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    • Laying Low Til This Issue Goes Away (if ever)
    • 12.07.10 | 22:16 (IDT)

    Allowing the Rabbinate to rule on matters of conversion would not be problematic if all members of the Rabbinate actually believed in conversion. I have followed this issue and have read quotes of a few orthodox rabbis who have stated that the validity of each conversion should be subject to de novo review at any time. This is another way of suggesting that a horrifying number of the most influential orthodox rabbis in Israel do not believe in conversion. The way I learned it, a true convert who lapses in his/her adherence to a Torah lifestyle is a Jew who has gone off the path. The notion that his/her conversion should be considered revocable or that his/her conversion must not have been sincere is ludicrous. The repurcussions to the community can be catastrophic (unless of course, all converts are turned away) -- which is one solution. This whole business is depressing (being an orthodox convert, in case you had not guessed). The rabbis who know me (mainstream OU synagogue, black-hat wearing (many of them) rabbis) are supportive and tell me that my "off the deep end" hysteria about this issue is "nuts," while giving apologist justifications for the Rabbinate's cruel treatment of converts. In my opinion, a member of the Rabbinate -- who knows nothing about me (for example), but who may some day hear some juicy bit of lashon hara about one or more of the Rabbis involved in my conversion over 15 years ago -- who could potentially wield his political power to retrospectively call into question the validity of my conversion has been given a license to commit an assault no less violent than rape. As a diaspora convert .... I think I will stay put until Moshiach comes and straightens this mess out -- because that is what it will take.

    from the article: Netanyahu: Vote on conversion reform won't be brought to Knesset plenum
    First published 11:43 12.07.10 | Last updated 11:43 12.07.10
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