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    • Eli
    • 13.07.10 | 02:35 (IDT)

    This bill has real consequences for me. I'm an American Jew who adopted a non-Jewish child. I made sure to give him an orthdox brit milah and an orthodox mikvah ceremony, knowing that only orthodox is recognized in Israel. But now, seeral conversions have been reversed by Haredi israeli rabbis, either because the rabbis performing them were deemed "not orthodox enough" or because the converted people, post-conversion, were not living an "orthodox enough" life. I'm a life-long fervent Zionist, but if my son were not recognized as Jewish in Israel, I could have no further connection with Israel. I'm sure there are hundreds of thousands of jews in the Diaspora with situations similar to mine. If Israel is looking for a way to drive a permanent wedge between herself and the Diaspora, she's certainly found the right method.

    from the article: Conversions bill sets Netanyahu on collision course with U.S. Jews
    First published 02:38 12.07.10 | Last updated 02:38 12.07.10
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