Meir in Espagna and Conversion #61 - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Yaakov Sullivan
    • 23.05.06 | 18:56 (IDT)

    The whole issue of conversion is a complex one.There are two opposite poles in Israel regarding this question.The nationalist rabbis who are eagre to perform conversions or declare obscure tribal groups part of the lost tribes, or non-Jewish spouses of Jews from former USSR. This is done to offset the demographic imbalance with the Aab population.The other pole are these rabis who made this ruling on Orthodox conversions performed in the diaspora. They can be viewed as oppossed to conversion in general except in rare cases. Their standard is so high that it makes it almost impossible to convert and even in these rare cases they will make it as difficult as possible for the potential convert. It's getting to the point like with hashchacha over kosher meat. The various orthodox groups will accept converts only performed under their rabbis.These cave Jews proclaim that reform jews are a kind of sect while it is these groups that are becoming sects removed from the bulk of the JewishPeople

    from the article: Rabbinate no longer recognizes overseas conversions
    First published 00:00 23.05.06 | Last updated 00:00 23.05.06
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