After criticism, Shas minister clarifies: Even though Reform Jews are sinners, they are Jews

The head of the Reform Movement in the United States Rabbi Rick Jacobs has denounced comments made by Minister of Religious Services David Azoulai as “semi-coherent ramblings” and expressed concern about his ongoing tenure as a cabinet minister.

The Anti-Defamation League, an anti-Semitism and racism watchdog, also weighed in on the controversy and said his “hateful” remarks were increasing tensions between Israel and the Jewish Diaspora."

Speaking on Army Radio on Tuesday, Azoulai said “Any Jew who observes the Torah and commandments is for us a Jew…A Reform Jew, from the moment he does not follow Jewish law I cannot allow myself to say that he is a Jew.”

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/After-criticism-Shas-minister-clarifies-Even-though-Reform-Jews-are-sinners-they-are-Jews-408348

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