney general, not only recognizes them as rabbis but also pays 16 of them who work in rural settings.

Rabbi Chaim Druckman says non-Orthodox clergy “are not rabbis ... and the state realizes they are not rabbis.”

Israel Prize-Winner Disparages Liberal Rabbis

In wake of Israel’s recognition of Reform and Conservative rabbis, Rabbi Chaim Druckman gives them the back of his hand. Exclusive Jewish Week interview.

06/05/2012
Staff Writer

Rabbi Chaim Druckman, this year’s winner of the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement, the country’s highest honor, raised some eyebrows this week with his dismissal of the Israeli government’s decision last week to, for the first time, recognize Conservative and Reform rabbis.

The move, by Israel’s attorney general, not only recognizes them as rabbis but also pays 16 of them who work in rural settings.

Rabbi Chaim Druckman: Says Reform and Conservative rabbis "are not rabbis."
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