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Clarification of the strict opinion on Conversion

The first mention of cancellation in case of non-observance of mitzvot appears in the ‘Beit Yitzchak’ responsa about a hundred years ago.

Clarification of the strict opinion on Conversion

Avigail's conversion: From choosing a school to World Bnei Akiva

Avigail Minster speaks to Israel National News about the path that led her from discovering Judaism to converting over a decade later.

Avigail's conversion: From choosing a school to World Bnei Akivaplayer

Questions that arose regarding Conversion

The objective in conversion requiring only observance of tradition is those families who have taken root here and are aware of traditions.

Questions that arose regarding Conversion

The dispute over Conversion and the Heter Mechira

Similarities can be drawn between the controversies over the heter mechira and conversion to what is called traditional Jewish observance.

The dispute over Conversion and the Heter Mechira

The Chief Rabbinate and Conversion: Two stories

Two stories showing the extent of religious observance demanded by the rabbinate for conversion.

The Chief Rabbinate and Conversion: Two stories

Amend the Law of Return

What interest of the Jewish people is advanced by pretending that Gentiles are quasi-Jews, “traditional” but not religious? Opinion.

Amend the Law of Return

Conversion reform: Avigdor Liberman alleges Law leaves too much power with Chief Rabbinate

Minister Kahana rejects criticisms, accuses Liberman of refusing to meet with him to iron out differences.

Avigdor Liberman: Chief Rabbinate left with too much powerplayer

We do not cherry-pick or forum-shop for minority opinions in Judaism

Matan Kahana argues to adopt completely unacceptable minority viewpoints as the Judaic law of the land. Op-ed.

We do not cherry-pick or forum-shop Judaic minority opinions

The green goggles of faith and Matan Kahana’s conversion proposals

Every legal system engenders cogent minority viewpoints from great scholars. But we do not light 8 candles the 1st night of Chanukah.Op-ed.

The green goggles of faith and Min.Kahana’s conversion proposals

The Parsha and Current Events: anti-Semites, bacon and churches

The ABC of what is happening now.

The Parsha and Current Events: anti-Semites, bacon & churches

Fleeing Hebron, Palestinian Arab siblings look to convert to Judaism

Threats, abuse, and honor killings: How a Palestinian Arab teen and her brother ended up in Israel, with plans to convert and join the IDF

Fleeing Hebron, Palestinian siblings look to convert to Judaism

Getting off the fence: Is Israel to be a Jewish state or a state of Jews?

Why is it important that Jews survive if we are not going to observe the Torah? What would the world be missing if there were no Jews?Op-ed.

Getting off the fence

Chief Rabbis: New Conversion Law is based on deceit

Those who 'convert' according to Kahana's law won't be recognized as Jews by vast majority of rabbis, warn Israel's chief rabbis.

Chief Rabbis: New Conversion Law is based on deceit

Thirty (30) bottom lines regarding Minister Matan Kahana's proposed "Conversion Reforms”

With Jewish lineage chaos beyond control in the US , the Chief Rabbinate is the unifying force for maintaining Jewish authenticity, Op-ed

30 bottom lines on Min, Matan Kahana's "Conversion Reforms”

Conversion reforms to be brought for vote on Sunday

Minister Kahana's bill, written with help of senior religious Zionist rabbis, stipulates conversions must be done according to Torah law.

Conversion reforms to be brought for vote on Sunday

Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana: I want to limit terms of office of local rabbis

Religious Affairs Minister explains that doing so will lead to "more communities that feel connected to Judaism."

Kahana: I want to limit terms of office of local rabbis

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu: Kahana beholden to Meretz, leftists

Hundreds of rabbis demonstrate against conversion reforms. Safed Chief Rabbi says reform dangerous to Judaism.

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu: Kahana beholden to Meretz, leftists

Chief Rabbis to lead rally against government reforms

Israel's leading religious authorities have issued an 'emergency call to action' against proposed reforms in religious services in Israel.

Chief Rabbis to lead rally against government reforms

Religious-Zionist youth to hold protest march against plans to marginalize Chief Rabbinate

Religious Affairs Minister: "Protesting is best use of one's citizenship rights; I have no problem with people protesting my policies."

Religious-Zionist youth to hold protest march against government

PM to haredi MK: 'Drawback' that haredim aren't in government

'We won't always agree, but we're not trying to be contrarian to you,' PM Bennett tells MK Meir Porush.

PM to haredi MK: 'Drawback' that haredim aren't in government

Chief Rabbi Lau: The Knesset won't decide who is a Jew

"A Jew is someone who commits to Torah observance, regardless of any legislation the Knesset may pass."

Chief Rabbi Lau: The Knesset won't decide who is a Jew

Rabbi Eitan Eizman: Rabbinate, Minister Kahana must discuss conversion

Leading Religious Zionist rabbi calls on Chief Rabbinate to hold dialogue with Religious Affairs Minister on 'good' conversion law.

Rabbi Eitan Eizman: Rabbinate must discuss conversion reform

Chief Rabbi: Does Rabbi Druckman think he's equal to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef?

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef slams leading Religious Zionist rabbi for agreeing in principle to allowing municipal rabbis to perform conversions.

Chief Rabbi: Torah leaders objected to municipal conversionsplayer

The conversion challenge

The consequences of the conversion reforms, if passed, will be dire and it is not just the split that will occur in the Jewish world. Op-ed.

The conversion challenge

An open letter to the Hon. MK Mansour Abbas, head of the Ra'am party

Arafat only got to start intifadas. You actually get the deciding vote in the Knesset on who is a Jew. This is what is at stake.Op-ed

An open letter to the Hon. MK Mansour Abbas, head of Ra'am

Rabbi David Stav: Abuse needs to be 'uprooted from our society'

Rabbi David Stav, chair of the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization, says that the Chaim Walder case has been an "ugly hour."

Rabbi David Stav: Abuse needs to be 'uprooted from our society'player

Jerusalem Chief Rabbi opposes conversion reforms

Former Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar issues ruling against conversion reforms proposed by Minitser Kahana.

Jerusalem Chief Rabbi opposes conversion reforms

Danger for the Jewish people!

A demand addressed to MK Kalfon from a French immigrant.

Danger for the Jewish people!

'Fire the Chief Rabbi'

Yisrael Beytenu accuses Chief Rabbi Lau of "crossing a red line," calls on Religious Affairs Minister to summon him to disciplinary hearing.

'Fire the Chief Rabbi'

Religious Affairs Minister: I hope Chief Rabbi Lau changes his mind

Kahana: Chief Rabbi's decision to cease authorizing conversions "solely because a certain official did not have his tenure extended."

Religious Affairs Minister: I hope Rabbi Lau changes his mind

Chief Rabbi David Lau's letter to the Prime Minister

"It is within your power to prevent an irreparable rift in the Jewish People and stop this conversion reform from advancing."

Chief Rabbi David Lau's letter to the Prime Minister

Unintended results of Min. Matan Kahana's conversion plan

We will find US halakhic authorities in RCA and OU subjecting Israeli converts coming to the US to lineage investigations. And worse. Op-ed

Unintended results of Min. Matan Kahana's conversion plan

Haredi yeshiva student discovers he's not Jewish

Yeshiva student stunned to learn his mother is not Jewish, undergoes conversion.

Haredi yeshiva student discovers he's not Jewish

Conference of European Rabbis: Making conversion easier leads to assimilation

Leaders of Conference of European Rabbis warn in letter to PM, Kahana of potential disaster for tens of thousands of Israelis in Europe.

European Rabbis: Making conversion easier leads to assimilation

Ali/Eliya Hassan: A shock wave In Brooklyn's Syrian Jewish community

This is an appalling tragedy of errors of Shakepearian proportions that has pierced the hearts of many. Opinion.

Ali/Eliya Hassan: A shock wave In the Syrian Jewish communityplayer

Yisrael Beytenu submits bill to transform conversions

'Yulia Malinovsky is simply bored and looking to pick fights,' sources tell Arutz Sheva.

Yisrael Beytenu submits bill to transform conversions

Who is a Jew?

A short story. About an age-old history.

Who is a Jew?

Three generations convert to Judaism together on the same day

Mother, daughter, and granddaughter living in Israel convert to Judaism together at private Orthodox rabbinic court.

Three generations convert to Judaism together on the same day

Jewish-born man returns to Judaism after years as a Muslim

"A" turned to Lehava organization for help in returning to his roots. He is now becoming religiously observant.

Jewish-born man returns to Judaism after years as a Muslim

The limits of competition - Israel and kashrut

How odd that Israel would want to revert to the old American-Jewish decentralized system that was so chaotic that it was abandoned! Op-ed.

The limits of competition - Israel and kashrut