Chief Rabbinate Rejects Venice Conversions

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Venetian Chief Rabbi Scialom Bahbout traveled to the Knesset to protest the Chief Rabbinate’s refusal to recognize his beis din and its conversions, JTA reported.

Director-General of the Chief Rabbinate Moshe Dagan said that although Rav Bahbout’s credibility was not in question, Chief Rabbinate rules disallow the formation of new batei din when others already exist nearby. In this case, Milan and Rome have batei din and are only 186 and 373 miles away from Venice.

Rav Bahbout told the Committee for Diaspora Affairs that he revived the Venice beis din because locals were unwilling to travel so far and it made conversions accessible in the northern Italy.

{Photos: RNS photo by Josephine McKenna}

{Matzav.com}

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  1. “Rav Bahbout told the Committee for Diaspora Affairs that he revived the Venice beis din because locals were unwilling to travel so far…”
    Hmmmm. Says a lot about the commitment of these candidates for conversion.
    If they need to bother to travel to Milan and Rome, then they can’t be bothered to convert to Judaism.

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