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Conversion To Judaism: A Discussion Of Standards


We teach that the ways of Torah are pleasant and all its paths are peace. We must also strive to live by this ideal – which indeed should be our uniform and universally accepted standard.

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A recent Jewish Press editorial commented on an article I wrote for the Jerusalem Post calling for a reevaluation of the role of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate. The editorial provided an excerpt of my article, including my critique of the Chief Rabbinate’s extreme position on conversion to Judaism. It then raised an important question: why didn’t I entertain the need for a uniform standard? “We need to hear his [Rabbi Angel’s] views regarding the consequences of an absence of universal acceptance of halachic legitimacy…”

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