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More truths about accepting non-Orthodox conversions in Israel

More truths about accepting non-Orthodox conversions in Israel

Unintended consequences of the Supreme Court decision to recognize non-Orthodox conversion will trump all promises to the contrary. Op-ed.Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer, 17/03/2021 11:00
Now Israeli citizenship is like a Las Vegas wedding

Now Israeli citizenship is like a Las Vegas wedding

Is that the hope of 2,000 years that Israel wants?  A “Jewish State” for a “Jewish People” where no one knows who really is Jewish? Op-ed.Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer, 09/03/2021 21:21
Chief Rabbi: Reform conversions 'aren't Jewish'

Chief Rabbi: Reform conversions 'aren't Jewish'

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, Chief Sephardic Rabbi of Israel, excoriates Reform conversions, calling them 'not Jewish'.Shira Hanau, JTA, 07/03/2021 22:32
The Conversion controversy

The Conversion controversy

The courts have no more right to opine on “who is a Jew” than they have to move Shabbat to Tuesday or Pesach to the winter. Opinion.Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, 05/03/2021 15:39
Moshe Gafni: 'We won't join coalition without solution to Supreme Court conversion ruling

Moshe Gafni: 'We won't join coalition without solution to Supreme Court conversion ruling

'The Reformists have made bar mitzvahs for their dogs, they are the ones comparing dogs to people,' MK Moshe Gafni says.Arutz Sheva Staff, 04/03/2021 10:48
Ayelet Shaked: 'Netanyahu has weakened, we'll overtake Gideon Sa'ar'

Ayelet Shaked: 'Netanyahu has weakened, we'll overtake Gideon Sa'ar'

'We'll partner with as many right-wing components of the government as possible,' Yamina's MK Ayelet Shaked promises.Uzi Baruch, 03/03/2021 14:56
Attorney Simcha Rotman: Conversion ruling 'very grave danger' to State of Israel

Attorney Simcha Rotman: Conversion ruling 'very grave danger' to State of Israel

'Court wasn't demanding legislation on the issue, it was demanding legislation in line with its judges' view,' attorney Simcha Rotman says.Yoni Kempinski, 03/03/2021 10:39
Becoming a Jew cannot be taken lightly

Becoming a Jew cannot be taken lightly

The danger is that Reform and Conservative conversions would allow fast-tracking naturalization of foreign laborers in Israel.Opinion.Rabbi David Ben-Nissan, 03/03/2021 07:17
Why is Conversion different?

Why is Conversion different?

Noone denies the Jewishness of someone whose mother was Jewish and follows Reform or Conservative religious practice or affiliation.Op-ed.Rabbi Prof. Jeffrey R. Woolf, 02/03/2021 13:31
Leading European Rabbis: Keep conversion status quo

Leading European Rabbis: Keep conversion status quo

Conference of European Rabbis issues statement warning against "irresponsible" efforts to change how conversions are handled in Israel.Arutz Sheva Staff, 22/12/2020 15:55
Interfaith marriage in our time: An outreach rabbi's conflicting emotions at Hanukkah

Interfaith marriage in our time: An outreach rabbi's conflicting emotions at Hanukkah

Joe Biden has children who intermarried with Jews, a sad living symbol of what has happened to American Jewry. Rabbi Yitschak Rudomin, 07/12/2020 15:50
From a Gaza mosque to an IDF combat unit fighting in Gaza

From a Gaza mosque to an IDF combat unit fighting in Gaza

Yaron Avraham opens up about his journey to Judaism from radical Islam.Hezki Baruch, 19/10/2020 11:50
70-yr old gets circumcised, converts, and marries - in 1 month

70-yr old gets circumcised, converts, and marries - in 1 month

Despite the virus & advanced age, a Haifa-area man from the former USSR converted to Judaism, was circumsiced & married in a 1-month period.Shimon Cohen, 24/09/2020 20:14
Former Noam party head sets up fund to provide free conversion therapy

Former Noam party head sets up fund to provide free conversion therapy

Rabbi Dror Aryeh responds after bill to ban conversion therapy passes preliminary reading. 'Decree will increase youth suicides.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 22/07/2020 16:59
MK Kahana: He who is strict on conversion encourages assimilation

MK Kahana: He who is strict on conversion encourages assimilation

Yamina MK attacks Deri's proposal to enact new conversion law ensuring that only conversions in Israel approved by Rabbinate recognized.Arutz Sheva Staff, 18/06/2020 09:30
Jerusalem: Shavei Israel opens new English-language institute to smooth conversion process

Jerusalem: Shavei Israel opens new English-language institute to smooth conversion process

Shavei Israel and Rabbinical Council of America to open English-language conversion institute in Jerusalem.Arutz Sheva Staff, 13/01/2020 08:05
'There's opportunity to select Zionist Chief Rabbi'

'There's opportunity to select Zionist Chief Rabbi'

United Right Chair thinks conversion will challenge next gvmnt; 'Religion and state issues should move with consensus, not confrontation.'Eliran Aharon, 05/08/2019 21:59
'Bennett expresses the opinion of dozens of rabbis'

'Bennett expresses the opinion of dozens of rabbis'

Rabbi Avraham Stav criticizes media personality Yedidya Meir, who lashed out at Naftali Bennet's proposed conversion reform.Hezki Baruch, 28/06/2019 08:06
52% of Israeli Jews want state to make conversion easier

52% of Israeli Jews want state to make conversion easier

Israeli Jews strongly divided over whether state-run conversion system should be more lenient to prospective converts.Josefin Dolsten, JTA, 05/06/2019 07:17
The Passover problem that set me free

The Passover problem that set me free

What happens when the son of a prominent Messianic leader leaves Christianity?Ira Michaelson and Rod Bryant, 02/04/2019 04:10
A river could be a tree - the story of Angela Himsel

A river could be a tree - the story of Angela Himsel

A Jerusalem meeting with Angela Himsel, whose true story is so unusual that it could never make it as fiction. Rochel Sylvetsky, 01/03/2019 15:06
From Heil Hitler - to a Kippah and tefillin

From Heil Hitler - to a Kippah and tefillin

Until a year and a half ago, Yonatan was still called Lutz. In the past he congratulated his friends with "Heil Hitler." Now he is a Jew.Arutz Sheva Staff, 27/12/2018 23:02
The "are they Jewish" game

The "are they Jewish" game

We like the unexpected revelations that someone famous is Jewish, but maybe we should be less enthusiastic nowadays. Jack Engelhard, 12/12/2018 07:45
Praise to the Chief Rabbinate for non-recognition of sham 'Conversion'

Praise to the Chief Rabbinate for non-recognition of sham 'Conversion'

 In praise of the Chief Rabbinate's refusing to recognize wrongful “Conversions” by renegade rabbis.Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer, 30/11/2018 13:06
Everything you always wanted to know about conversion

Everything you always wanted to know about conversion

In this informative show we discuss what the potential convert can expect from beginning the process to appearing for a Beit Din.Ira Michaelson and Rod Bryant, 22/10/2018 22:49
"My name wasn't always Chana"

"My name wasn't always Chana"

A convert's dream come true. She knew, even then, that there was something more to life.Sponsored Content, 22/10/2018 15:10
Conversion system head resigns

Conversion system head resigns

Rabbi Yitzhak Peretz resigns. MK Stern: 'Resignation attests to what we knew long ago about failure of State to deal with conversion issue.'Mordechai Sones, 17/10/2018 15:04
Ugandan student denied visa to study at Israeli yeshiva

Ugandan student denied visa to study at Israeli yeshiva

Ugandan would-be student denied visa due to improperly performed conversion.JTA, Arutz Sheva Staff, 17/10/2018 11:18
'Converts to Judaism suffering because of gov't failure to act'

'Converts to Judaism suffering because of gov't failure to act'

Deputy Defense Minister calls on government to appoint empower Chief Rabbi to handle conversion matters, says delay harming converts.Hezki Baruch, 09/10/2018 21:30
Government to recognize private conversion

Government to recognize private conversion

Jerusalem court orders government to recognize private conversion performed by 'Giyur K'Halacha.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 13/09/2018 08:50
Rabbinate will not recognize Israel-Arab singer's conversion

Rabbinate will not recognize Israel-Arab singer's conversion

Rabbinate says that singer Nasreen Qadri converted through independent program, will not be recognized as Jewish.Arutz Sheva Staff, 03/09/2018 17:55
Popular Arab singer becomes Jewish

Popular Arab singer becomes Jewish

Singer Nasreen Qadri, born to Muslim family, finishes conversion process on 32nd birthday, adopting a new name - 'Bracha.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 03/09/2018 08:55
Rabbi Druckman: Conversion Law is good

Rabbi Druckman: Conversion Law is good

Rabbi Haim Druckman says Moshe Nissim's Conversion Law outline would solve issue of illegitimate conversions, should not be opposed.Benny Toker, 18/07/2018 20:47
Rabbis' Conference: Cancel conversion plan

Rabbis' Conference: Cancel conversion plan

National religious and haredi rabbis express firm opposition to recommendations and call, 'bury Moshe Nissim's recommendations.'Mordechai Sones, 15/07/2018 10:57
Supreme Court temporarily blocks deportation of Ugandan Jew

Supreme Court temporarily blocks deportation of Ugandan Jew

Ugandan man who converted under auspices of Conservative movement given temporary reprieve from deportation.JTA, 14/06/2018 20:42
Proposal would strip Chief Rabbinate of control over conversion

Proposal would strip Chief Rabbinate of control over conversion

Why the plan for new conversion authority has haredi, religious-Zionist, Reform, and Conservative leaders up in arms.JTA, 03/06/2018 21:27
Conservatives outraged Israel won't recognize Ugandan Jews

Conservatives outraged Israel won't recognize Ugandan Jews

Interior Ministry rules not to recognize conversions of Ugandan Jews; Conservative Movement calls decision 'unlawful'.Mordechai Sones - JTA, 03/06/2018 15:19
Conversion committee recommendations cause trepidation

Conversion committee recommendations cause trepidation

Rabbis call on Nissim Committee members who signed conversion recommendations to reverse position.Mordechai Sones, 03/06/2018 12:51
Dutch mosque: We converted 'Jewish nobleman' to Islam

Dutch mosque: We converted 'Jewish nobleman' to Islam

A Dutch mosque says it converted a Holocaust survivor to Islam. Local Jews are skeptical.JTA, 10/05/2018 08:51
Lost Jews: From China to Jerusalem

Lost Jews: From China to Jerusalem

Five young women from China reconnect with their Jewish roots, convert to Judaism in emotional ceremony in Jerusalem.Arutz Sheva Staff, 02/05/2018 11:17
Separating politics from the core conversion issue

Separating politics from the core conversion issue

Getting to the heart of the conversion matter.Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer, 07/03/2018 17:28
Needed: Full disclosure before conversion

Needed: Full disclosure before conversion

Rabbis who perform conversions owe their clients full disclosure. Has anyone ever sold you something — a service, a product, a promise — only for you to learn later that you paid for something that was not what you thought? Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer, 25/02/2018 07:34
In this West African country, a Jewish community is forming

In this West African country, a Jewish community is forming

African community converts to Judaism, creating their country's first Jewish community.JTA, 27/01/2018 18:52
Conversion: The real story of how to be a Jew

Conversion: The real story of how to be a Jew

Everything you always wanted to know about conversion, but were afraid to ask.Rod Bryant, 15/01/2018 02:14
Conservative movement sends angry letter to PM Netanyahu

Conservative movement sends angry letter to PM Netanyahu

Conservative movement slams Israel for not 'diversifying' determination of Judaism, calls status quo 'unconscionable.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 08/09/2017 11:50
'The Chief Rabbinate cannot serve only a tiny minority'

'The Chief Rabbinate cannot serve only a tiny minority'

Rabbi Yuval Cherlow says Chief Rabbinate cannot adopt only the most extreme interpretations of Jewish law, serve only a small group.Eliran Baruch, 13/07/2017 16:59
Ivanka, not Yael

Ivanka, not Yael

Converts should be persuaded to change name, but if they refuse, court must convert without stipulating conversion on name change.Mordechai Sones, 01/06/2017 12:05
Arab man held captive for desire to convert to Judaism, join IDF

Arab man held captive for desire to convert to Judaism, join IDF

Israeli-Arab teen locked away by family after saying he wishes to become Jewish, join Israeli army.David Rosenberg, 16/05/2017 07:58
Converts practice Pesach Seder

Converts practice Pesach Seder

http://www.israelnationalnews.comYoni Kempinski, 05/04/2017 12:00
Trump to Ivanka's rabbi: You're doing good work

Trump to Ivanka's rabbi: You're doing good work

Trump attends National Prayer Day breakfast, praises Ivanka's rabbi.Chana Roberts, 06/02/2017 11:23
Israel denies aliyah to Venezuelan Conservative converts

Israel denies aliyah to Venezuelan Conservative converts

Nine Venezuelans who converted by Conservative standards denied aliyah as they are not in a Jewish community.JTA and Arutz Sheva, 05/01/2017 17:31
Chief Rabbinate to create standard for overseas conversions

Chief Rabbinate to create standard for overseas conversions

Chief Rabbinate commits to creating standards for recognizing rabbis it trusts on conversions,including the Rabbi who converted Ivanka TrumpJTA and Arutz Sheva, 07/12/2016 21:56
European rabbis work for unified standards in conversions

European rabbis work for unified standards in conversions

'Conversion courts need to coordinate more.'Yoni Kempinski, 16/11/2016 09:01
Rabbinate rejects conversions by leading US rabbi

Rabbinate rejects conversions by leading US rabbi

Rabbinical Council of America fuming after Israeli Rabbinate rejects four conversions by leading American rabbinic authority.David Rosenberg, 25/09/2016 22:03
More French Jews converting to Islam

More French Jews converting to Islam

According to reports from Jewish leaders in France, there is concern about a rise in conversions to Islam from within the Jewish community.Yoel Domb, 15/09/2016 11:33
She hid her non-Jewishness until age 19

She hid her non-Jewishness until age 19

Student in religious high school "came out" as non-Jewish when National Service opened a conversion course.Hillel Fendel, 12/09/2016 22:45
Proposal: A simple solution to conversion crisis

Proposal: A simple solution to conversion crisis

Rabbi Yisrael Rosen, head of Crossroads Center for Jewish Law and Technology, proposes a simple solution to the raging conversion wars.Tal Polon, 03/08/2016 14:58