Storm Erupts Over Conversion Bill in Israel

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -

The Israeli government endorsed on Sunday the highly contentious conversion bill, over the strenuous objections of the chief rabbis and the chareidi parties.

The bill, which grants authority to municipal rabbis to establish their own conversion courts, seeks to take responsibility for the conversion process away from the chief rabbinate.

All of the ministers voted in favor, except MK Uri Ariel (Jewish Home).

MK Elazar Stern (Movement), who sponsored it thanked his “friends from Movement, Yesh Atid, Yisrael Beitenu, Labor, Meretz and Kadima” for passing it.

In response to an inquiry by Hamodia, the spokesman for Harav Yitzchak Yosef, the Chief Sephardic Rabbi, said that the decision “is not acceptable to the Chief Rabbinate because it deceives the convert and will do the converts an injustice.” Harav Yosef will convene the Council of the Chief Rabbinate to decide how to respond to the decision, he said.

Full coverage of this story will, iyH, appear in Hamodia’s Weekly edition.,