High Court: State Must Pay for Circumcisions of Non-Orthodox Converts

The justices based their decision on the need for equality and "respect for religious freedom."

Reform Jews Get Snippy on Adult Circumcision Funding in Israel

High Court, Government, clash over financing non-Orthodox adult circumcisions.

Israel Seeking Annulment for Muslim Convert Suspected of Gaming the System

On the day of his declaration as a Jew, he approached the Islamic Sharia court and remarried his Muslim ex-wife.

Report: Coalition to Amend ‘Grandson Clause’ in Early 2023

In two months, Bezalel Smotrich is going to submit a bill amending the Law of Return to yank out the halakhic gentiles.

Haredim Fold, Gentile Paternal Grandchildren Can Keep Coming In

The Haredim quit the fight, deserting Religious Zionism.

Meet Religious Zionist Simcha Rothman, Ben Gvir’s Moderate Ally

“We want to restore the system through evolution, not revolution.”

First-Ever Certificate of Jewish Ancestry Launched

The certificate is something which a growing number of those with Jewish ancestry have suggested would be an enormous sense of pride and identity for them.

Inscription in Beit Shearim Burial Cave Reveals the Deceased: Yaakov the Convert Who Warned...

This is not only the first inscription revealed in Beit Shearim in the last 65 years, but it is also the first that explicitly mentions that the deceased is a convert.

Gush Etzion Tenth Grade Girls Orchestrate Wedding for 2 Olim Converts

"They have pure hearts, a real and profound desire to make others happy, and a special light that radiates from their faces."

Liberman’s MK Threatens Chief Rabbi: Approve Conversion Reform or Else

The chief rabbi's office insists he doesn’t trust the new head of the conversion system, Rabbi Benayahu Brunner from Tzohar, never mind the repercussions.

Ministerial Committee Approves New Conversion Law; Reform & Conservative Conversions Protected

Reform & Conservative conversions gain tremendous legal ground under this bill.

Largest UK Jewish Group to Smotrich: ‘Get Back on the Plane, Bezalel, and Live...

Poor Bezalel Smotrich. All he wanted to do was alert the Jewish communities in Europe about what he calls the dramatic changes the Israeli...

Smotrich Launches Anti-Conversion Reform European Tour

MK Smotrich is traveling to Europe to share his own perception of the Matan Kahana conversion reform.

‘We Will Not Accept Converts Under New Reform,’ Israel’s Sephardi Chief Rabbi Warns

“We call on the religious services minister to not heed the uninfluential rabbis, to wake up,” says Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef.

Kahana Submits Conversion Reform Bill Abiding by Strict Torah Law

For the first time: the law will stipulate that the conversion in the state conversion system will operate in accordance with Torah law.

Leaked: Minister Kahana’s Reform Bill Allows Conversions Outside Chief Rabbinate’s Reach

The new law allegedly sets mitigating threshold conditions for rabbis who will convert outside the framework of the Chief Rabbinate.

Chief Rabbi Launches Nuclear Option Against Kahana’s Giur Reform

MK Yulia Malinowski (Israel Beiteinu), Chairman of the Knesset Religious Services Committee, is about to submit her version of a conversion bill to a preliminary vote.

Ben Gvir Pushing to Revert Law of Return to Include Only Halachically-Recognized Jews

According to Ben Gvir, the biggest threat to the Jewish character of Israel is the fact that the legislator has yet to define the word "conversion" in the Law of Return.

Zionist Rabbis Turn on Yamina Minister, Confirm Chief Rabbinate’s Supreme Authority on Conversions

It should be interesting to see Religious Service Minister Matan Kahana getting back on his feet after this near-knockout.

Religious Services Minister Kahana: Repeal Law of Return’s Grandchildren’s Clause

It isn't clear why the right to immigrate should also include distant family members of a Jew who have no affiliation with Judaism themselves.

Haredim Slam Religious Services Minister Kahana for Allowing Local Conversions

Shas Chairman MK Aryeh Deri, in an interview on Radio Kol Chai, referred to Kahana and Naftali Bennett (Yamina) as Hellenized Jews, always a good slur for Chanukah.

And Now for Something Completely Different: Yair Lapid May Be Tied to Messianic Jews

A request for comment from Yesh Atid was refused on the grounds that this is a personal matter. Well, yes and no.

Wednesday, Minister Kahana Also Reformed Conversions

The Conversion Authority in the Prime Minister’s Office provides services to Israeli citizens or permanent residents.

Uproar as High Court Recognizes Reform and Conservative Conversions

MK Mai Golan wrote that the court ruling means that “an illegal infiltrator can undergo a reform conversion in 10 minutes and receive Israeli citizenship.”

Haredim Condition Future Coalition on Override Clause to Erase High Court’s Reform Conversions Ruling

The Supreme Court's ruling does not endanger the 1970 Law of Return, it merely takes it to its logical conclusion.

MK Smotrich Touches Third Rail of Israeli Politics: Amending Law of Return

If anyone in Israeli politics can shoot himself in the foot inside his own tent, it is the heirs of the NRP on the right.

50 Years Late: Rabbinate Recognizes Ethiopian Jews in Israel, Many Ethiopian Jews Aren’t Impressed

Kes Maharat: "We have made sacrifices to keep our Judaism. For us to come to Israel only to be told it is doubtful we are a Jewish – there's nothing more humiliating than that."


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