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High Rabbinical Court revokes 1000s of conversions

The Rabbinical Court of Israel struck down all the conversions performed by the establishment rabbis Haim Druckman and Co of the Israeli Conversion Authority. The court also handed down a long-overdue decision that declares invalid all conversions whereas the proselyte abandons Jewish observance soon afterwards.
Female converts are deemed to have three major ritual obligations: preparing hala bread and lighting candles for Shabbat, and immersing themselves in mikveh bath monthly. None is in the Torah; as for the mikveh, the Torah prescribes washing one’s body, which shower does properly enough. Ruth, the proselyte grandma of King David, would have been surprised by such requirements.

The decision affects retroactively all the Conversion Authority’s conversions after the 1999.

Israeli government and reformist temples of America want to step up fake conversions, which pushes the Orthodox conversion courts onto defensive for evermore stringent demands.

The Rabbinical Court’s decision is a major setback for government of Israel which tries to assimilate masses of non-Jewish Slavs who entered Israel under the misguided amendment to the Law of Return which allows anyone with a single Jewish great-grandparent to claim Israeli citizenship. Anyway, only a minuscule portion of non-Jews expressed interest even in the fast-track “Allah Akbar” government conversions.

Oddly, the Rabbinical Court’s decision is subject to the review by the anti-Semitic ultra-left atheist Israeli Supreme Court which would likely overrule it. The Orthodox establishment would cling to its own conversion and refuse recognizing the government’s converts as valid marriage partners for religious Jews. In effect, the government’s policy creates second-class Jews on the legal level of bastards.

The Rabbinical Court introduced a legal fiction of invalid conversion: presumably, if a convert ceases observing Jewish law, she never honestly intended to observe it in the first place. Insincerity at the time of conversion invalidates it. Strictly speaking, the law is not applied retroactively, but the conversion itself is proved false by the convert’s future actions.

The Rabbinical Court’s decision is, counter-intuitively, a major step in liberalizing the conversion. Previously, rabbinical judges who oversee the conversion where under immense pressure to assure sincerity and determination of the prospective converts. Unwilling to run any risks, the rabbis imposed tremendous tests on converts. The new ruling abrogates this need for the overwhelming proof. By allowing nullification of a conversion at any time in the future, the Rabbinical Court provided conversion rabbis with the ultimate instrument for ascertaining determination of the prospective converts. Previously, a considerable proportion of converts stopped observance soon after the conversion, but now that becomes impossible as lax observance invalidates the giyur.

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I will not decry the attempt or any attempt to “clean up” the process. I will, however, ask simply: where in TORAH is the authority for such an attempted effort?
Laws have already been made, outside of TORAH to complicate the process, and if you take the “process” to its completion in TORAH, there is an implied participation in the Pesach for it to be complete, which of course cannot be fulfilled because there is no Temple. So one would then ask how can the “process” even be considered without its completion?
Then again we say one born a Jew cannot lose his/her right as a Jew, yet we see so many “secular” Jews, even Jew hating Jews. Why then can we not de-certify their birth? Or does the TORAH apply equally to all?

Emeq Hawaii 03 May 2008

the 33/100 of the jews( born)during the episode of the exodus from egypt in the days of moses dyed in the plaque so you see somtimes not even a born jews cualyfied to be a jew

Ezra Hidrie panama 19 May 2009

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