The never-ending saga of unrecognized American conversions

Why blame the Israeli Rabbinate for not recognizing American “Conversions” that American Orthodox Rabbis also do not recognize?Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer, 6/1/2018, 3:35 PM

Conversion: 'Like Being an Orphan with a Large Family'

Author Ashirah Yosefah concludes the dramatic story of her conversion with a surprising revelation about her own family's history.Gedalyah Reback, 4/29/2015, 6:01 PM

Surviving Terrorism - to Become a Jew

Despite surviving a terror attack, and attempts to put her off converting, Ashirah Yosefah explains how she finally made it to the mikvah.Gedalyah Reback, 4/27/2015, 10:52 AM

Conversion Authority Visits with Bnei Menashe Immigrants

660 members of the Indian Bnei Menashe tribe immigrated to Israel in 2014, where they will undergo conversion by Israel's Chief Rabbinate.Yoni Kempinski, 3/12/2015, 8:21 AM

What's the Solution to Israel's Conversion Controversy?

Dept. Minister of Religions, MK Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, says there is only one way to diffuse the crisis threatening to split the Jewish world.Rochel Sylvetsky, 10/7/2014, 9:57 PM

The RCA Works With the Israeli Rabbinate on Conversion

The Orthodox American rabbinic body upholds standards on conversion, as does the Israeli Chief RabbinateRabbi Dr. Barry Freundel, 3/18/2014, 2:56 PM

The War Against the Rabbinical Council of America

Readers outside America may not realize what is unfolding in the United States Jewish community - and they should, because the results will affect them.Rabbi Dov Fischer, 3/8/2014, 9:53 PM

The Rabbinate and Rabbi Weiss:Not Just a Power Struggle

The list of those that the Rabbanut will not rely upon is extensive. This list is blind to affiliation. It has lots of members with long beards and frocks. It is certainly not a list of “modern” rabbis.Rabbi Yitzchak Adlerstein, 1/8/2014, 1:49 PM

Conversion: An Open Letter to Ronn Torossian

Background and perspective on the conversion issue: the non-recognition of a convert by the Israeli Rabbinate, Rabbi A Gordimer's halakhic critique of Open Orthodoxy, Ronn Torossian's questions to the Chief Rabbinate.Rabbi Yehoshua Mizrachi, 11/20/2013, 5:05 PM

Rejoinder To Rabbi Avi Weiss:Retain Halakhic Standards

Defending Halakhic standards in Israel: A rejoinder to Rabbi Avi Weiss of Riverdale, who penned an article against the Israeli Chief Rabbinate's authority and called for Reform and Conservative conversions to be allowed in Israel.Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 11/7/2013, 8:24 AM

Non-Orthodox Orthodoxy: Playing With Fire

Halakhic conversions, marriage and divorce are one of the most positive aspects of Israel's Rabbinate and change will destroy the Jewish people from within. An opinion opposed by Yair Lapid's party.Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 10/29/2013, 8:00 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

More Than 4,000 Israeli Converts to Judaism in 2011

More than 4,000 Gentiles converted to Judaism in Israel last year, according to government statistics.Hana Levi Julian, 6/17/2012, 2:25 PM