It’s a Churban: National-Religious Rabbis Announce New Conversion Courts to Challenge the Chief Rabbinate


National-religious rabbis in Israel announced today the formation of a network of independent rabbinical courts for conversion designed to increase rates of conversion among Israeli citizens who immigrated from the former Soviet Union but who are not considered Jewish according to Jewish law, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Rabbi Nachum Rabinowitz, dean of the Maale Adumim Hesder Yeshiva, will act as the head of the new conversion system, along with several other senior rabbis from the national-religious sector who will act as rabbinical judges on the court.

The Post reports that there are 10 rabbis in total who will serve as rabbinical judges on these conversion courts, including Rabbi David Stav, chairman of the Tzohar rabbinical association; Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, chief municipal rabbi of Efrat, Rabbi Yaakov Medan, a co-dean of the prestigious Har Etzion Yeshiva in Alon Shvut; and Rabbi Raam Hacohen, chief municipal rabbi of the Otniel settlement and dean of the Otniel Yeshiva.

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  1. I assume that you are accusing the choice for Chief Rabbi – Rav Stav, rosh yeshiva at Gush Rav Medan and Rav Rabinowitz of creating a churban. I cannot fathom how desperate the form of Judaism you espouse has become.

  2. Other than the general statements saying this is really good or really bad. Can anyone define what rules this group will be applying and how it differs from the Rabbinate

  3. Well to me, based on what I have seen and heard, whoever they are megayer are not jewish. My children will not marry into their families and they are gentiles for all intents and purposes.

  4. We should be looking for quality not quantity. There is plenty of Erev Rav in Tel Aviv already. If somebody wants to misgayer for real, let them take time and individual attention; this is not to be mass produced.

  5. Why a churban? Any group of three rabbis can perform a conversion. It is pshat gemara. And this group of rabbis is unusuallly learned.