Rav Amar: Leave Coalition if Conversion Law Fails


rabbi-shlomo-amarRav Shlomo Amar, the Israeli Chief Sephardic Rabbi, said today that in his opinion, the religious parties in the coalition should leave it if a proposed law regulating geirus is not passed.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said this morning that he opposes the proposed law formulated by MK David Rotem (Israel Our Home). Rotem had obtained the agreement of key religious authorities from different religious streams for the bill.

The bill would determine, for the first time, that the Chief Rabbinate of Israel is the sole body authorized to deal with conversions, so that all recognized Israeli rabbonim could perform conversions, they could not be nullified, but that conversions would be Orthodox i.e. will be carried out after the convert “accepts the burden of Torah and commandments according to Jewish Law.”

“If they were to listen to my advice,” Rav Amar told radio station Kol BaRama, “they would all stand as one person with one mouth and one heart and tell [Netanyahu]: it’s either the Conversion Law or we leave.”

“The Reform Jews are using the diplomatic situation to threaten the Prime Minister,” the Chief Rabbi said. “They sit there [abroad] and they want to dictate our lives [in Israel]. I told the Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, that if G-d forbid the High Court allows a Reform conversion, we will be splitting the nation into two parts.”

“The result would be that one part of the nation would not marry the second part,”┬áRav Amar explained. “This is not a game… this is not a social crisis. This is a tearing apart of the nation into two nations, and the ones who will lose by it are the ones who do not abide by the Torah and commandments. We will not be able to marry them. Such things have happened in the past.”

Read more at Arutz Shevah.

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