Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Rabbi Natan Lopes Cardozo: "I am taking off my Kippah"


The famous English speaking lecturer Rabbi Natan Lopes Cardozo on "Taking off his Kippah":

I have to admit that I didn't really get whether he really wants to take off his Kippah or if his essay is a thought. On the other hand, I can imagine that wearing a Kippah binds a Jewish man to Mitzvot. And even I know from personal experience that many Jews, including myself, are more afraid of not keeping Halachot than actually loving G - d. There are many situations in my life where I am just seeing myself terribly punished for not doing this Mitzvah and that Mitzvah. Sometimes I am able to convince myself of still doing the Mitzvah because of the punishment but not necessarily because of G - d. In fact, it should be the other way around and the love of G - d should be the main focus. 

But men wearing a Kippah or a Jewish woman wearing modest clothes reminds them of who they are and to stick to the Mitzvot. There are quite a few changes in my personal behaviour, meaning there is a difference between me wearing pants or a skirt. I do accept the point that some religious Jews, although frum, don't feel comfortable when being reminded all the time. This may cause them keeping Mitzvot out of fear and not out of love. By the way, the latter stands for a much higher level.


  1. B'H

    Another Matisyahu?

  2. B"H

    I don't understand what Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo really wants. He is quiete famous among the English speaking community of Jerusalem. The more national religious public and not necessarily among haredim.

    I am not even sure about his background: Some say he is a born Jew of rabbinic decendants and others claim that he used to be a Catholic working as a bishop in the Vatican. Before he converted to Judaism.

    By making such a statement as now, he will be hurting his own "Cardozo Center" in Jerusalem.

    I would see Rabbi Cardozo rather as a kind of Shmuel Boteach: At least regarding to the money they both take from Christians !