Jewish unity is precious and many don’t appreciate it enough. The OU has always made tangible contributions to Jewish unity. Both the community and individual reap benefits from unity. Jewish unity is anchored by central tenets of Judaism that connect us all regardless of any other aspects of our lives. If those tenets were to be ripped out of the community, achieving Jewish unity would be reduced to a masquerade akin to Libyan warlords after Gaddafi’s death, who cooperated with the government to strengthen their own position while gaining legitimacy.
Recently there was an assault on Jewish unity by a congregation which, in the past, has makes it hard to achieve consensus. They celebrated something which the Torah refers to as repugnant.
This synagogue is a member of your organization and there’s yet to be an official response. If a popular and progressive spiritual leader, would celebrate a Palestinian terrorist who murdered in his alleged people’s “struggle” for self-determination and recognition how long would the OU deliberate condemning him?
To chose to not respond to this offense or to offer a muted response would leave an ugly dent in Jewish unity. The repercussions of such inaction would reverberate through the community until Mashiach arrives.
To paraphrase Martin Niemoller:
When they came for the rabbinate I was silent because a marhrat is not a rabbi.
When they came for the rabbis of the Talmud I was silent because it was a point many did not understand.
When they came for marriage I was silent because celebrating gay marriage is not strictly forbidden.
When they came for Shabbos I could not speak because I was not a voice for Yiddishkeit.