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The Latest on Conversion in Israel

The last week has seen a major development in the area of conversion in Israel. As has been reported, a new and independent religious court made up of national-religious rabbis has begun to convert minors outside of the framework of the Chief Rabbinate. I am not going to rehash the issues, you can read the […]

Rabbi of Conversion Fame May be Headed to Court

Rabbi Avraham Sherman, the rabbi who is known for the wholesale nullifying of conversions by more liberal Orthodox rabbis, (see this article by Rabbi Yehuda Herzl Henkin) may be headed to court. Kipa is reporting (H) that the police are recommending that he be charged with breach of trust, fraud, and obstruction of justice in […]

New Book on Rav Uziel and Conversion

Zvi Zohar has published a book about Rabbi Ben-Zion Meir Ḥai Uziel’s approach to conversion. If you are interested in purchasing the book, you can contact Judaica Book Centre in Jerusalem:

David Ellenson and Daniel Gordis Lecture

David Ellenson and Daniel Gordis will give a lecture about their soon to be released book, Pledges of Jewish Allegiance: Conversion, Law, and Policymaking in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Orthodox Responsa , on January 19, 2012 at the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-El, One East 65th Street, New York, NY.

When Rav Elyashiv was Lenient

Today’s Makor Rishon had an item about a pashkevil that made its rounds in some neighborhoods that listed a number of lenient opinions by Rav Elyashiv on questions relating to conversion. The contents of the pashkevil are probably similar to what can be found here (Hebrew). The article interpreted Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef to be the […]

Numbers of Converts Via IDF

Ynet (Hebrew) has published some numbers about soldiers who have converted while in the IDF. •17,000-The number of soldiers who have learned in the conversion course. •Approximately one-third of those 17,000 completed the course and converted. •800-The approximate number of soldiers who convert every year. •Twenty percent of soldiers serving in the IDF are immigrants. […]

Inviting Converts

The following advertisement from Shabbaton, is a nice word play based on Mishnah Shabbat 2:7, שלושה דברים צריך אדם לומר בתוך ביתו ערב שבת עם חשיכה: עישרתן, עירבתן, הדליקו את הנר. A person must say three things in his house on Friday evening with the approaching darkness: Have you tithed? Have you made an eruv? […]

More From Rabbi Haim Amsalam

As a following up to my previous post about Rabbi Benny Lau, I see that Rabbi Haim Amsalam has published a companion volume to his book on conversion Zera Yisrael. The new book is apparently a collection of sources that were cited in Zera Yisrael and is called Mekor Yisrael. See here for Rabbi Amsalam’s […]

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