Despite my "talkback name" I come from Brazil. in Latin America there is the shocking phenomenon of people who discover their Jewish ancestry, want to return to their ancestors faith but find the doors shut by the establishment. This, and the fact that me and most of my Jewish friends "married out" but want to preserve our Jewishness always made me make the question that the article raises: what good does it do to the Jewish people to bar people who want to join in? The Torah states that Moses, King David, King Solomon, Joseph, all of Jacobs' sons, as well as Jacob himself had gentile wives. Were they traitors of the Jewish people? Some people from the Ultra-Orthodox side are proud that only 1 in 100 applicants for converson actually succeed. It seems extremely silly that these people later on complain that the Jews are thinning out in numbers. I can't see this trend as a "kiddush Hashem" but only as a way to preserve anachronic powers within the Jewish nation.
Brazilian head of UN peacekeeping force in Haiti dies of heart attack (Reuters)
from the article: Until ignorance divides us