Report: Independent Conversion Courts Water Down Obligations

At least one panel of new conversion courts doesn't require declared obligation to observe Jewish commandments, reports Haaretz.Shlomo Pyotrkovsky, 8/17/2015, 11:38 AM

Haredi Paper Attacks 'Rebellious' Conversion Court Backers

Yom Leyom, the voice of haredi party Shas, comes out strongly against conversion courts that circumvent the Rabbinate.Moshe Cohen, 8/13/2015, 10:56 AM

Rabbi Riskin: 'There Is No Rebellion Against Rabbinate'

Rabbi of Efrat explains that the decision to establish independent conversion courts is 'completely within Halacha.'Eliran Aharon, 8/11/2015, 5:04 PM

Rabbi Druckman: Don't Override Rabbinate on Conversions

Rabbi Haim Druckman sharply criticized independent religious courts to circumvent the Rabbinate and conduct conversions.Moshe Cohen, 8/10/2015, 9:54 PM

'I Can't Call a Reform Jew Jewish'

Minister of Religious Services David Azoulai (Shas) says conversion courts will be under Prime Minister's Office.Gil Ronen, 7/7/2015, 11:55 AM

Lapid: Bibi Must Resign if Iran Nuke Deal Signed

Yesh Atid head says bad deal would be Netanyahu's failure, says Israel 'spits in the face' of US Jews with conversion decision.Hezki Baruch, 7/6/2015, 2:59 PM

Government Approves Conversion Compromise

All of the ministers except Jewish Home's Uri Ariel voted in favor of allowing local rabbinical conversion courts.Hezki Baruch, Gil Ronen, 11/2/2014, 4:44 PM

Rabbi Avi Weiss in the NYTimes: Who is the Real Victim?

Why would an Orthodox rabbi avoid respected and accepted halakhic forums to settle his differences with the Orthodox Rabbinate and, instead, post them in the New York Times?Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 1/31/2014, 11:53 AM

Open Orthodoxy's Real Victims: Good Enough isn't Enough

Open Orthodoxy caused much anguish to unsuspecting converts who did not realize they were not mainstream Orthodoxy.Rabbi Dov Fischer, 1/9/2014, 11:20 AM

Mishpatim: Full Acceptance Before Conversion

Just being a “good person” or serving in the Israeli army, noble as these accomplishments truly are, do not yet qualify for one to be easily converted.Rabbi Berel Wein, 2/8/2013, 2:44 PM

Rabbi Druckman's Conversions Upheld

The Supreme Court has ruled that state will accept all conversions by Rabbi Haim Druckman and the special conversion courts in IsraelGabe Kahn, 4/25/2012, 5:57 PM