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  1/2/2013, Tevet 20, 5773

Rabbi on Non-Jews Disguised as Hareidim

Rabbi Zalman Glizinsky spoke to Arutz Sheva this week about his work researching people’s Jewish backgrounds on behalf of the Rabbinate. Investigators look into cases where Israelis born abroad do not have documentation indicating that they are Jewish.

In many cases investigators have managed to track down documents proving people’s Jewishness, he said. However, there have also been cases where seemingly hareidi-religious families turned out to be non-Jewish Christians who moved to Israel in an attempt to hide from either foreign crime syndicates or foreign police.

Rabbi Glizinsky lamented the fact that the state pays salaries for only five investigators. “It’s not enough,” he said.