How the Reform movement really got started
Here's a snip from a conversation I had the other day with a friend of mine who is a Ba'al teshuva with a pretty machmir Rav- we had been talking about vegetables ...
I'm recalling the conversation from memory so the dialog may be a bit off:
N: Oh asparagus - I really miss that.
Shifra: Why don't you eat asparagus?
N: I wouldn't even know how to clean it, our Rav says it's best to avoid it - and lettuce, and broccoli etc.. Frankly it's all getting to be a bit too much for me and my wife.
Shifra: Well if asparagus is what's holding you back from enjoying your yiddishkiet why not just eat it. There are plenty of Rabbanim who allow it. Why should you have to suffer so much to be frum. I say be frum, be happy, eat the asparagus.
N: Isn't that how the reform movement started?
Shifra:*eyes widen* .......
Actually now that I think about it this might have been better in cartoon form but now you know the truth - asparagus always did look a little suspicious to me, now I know why.