They're Simply Talking at Cross Purposes - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Yaakov Sullivan
    • 20.07.10 | 17:44 (IDT)

    Therre are three major players here. Two are talking to each other and those two are neglecting to talk to or recognise the thrid partner. You have the Orthodox though they are not a monolithic group in this picture. They are divided into the Haredim and the religious nationalists, the group to which David Rotem, the initiator of this bill, belongs. Netierh group recognises conversions by the Reform or Conservative. They claim their conversions are not valid because they do not completely follow the demands of Jewish law and if the structures of Jewish law are not followed then the conversin is invalid. The Haredim are very stringent if not heartless in their conversion courts and their level of damanded observance from the convert is very rigorous. The nationalis religious are less stringent. They want to give Isael more Jews and want to give these half million Russians living in Israel a legal halachic classification as Jews. They want this to increase the Jewish demographic vis a vis the Arabs and allow them an out to marry and be considred Jews. They see this as an internal matter. The compromise is that the conversion courts can be stacked with religious nationalist rabbis who are recognised by the Haredim but are not as stringent in their conversion demands. The Haredinm so, well, ok, we'll agree to solve the problem of all these quaisi Jewish Russiand, BUT NO REFORM OR CONSERVATIVE CONVERSIONS PERFORMED OUTSIDEE ISRAEL TO BE RECOGNISED!! and so, to get more Jews for nationalist reason and solve the Russian dilemma, the religous nationalst have agreed, so the reform and conservative converts suddenly get stripped of their legitimacy but the settlements get more potential clients, who now are true blue Jews!! See??

    from the article: U.S. Jewish leaders: Jewish pluralism is in crisis
    First published 15:18 20.07.10 | Last updated 15:18 20.07.10
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