Rabbonim Reach Hachlatah On IDF Conversions


rav-ovadiah-yosefChacham Ovadia Yosef has authorized a number of senior rabbonim to add clarifications on his behalf to his controversial ruling which legitimized conversions performed in the Israel Defense Forces.

The addition is said to be accepted by leaders of the Eida Hachareidis as well as Maran Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv. A mass machaah had been planned for Wednesday.

 According to the compromise – brokered by former Shas Chairman Aryeh Deri – Rav Yosef added a restriction to his ruling, stating that a convert who did not really intend on adopting a religious lifestyle while undergoing the conversion process would not be recognized as a Jew.

Former Minister Deri delved deeply into the matter on Thursday night. He formed a team of three senior Sephardic rabbonim – Rav Shalom Cohen, Rav Reuven Elbaz and Rav Moshe Tzedaka – who conducted the negotiations between the parties.

 Today, after a meeting at his home with the mediating rabbonim, Rav Yosef authorized them to deliver the clarification of his ruling.

{Read more at Ynet/Matzav.com}


  1. Nothing changed in Rav Ovadia’s psak. What was clarified was obvious to anyone who knows Rav Ovadia’s Psakim. Unfortunately, there are those who did not know his psakim and assumed that he didn’t mean what was stated in the clarification. The clarification was only issued to enforce Shalom in Klal Yisrael.


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