Vaad Harabbonim: ‘No Room for Knesset Interference in Geirus’

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jewish-intermarraige“There is no room for the Knesset and MKs to deliberate conversion, which is clearly a halachic issue,” said a spokesman for Vaad Harabbonim LeInyonei Giyur, in reaction to ongoing anti-Jewish remarks by¬†Education Minister Gidon Saar, who has now announced his opposition to the Conversion Law, which states that only the Orthodox Rabbinate is authorized to conduct conversions.

“I will oppose the Conversion Law, which will harm relations with world Jewry,” said Saar at the Jewish Agency’s Board of Directors meeting. “The Government of Israel will not tolerate any attempt to harm the special relations between the State of Israel and world Jewry. Despite the disagreement, we will remain a single people, a single family,” he added.

In response Vaad Harabbonim LeInyonei Giyur, founded by HaRav Chaim Kreiswirth zt”l, released a statement saying, “Conversion is clearly a halachic process, and only conversion in accordance with the holy Torah passed down to us since Mt. Sinai, which relates how converts are to be brought into Klal Yisroel, can determine who is a Jew. There is no room for the Knesset or Members of Knesset to deliberate these patently halachic issues, and no MK has the authority to even speak about it. The conversion process must be exclusively in the hands of prominent rabbis who reach decisions based on the rulings of the Shulchan Oruch, in accordance with the tradition handed down through the generations.”

{Deiah veDibur/Matzav.com}

7 COMMENTS

  1. Dear Ben Torah,

    Once again you enjoy casting aspersions on people that you know nothing about. My comment above was edited. The only criteria should be halachah. whether it be lekulah or lechumrah and the converts themselves. As in all of halachah, there is not one standard. Those who seek what would be the highest standards for others will seek the most minimal standards for themselves. Stop playing petty politics with other peoples lives. I think its time that your post name should no longer be called Ben Torah, but Ben ToEyva. Everything that you express is an abomination to Torah, Yiras Shomayim and basic menschlichkeit.

  2. But Saar is making a mistake. If the State manages to legalize fake conversions, we will cease to be one family. Rather, chilonim will be suspected of being gentiles. Even halachically there will be a 50-50 chance, because since there are certainly gentiles among them, kol kavua k’mechtza al mechtza dami.

  3. HOW DOES BEN TORAH KNOWWHAT THE CONVERTS INTENTIONS ARE?
    HOW DOES MR. BEN TORAH KNOW WHAT MITZVOT THE CONVERT KEPT OR DID NOT KEEP?
    IS BEN TORAH THE BOCHEN CLAYOT OR THE DAN YECHIDI?
    IS MR BEN TORAH PLAYING THE ROLE OF G-D HIMSELF?
    IS BEN TORAH PRACTICING AVODAH ZARAH BY SETTING HIMSELF UP IN THE ROLE OF G-D ALMIGHTY?

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