14 July 2016

The Conversion Controversy

9 Tamuz 5776
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Parshat Balak

Disingenuous headlines this week proclaimed that a Beit Din in Bnei Braq had ruled that Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka was not Jewish. Of course nothing could have been farther from the truth, but when did that ever stop the media from reporting it? 

This is a very important read to understand what is behind the most recent controversy between Eretz Yisrael and the Diaspora...

Thoughts on the Conversion Mess

by Dov Fischer

In the wake of public discussion regarding R. Haskel Lookstein’s conversions, Ivanka Trump’s halakhic status, demands by so-called “Open Orthodox” rabbis for Israel broadly to recognize their private decentralized conversions, wildcat and other outlier Orthodox rabbis who have contributed their own decadence to the process, and the delicate subject of the unity of the Jewish People — herewith thoughts on the conversion mess:....