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Politicians who degrade the Diaspora shouldn't seek support in its communities

Politicians who degrade the Diaspora shouldn't seek support in its communities

If you weren't on Mars this week, there is high likelihood that you are aware of the fierce storms engulfing Israel and world Jewry under the blazing summer sun. Every self-respecting Jewish organization issued a statement, and the language ranged from dismay to deplore, although most were lacking when it came to taking action.


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Three battle fronts: The Kotel, Conversion, and Shabbat

Three battle fronts: The Kotel, Conversion, and Shabbat

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Conversion bill to reject all conversions outside of Israel's Rabbinate

Conversion bill to reject all conversions outside of Israel's Rabbinate

A measure submitted earlier this month by the Interior Ministry led by Rabbi Aryeh Deri, head of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, is a blatant effort to circumvent a March 2016 Supreme Court ruling that allowed those undergoing private Orthodox conversions in Israel to become citizens under the Law of Return.

Committee to determine criteria for recognizing Orthodox Diaspora rabbis

Committee to determine criteria for recognizing Orthodox Diaspora rabbis

The Council of the Chief Rabbinate and the rabbinical judges of the Supreme Rabbinical Court convened Wednesday and established a joint committee to draft criteria for recognizing the weddings, divorces and conversions of rabbis in the Diaspora.

Israeli religious court goes off the deep end

Israeli religious court goes off the deep end

Why would a rabbinic court in the world’s only Jewish state do something that would blatantly turn off most of the world’s Jews?

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein's degrading experience

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein's degrading experience

If we needed any further reminder that the issue of "Who is a Jew" hits directly home in North America, the recent news regarding the refusal of the Israeli Rabbinic courts to accept Rabbi Haskel Lookstein's conversions is the most recent case in point.

Landmark conversions ruling is a victory for religious freedom in Israel

Landmark conversions ruling is a victory for religious freedom in Israel

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Conversion – Time to go beyond the rhetoric

Conversion – Time to go beyond the rhetoric

The leader of the Tzohar rabbinical organization, Rabbi David Stav, and his colleagues threw a shock grenade into the volatile religion/state arena this week.

Jeffrey Goldberg shows “How Israel Can Stop Alienating American Jews”

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Chief Rabbi Amar: “The Rabbinate is excellent…We have proven ourselves”

Chief Rabbi Amar: “The Rabbinate is excellent…We have proven ourselves”

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Tzohar Rabbis Disingenuous In Their Campaign

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Summer 2010 Index

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The Conversion Law Fraud

The Conversion Law Fraud

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