A Modest Proposal on Conversion

07/15/2016 - 04:42
Special To The Jewish Week

The recent flap over the Israeli Chief Rabbinate's refusal to recognize conversions to Judaism conducted by my esteemed colleague Rabbi Haskel Lookstein has left me feeling yet again that we are very far away—as far as we have ever been—from solving this problem, all statements to the contrary by Prime Minister Netanyahu notwithstanding.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

UPDATE: Rabbinate Issues Clarification In Lookstein Case After Widespread Criticism

Says it does recognize New York Modern Orthodox rabbi's conversions, and that the decision regards the specific case alone.

07/13/2016 - 14:45
Editorial Intern

The Chief Rabbinate issued a statement on Friday in response to the criticism surrounding its decision not to recognize the conversion of Nicole, a 31-year-old woman who underwent an Orthodox conversion under prominent New York Rabbi Haskel Lookstein.

Top Rabbinical Court rules to reject conversions of rabbi who converted Ivanka Trump. Getty Images.

The Lookstein Lockout

06/29/2016 - 09:18

The Israeli Chief Rabbinate’s rejection of a conversion performed by Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, a longtime leader of the Modern Orthodox rabbinate here, is only the most recent and flagrant example of a dysfunctional religious bureaucracy in Jerusalem causing personal pain to sincere, would-be converts and dishonoring rabbis as it widens the gap between diaspora and Israeli Jews.

Conversion Crisis Goes Beyond Rabbi Lookstein

06/28/2016 - 12:30
Special To The Jewish Week

Since last Thursday, when The New York Times reported that the Israeli Rabbinate rejected a conversion performed by Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, rabbi emeritus of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun on the Upper East Side and one of the senior members of the American Orthodox rabbinical establishment, there has been an outcry around the world against the rabbinate.

Seth Farber

Ruth’s Conversion Would Be Rejected Today

06/15/2016 - 08:14
Editor and Publisher

At a time when we are keenly aware of the deep divisions within the Jewish community on issues from religious practice to the policies of the State of Israel, we have just marked the festival of Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, with the most unifying theme in Jewish life: the giving of the Torah, the central, foundational text of our history and people, at Mount Sinai.

Gary Rosenblatt

Catholics Shouldn’t Try To Convert Jews, Says New Vatican Document

12/13/2015 - 19:00

Vatican City - The Vatican has said that Catholics should witness to their faith but not undertake organized efforts to convert Jews, a significant step forward in the once tense relations between the two faiths.

Pope Francis touches the stones of the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem’s Old City on May 26, 2014. RNS

Private Conversions Causing Stir

New effort seen as rebuke to Chief Rabbinate.

08/18/2015 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Growing up in Belarus, Natya was considered Jewish because of her Jewish father — the son of Holocaust survivors.

Rabbi Nahum Rabinovitch, center in suit, during a session of the new conversion court. Courtesy of Itim

Riskin at Risk?

Chief Rabbi of Efrat says he would defy the Chief Rabbinate if they attempt to dismiss him.

05/25/2015 - 20:00

Though the Israeli Chief Rabbinate might want him out, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, chief rabbi of Efrat, isn't going without a fight.

Rabbi Riskin says he would defy the Israeli Chief Rabbinate if they attempted to dismiss him. JTA

Who was the first Jew By Choice?

"Let us embrace those who want to convert, not question their motivations or genuineness."

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