He promises to say Kaddish with a heavy heart for the movements.
But wait, don't you say Kaddish only for immediate relatives? Didn't he say Reform grew in numbers only because they count "goyim"?
Isn't it downright antisemitic to hope for the death of any form of Judaism?
We are so confused by the good rabbi's dire prophecies.
Other people have their own questions about the remarks. Here are links to a sample of blogger responses and their respective discussions of Lamm's utterly exasperating interview.
Emes Ve-Emunah: Rabbi Dr. Lamm's Predictions
by Harry Maryles
Of great significance to me is Dr. Norman Lamm's conceptualization and models of Torah U'Mada
R. Norman Lamm Unplugged - ...more
by Gil Marks
R. Norman Lamm gave a surprisingly candid and wide-ranging interview to the Jerusalem Post.
jewschool: Orthodox, FTW?!
Is this the twilight zone? What parallel universe has Yeshiva University Chancellor Rabbi Norman Lamm been living in?
According to Lamm, Reform Judaism has never played a role in American Jewry, and Conservative barely has. And the increased membership in Reform congregations is only because when you “add goyim to Jews then you will do OK.”
He claims that only Modern Orthodox and Hareidim will play a role in the future of American Judaism. “The future of American Jewry is in the hands of haredim and the modern Orthodox. We have to find ways of working together.” He is wrong. No, the answer is not doing kiruv to Reform and Conservative Jews (and, no, those denominations are not about offering a “watered down” version of Judaism).
His opinions are arrogant, insulting, and completely out of touch with reality. That someone with his (potential) influence, overseeing a large institution of students, teachers, and future leaders, can spread such a twisted version of history is amazing. Had he said, “denominational Judaism was disappearing,” sure, I wouldn’t disagree. But the blurring of denominational affiliation, the rise in independent and unaffiliated communities, does not mean “Orthodox wins!”
(It also seems like Lamm was just looking forward to having a soapbox, as he took the opportunity to talk about the Pope, interfaith relations, and homosexuality as well.
FailedMessiah.com: YU Chancellor: Reform and Conservative Judaism Dead
by Shmarya Rosenberg
For the sake of argument, let's say Rabbi Lamm is correct.
So-called Centrist Modern Orthodoxy has moved so far rightward, it is almost theologically indistinguishable from haredism, apart from its stands on Zionism and secular education.
And Centrist leaders like Rabbi Herschel Schachter continue to move it further right.
What this means is that twenty years from now, a blend of haredism and Centrist Modern Orthodoxy will dominate communal life.