The Forward reports that David Yosef, son of former Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef who died in 2013, compared Reform Jews to ‘the wicked son’ found in the Passover Haggadah’s story of four sons.
David Yosef is a member of the rabbinical council of the Israeli ultra-Orthodox political party Shas .
In a Sunday night lecture, Yosef condemned Reform Judaism, the largest Jewish denomination in the U.S. “They say they believe in God,” Yosef said, according to Arutz Sheva. “At least they say so; but I don’t know how it’s possible to believe in the Torah and to eat leavened bread [during Passover].”
Yosef compared Reform Jews to the “wicked son” described in the Haggadah. “What is bothering the wicked son?” Yosef asked, according to Arutz Sheva’s translation. “The wicked son comes as says ‘What does this service mean to you?’ – in other words [the wicked son is asking], what are these commandments? In effect he [the wicked son] says you should be a Reform Jew; Judaism is a bunch of nice practices, tradition, and all kinds of pretty words [says the wicked son].”
The original report in Arutz Sheva also notes:
Rabbi Yosef’s comments Sunday were not the first time he has taken aim at the Reform Movement.
In 2016, Rabbi Yosef claimed members of the Reform Movement were “literally idolators”.