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    • Dave
    • 15.02.11 | 19:58 (IST)

    I am Orthodox. I learn every day, am shomer shabbat, shomer kashrut, a member of an Orthodox synagogue, and father of children who attend a Jewish day school. And I am now certain that we Orthodox are too closed-minded about conversions. We are too exclusionary, and our zeal is killing our people's survival. I try to live my life non-judgmentally and in a way that inspires others to see the beauty of halacha and find it in their own hearts to join me. I do not think we should force people into frumkeit. It's time that choosing Orthodoxy comes from love and not from blackmail. The Rabbinate needs to go, and Orthodoxy needs to reach out with love instead of building impenetrable walls. Being Orthodox is a beautiful lifestyle and it's a supportive and wonderful community. But we will never attract more people so long as we treat them like we have this man.

    from the article: Modern Orthodox Canadian convert denied right to make aliyah by Israel's Sephardi chief rabbi
    First published 02:19 15.02.11 | Last updated 02:19 15.02.11
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