I kid you not:
Reform and Conservative synagogues reek of hell [Gehinom] and a Jew should not even come near their entrance, former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel Mordechai Eliyahu said last week.
"Once I was invited to be the sandak (godfather) at a brit in a three-story building," recounted Eliyahu in his weekly flyer called Kol Tzofayich, which discusses various halachic issues.
"On the first story was a Reform temple, on the second floor was a Conservative synagogue and on the third floor was an Orthodox synagogue where I was invited.
"I wondered how I would manage to pass by those two synagogues that reek of hell. I asked if there was a way of detouring those two entrances and I was told that there was a kitchen through which it was possible to reach the third floor. I announced that I would not go up any other way besides through the kitchen so as to avoid passing by those prohibited synagogues."
I don't have words for such hate. I have friends from across the religious spectrum. We disagree upon many issues (who is a Jew, who can be a rabbi, who makes the best kuggle) but we are civil. Rabbi Eliyahu needs to stop using such causeless and blameless hatred.
As a rabbi he should be teaching the masses about his message of Judaism. He should not be spreading sinat chinam. This is sickening. I showed this to a friend today and she said "really makes you want to go to Israel." Clearly she was being sarcastic. Why would anyone want to live in a place where your own brothers call you the spawn of hell?
I don't know where he gets the chuzpah to say such things. But the Conservative Movement is taking him to court...lets see if that helps.