Friedmann Targets Decision to Annul Conversions

Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann plans to submit a bill that would allow the Rabbinic Court of Appeals to rehear important cases with an expanded panel of judges.

The bill is a response to a decision handed down by a three-judge panel of the court last week that retroactively annulled hundreds of conversions performed over the past decade by a special conversion court headed by Rabbi Haim Druckman. Friedmann said the bill would be worded to allow an expanded panel to rehear this case as well, even though the ruling was issued before the law has passed.

Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, who serves as president of the Rabbinic Court of Appeals, also opposes the ruling, and would like to convene a special panel of rabbinic court judges to overturn it - preferably before the divorcee in whose case it was issued petitions the High Court of Justice against it. Amar insisted yesterday that no conversion would actually be overturned by the ruling.