A Guest Post by Philo
This guy (the chief rabbi of Kiryat Arba) is an ignorant bigot. I’m resisting the temptation to use stronger terms.
During a recent women’s health conference, while deploring the practice of using non-Jewish sperm for infertile couples, he said:
"Sefer HaChinuch states that the character traits of the father pass on to the son. If the father in not Jewish, what character traits could he have? Traits of cruelty, of barbarism! These are not traits that characterize the people of Israel."
Right. All non-Jews are cruel barbarians. And all Jews are “merciful, shy and charitable”.
But I’m sure Rabbi Lior has at least formed this opinion based on years of personal observation:
"I even read in books that sometimes the crime, the difficult traits, the bitterness – a child that comes from these traits, it's no surprise that he won't have the qualities that characterize the people of Israel."
What else? Let’s see. Children of single mothers by choice become criminals. And it’s the fault of western influence that women are getting married late. They should be concentrating on their real role, that of child rearing.
According to Wikipedia:
“Lior is considered by many to be a leading scholar of the Religious Zionist camp”
Looks like Religious Zionism is in good (sexist and racist) hands.
Search for more information about Rabbi Dov Lior at 4torah.com.