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    • Rabbi
    • 12.11.11 | 22:34 (IST)

    I knew a woman who was trying to convert. She had already converted with Rabbi Karelitz in Bnei Brak. She came to me asking me to join her in her visit to the J'lem rabbinate, so that she could be recognized by the state as a Jewess and make aliyah. She claimed the rabbinate was driving her crazy. I gladly went to help her. When I came, the rabbi asked her who jesus was. She answered that he was a teacher. The rabbi who was questioning her was flabbergasted. He then asked her why she wanted to convert. Her answer was that she found religious Jews to have the values most consistent with her views. She said that she had tried islam and christianity but that she didn't like the communities she encountered. At the end she admitted that she was still a fan of jesus and was converting to try to get Jews to convert to christianity... To me this story shows that the rabbinate, whom I first judged as being too harsh, was actually right on target.

    from the article: Without the rabbinate, I'll convert to Judaism
    First published 10:34 11.11.11 | Last updated 10:34 11.11.11
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