From a religious perspective, it's illogical for an intermarried Jew to protest that he or she can't hold this or that position at a synagogue or seminary or even a religious Jewish summer camp. Two basic principles of religious life are 1) that there are rules and 2) that they must be followed. These principles also apply in just about every organized area of secular life: If you don't like one of the rules, you're allowed to petition to have it changed, but you're not allowed to break it individually without penalty. A National League baseball team can't use a designated hitter, for example. So to condemn Jewish organizations for not allowing people to violate a law they don't like is to hold them to a standard we don't apply to any other institution.
Illustration by Robert Neubecker.
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