Rabbi Eric Yoffie is the head of the reform Judaism, the largest branch of Judaism in America. The Rabbi is also someone who gets regular visits from the Stupid Fairy. Last summer he woke up one day and thought that Chief Rabbi of Israel was an elected position open to non Israelis.Then he decided to reach out to the Muslim community for a “peace, love and granola” session. So he reached out to the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) an organization deep with terrorist contacts. Most recently he campaigned for Israel to divide Jerusalem, with out even mentioning that the Reform Movement does not have the connection to Jerusalem as the rest of Jewry.
Now Yoffie has decided to trash the evangelical movement in America urging Jews to have nothing to do with Pastor John Hagee, founder of Christians United for Israel. Hagee has said some real stupid things also especially about Catholicism, but that isn’t the reason for Yoffie’s outburst is not Hagee’s comments but because Hagee has endorsed John McCain for President. Yoffie’s goal is to make sure that Barack Obama gets elected:
Rabbi Yoffie Excommunicates Pastor Hagee By Richard Baehr
Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, seems to think Israel has too many allies in America. In particular, he believes that Israel can do without the support of evangelical Christians, and especially Pastor John Hagee, founder of Christians United for Israel.
At a convention of reform rabbis in Cincinnati this week, Yoffie lowered the boom on Hagee and urged Jews to no longer attend Hagee’s series of “Nights for Israel”, which have helped raise tens of millions of dollars for the Jewish state, and strengthened the connection between Jews and Evangelicals around the country.Yoffie must think that the pro-Israel community has a lot of other places to turn for support in America. Maybe he is foolish enough to think the mainline Protestant churches will take up the slack. The problem is that while Evangelicals come to Washington to lobby Congress on behalf of a strong US Israel relationship, the mainline churches are busy passing resolutions calling for boycotts and divestment from Israel .take our poll - story continues below
The sad history of the Israeli -Palestinian conflict is that it does not matter whether Israel is compromising or uncompromising; the Palestinian rejection is the same in either case. But Yoffie has now written out of the pro-Israel community anyone who is more skeptical than he of Palestinian intentions, or the wisdom of the current American “engagement” in the peace process.When one acts as if he thinks of himself as the King of the Jews, as Yoffie appears to do at times, such a stunningly ignorant and arrogant dismissal of the leader of a movement of tens of millions of pro-Israel evangelical Christians, is not hard to do. Hagee has shown the humility to understand his place in all this: he is a pro-Israel Christian American. He understands that Israelis will decide Israeli politics, not his movement, and not Reform Jews. He does not have to like the course Israelis may choose, and he can hope that Israeli politics shift in the direction he prefers in the future. But he is not the one who has written anyone in or out of the pro-Israel community. Rabbi Yoffie is the one who has done that.Fortunately, his movement, and Yoffie himself, count for less and less each year. Demographic trends favor Orthodox Jews and evangelical Christians, while Reform Jews do not produce children at anything close to replacement levels. There is much for Yoffie to envy.
And maybe this year, If Barack Obama is the nominee, the Democratic Party’s long stranglehold on Jewish voters will end.