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The conversion crisis that has set the Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox camps at odds spilled over into a fistfight this week at Mossad Harav Kook in Jerusalem, an institution identified with Orthodox Zionism.

The brawl broke out during a conference speech by a Rabbinic High Court judge, Rabbi Avraham Sherman, who had been invited to speak about his controversial ruling that conversions performed by Rabbi Haim Druckman's special conversion court are null and void.

Druckman supporters waved placards and heckled Sherman, prompting an uproar that escalated to violence.