So sayeth Larry

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love and generally agree with Larry Kaufman (North American Board of the Union for Reform Judaism, National Board of the Association of Reform Zionists of America, Executive Committee of the World Union for Progressive Judaism’s North American Council, other impressive things). 


Larry Kaufman

Larry Kaufman


Larry recently posted on the URJ’s iWorship listserve:

How can we pride ourselves on counting wormen for a minyan, if a minyan doesn’t count?

He was referring to a discussion about whether or not Reform Jews should care about making a minyan or whether we should plunge ahead with 1, 5, or 10 in the same way, as though there was a minyan.

Right on, Larry.

You can find more Larry Kaufman at and here.


5 responses to “So sayeth Larry

  1. As usual, Larry is right on target.

  2. Perhaps this is the beginning of “The Larry Kaufman Fan Club?!”

    Go Larry!

  3. Aw, shucks, folks, I just try to tell it as it is, or even better, as it ought to be.

    Anyway, I appreciate the kind words and the (reciprocated) expressed affection.


  4. I though Reform Judaism counts women in the minyan?

    Maybe if they had herring and shnapps in the morning more people would come

  5. Frum Hiker, we do count women. Larry was responding to the idea often propogated on the Reform movement that it doesn’t really matter how many people there are at services and that with only five or six, you might as well do everything anyway.

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