New York's The Jewish Week reports on another case of an American convert whose Orthodox conversion is being rejected by Israel's religious authorities. As long as Israel's power-hungry Rabbinate demands and receives authority to accept or reject Orthodox conversions, there will be inevitable abuses and needless suffering.
Rabbi Marc Angel
Rabbi Marc D. Angel is Director of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals (jewishideas.org), Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Shearith Israel in New York City and author and editor of 30 books, most recently Maimonides: Essential Teachings in Jewish Faith and Ethics (Skylight Illuminations, 2012). A former President of the Rabbinical Council of America, he is co-founder, with Rabbi Avi Weiss, of the International Rabbinic Fellowship, an association of Modern Orthodox Rabbis.
Despite the call by some to revoke the fast of Tisha B'Av since the re-establishment of Jewish sovereignty, it certainly still has meaning for us today.
At a time when the Jewish people face so many challenges, it is essential for all Jews to seek ways of forging a shared destiny in spite of the halakhic boundary lines that separate us.