In four cases, Rabbinate failed to explain rejected conversions approved by Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz, the head of the Beth Din of America and chief presiding rabbinical judge of the National Beth Din of the Rabbinical Council of America.
Parashat Ki Tetzei.
70 percent of Americans Jews and 61 percent of Israelis Jews support creating a pluralistic section at the Western Wall plaza for egalitarian services.
More than a year after Barry Freundel was put behind bars, some women are loath to endure more testimony on his attempts to view them during ritual baths.
Yehudah Glick abstained from voting to ban non-Orthodox converts from state-funded ritual baths and has no problem with women wearing prayer shawls. Maybe it’s his Brooklyn background.
Law effectively circumvents High Court decision that banning Reform, Conservative converts from state-run mikvehs is discriminatory and therefore illegal.
Lookstein has been angrily attacked and loyally defended, buffeted by two storms in two countries: the reaction to Trump among American Jews, and the battle between modern Orthodoxy and the ultra-Orthodox dominated Israeli rabbinate.
Jewish Agency head Natan Sharanksy to consider legal action if Interior Ministry continues foot-dragging on effort to ease conversions abroad.
While our love for the Jewish state is unshakable, many in non-Orthodox movements are asking: Does Israel have a soul or does it just milk the Jews of the Diaspora for political and financial support?
Rabbi Haskel Lookstein has joined forces with Natan Sharansky to protest the Chief Rabbinate's rejection of his authority to perform conversions.