Following up on yesterday's post, here's another enlightening interview giving an insight into Rabbi Dov Lipman, his background, and what's motivating him. Again, I have issues with some of his statements here regarding having non-orthodox marriage in Israel in the form of "civil unions"and marriages under orthodox auspices considered "marriage" and regarding the Kotel. I can't get comfortable with that or see how those are truly within halacha. I appreciate the fact that he's trying to find a way to find compromise/consensus on more than just the big issues I'm concerned about like army/sherut l'umi/work/secular education, about which he's talking about going back to being more true to Chazal/ratzon Hashem and has the quiet support of some rabbonim. He's also trying to find agreement on marriage issues where I don't see how you can truly justify the compromises he's suggesting. I get what he's trying to do but addressing all of the major problems and that's admirable but I don't see how he can go so far. If you listen to the interview, he has bases and justifications but I still don't hear it.
[Update 8/1/13]: You can click here to see my follow up comments on this interview and the one linked to above.
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