That’s the simple lesson from the Rabbi Manis Friedman affair, which, if you haven’t looked into it, you’re probably better off. What on earth was he thinking? It will blow over quickly, but what a bad day for Chabad. And what a strange day when I find myself agreeing with the Anti-Defamation League’s Abe Foxman. What was Moment magazine, a very mainstream publication, thinking in publishing Rabbi Friedman? Yet the funny thing is that I know from his admirers, among whom my wife counts herself, that he’s a riveting and illuminating speaker.

This is why I often feel like Don Quixote trying to remind Jews of our mission as a Kingdom of Priests. Sigh.
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