June 26, 2012
When Rabbi Yoffie talks about ‘disconnect’
Rabbi Eric Yoffie writes:
He also writes that:
I respect Rabbi Yoffie too much to assume that he has no proof with which to back up these claims – but one should still ask the question: Where’s the proof? Where’s the proof of “disconnect” - and where is the proof informing us that “disconnect” is due to “expansion of settlements”?
Not long ago, a detailed study of New York Jews was published from which one could draw one of two possible conclusions:
1. There is no disconnecting.
However the search for the reasons and the signs of “disconnect” never seems to get tired – from which one can also draw two possible conclusions:
1. Old habits die hard.
Conclusion number 1 is really a certainty. Conclusion number 2 is something one has to seriously ponder before one rejects it. In the paper on the “era of distancing discourse” that I published not long ago I refer to such possibility:
Does Yoffie see something no study thus far has been able to validate? Or is he guilty of using unsubstantiated assertions (of distancing) to make a point (that settlement policy should be changed)? As I said, he is a serious man. That’s why I wouldn’t hasten to discount his claims.