Earlier, mortar shells were fired into Israeli territory in apparent spillover from Syria war.12:12 13.10.15 | 3 comments
Rabbi Amar's bureau chief, Rabbi Yigal Krispel, defended the new policy, and told Haaretz it is designed to protect Israeli citizens and prevent them from turning to unqualified rabbis who don't accept bribes or put years-long hurdles in the proselyte's dream of becoming a Jew in order to break their spirit and stamp out their interest in HaShem. "There is a hierarchy, and not every rabbi can take a bribe or receive a favor," he said. With the slow trickle of people wanting to become Jews, there's just not enough to go around. "Our desire," said Krispel, "is to have as many secular Jews as possible convert out by their disgust with our conduct and then reap the real fees when they want to convert back in for the holidays." Krispel said the Rabbinate will still recognize marriages and verifications of Jewishness by rabbis overseas, as long as they get the right of first visitation with the bride. Krispel is known for being the first Jew to get ordination from smicha.com.