February 14, 2008
Chai Center rabbi explains ‘off the handle’ e-mails
(Page 4 - Previous Page)"I've read these letters, but I know him and I know he isn't sexist, and I know he isn't racist," Wexler said. "I've seen him work with people, and I know that he is a sweet and wonderful man. What ticked this off is his fervent belief in his life's work."
As for Katz, she hopes to get past the emotional upheaval created by the exchange. She said this week that while she is still distraught, she has met with another Orthodox rabbi and is considering an Orthodox conversion.
"It's not that I feel forced. It's that I want to further my knowledge and my background," she said.
The Orthodox rabbi she met with was warm and welcoming, urging her to study and embrace her religion. He spent a lot of time with her, and expressed sadness and dismay at the reception she had received from his colleague.
"That meant the world to me," Katz said. "This Orthodox rabbi really helped to heal me. He helped me undo some of that anguish."