I think that for ourselves our identity is determined by what we feel inside, in our heart, by how we relate to the people around us. When somebody else, such as the Rabbinate, decides upon our identity, it makes me think about what Sartre said about the identity of the Jew: "a Jew is someone who is seen as a Jew by others." I think taking over the way of thinking of those who want to destroy us (no matter who 'us' may be) is a way of surrendering. Correct me if I'm wrong, but since judaism is meant to free and develop human beings, I have my doubts about the rabbinical power to decide who is allowed in or out, and who is allowed to marry, and to divorce. Wouldn't an independant court be more in line with judaism?
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from the article: Rabbinate no longer recognizes overseas conversions