Gafni: Conversion Law is “Destruction of the Jewish People”

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moshe-gafniThe Israeli cabinet on Sunday approved a law that will allow municipal rabbis to convert people to Judaism. Prospective converts will no longer need to go through Israel’s central rabbinical authority.

The law-largely intended to facilitate the conversion of many immigrants to Israel from the former Soviet Union-was originally proposed by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Religious Services Minister Naftali Bennett. Israel’s haredi political parties opposed the law.

“These courts will bring a new spirit for the many conversion candidates, especially those who have despaired of converting,” said MK Elazar Stern (Hatnuah), the Jerusalem Post reported.

MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism), who opposed the law, said that the Israeli government “has turned the issue of the Jewish people into a political commodity for trade… We’re talking about the destruction of the Jewish people. A significant portion of the rabbis in Israel and around the world will not recognize the converts as Jewish, and these converts will be injured by this and will not forgive the government for this decision.”

Livni said that “there are Israeli citizens living with us whom we encouraged to come to Israel… who aren’t Jewish according to Jewish law, and the message we are giving to them today, those who have felt like second-class citizens from the moment they landed here in the airport, is that we are opening a new gate, not one of citizenship, but a gate to join the Jewish people.”

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{Matzav.com Israel}

11 COMMENTS

  1. The party he represents fought tooth and nail against emendation of the law of return Mihu Yehudi for it to state Giur k’Halacha, who is he bluffing?!

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  3. How the world has changed under our noses!!

    Some three and a half decades ago, similar forces attempted to push Begin to change the laws of Geirus in Israel.
    His abrupt rebuttal : GeiruT is Halachah, and Halachah is the prerogative of the Poskei HaDor!!

  4. Bringing in Goyim and calling them Yidden (lehavdil) through a Reform or Conservative procedure is going to somehow OPPOSE assimilation ?? What a crock.

    Even under the previous system, some of us are familiar with “converts” who haven’t changed from their former lifestyle one iota!

    Some rabbis were brought in to give their blessing
    Idiots or worse!

    ‘talmud chacham she’in bo da’as ,neveilah tovah mimenah’

  5. Of course the resho’im sh”y like Stern and their sponsors are ecstatic!

    Hold it! Supposedly Reform was blocked by this ‘wonderful compromise’,how come they’re also so happy!?

    Other than semantics (and the signature of a secretary from the office of the chief rabbinate)how is this different than the previous bill ?!

    If dwelling in a semi-”jewish milieu” is enough, as the gov’t fiat intends, to regard one officially as jewish,

    might every gentile working in your local religious institution,or moreso living in Boro Park and speaks a few jewish expressions offically claim now to be a jew?!

  6. Gentelmen….if you will only know what I know about conversions…..

    The only point I want to make is that the only ones that really suffer from these lunacy are the converts themeselves! We have to work on the prospective converts to make sure they understad what is Judaism and what is a serious halachic conversion and leave the zionist alone. work to improve the product not dealing with the supermarket,

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