Rabbinical courts to stop automatically placing financial burden on divorced fathers.02:39 02.12.15 | 0 comments
Don't get sanctimonious. You're not the only learned person here. The point of the article (had you read through it for content instead of for a reason to flame) is about the arbitrary way in which individual rabbis and batei din decide what conversions work. It's become an ego trip, not a scholarly debate, to determine the correct pedigree of rabbi for a conversion to stick. There's no halachic precedence for conversion in the Tanakh. There are arguments in the Gmara on the subject, but (of course) no conclusions. The point (well made, I think) is that religious conversion should be clear, straightforward, and as much without internecine politics as possible. And yes, there are rabbis who will disagree with a conversion from reform to orthodox. But there should be a standard bar for orthodox, one that can be used at least to agree on pedigree. Because without that, who is a jew? Only Gerre hassidim? Only purebloods? And what is a pureblood, oh pale-faced, European-looking man?