Israel’s Interior Ministry is refusing to recognize a woman and her toddler son as Jewish and is demanding that in addition to a full conversion, the two-year-old must undergo a “repeat circumcision.”
The woman converted to Judaism in the past in one of the world’s most prestigious ultra-Orthodox courts, and has already been recognized as Jewish by the Chief Rabbinate.
The Interior Ministry is insisting that the two repeat the conversion process, arguing that the woman chose to turn to a private court rather than to the national conversion system. The boy will be required to undergo “hatafas dam bris” (to have a drop of blood extracted from the makom hamilah) and the woman will be required to be toivel.
On Tuesday, the High Court of Justice was to discuss a petition filed by the Itim association, which is helping the family in its battle for recognition. The family’s representatives, attorneys Prof. Aviad Hacohen and Elad Kaplan, point to the fact that one of the State’s arms, the Chief Rabbinate, confirms the conversion under its exclusive authority, while the other arm, the Interior Ministry, rejects the conversion without any authority. Read more here.