Rabbi Yaakov Ariel, the Chief Rabbi of the city of Ramat Gan, has distanced himself from comments made by Minister Naftali Bennett, chairman of the Bayit Yehudi party, who met at the Knesset with representatives of the Conservative Movement and called for dialogue with the Conservatives.
Speaking to the Besheva magazine, Rabbi Ariel said, "Conservatives are Jews and we need to make efforts to bring every Jew closer. But as a movement, this movement is unacceptable because it does not recognize the Torah of Israel and goes by another Torah, the interpretation of which does not correspond to the rabbinic tradition."
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