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Sunday, July 05, 2015 

Conversion reform cancelled just to satisfy Haredi politicians

It's sad this has happened, but a law process that was intended to make Judaism easier for everyone has been repealed, all to please Haredi moonbats:
The government on Sunday repealed the conversion reform law passed just seven months ago, marking a significant victory for the haredi political parties and religious establishment against the decentralization efforts of moderate national-religious groups and advocates of increased conversion for non-Jewish Israelis from the former Soviet Union.

Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky strongly criticism the law’s repeal and indicated that the Jewish Agency would seek to establish an alternative to conversion in Israel, as it announced publicly last month.

[...] The purpose of the law was to raise conversion rates among the immigrant population, and their children, from the former Soviet Union, some 330,000 of whom are not considered Jewish according to Jewish law, and thus prevent future inter-faith marriages in Israel.

These measures, enacted by government order in November last year, were however bitterly opposed by Chief Rabbis David Lau and Yitzhak Yosef and the haredi political parties United Torah Judaism and Shas, who argued that such conversions would not be carried out in accordance with Jewish law. The issue was so important to the haredi parties that reversing the reform was a specific clause in the coalition agreement between Likud and UTJ.

[...] Sharansky said that the Jewish Agency “cannot accept the fact that a matter so vital to the future of the Jewish people and to Israel's existence as a Jewish state is subject entirely to the configuration of the coalition at any given time and to government decisions adopted and then cancelled after each election cycle.”

He added that the Jewish Agency would “act through other means in order to preserve the State of Israel's Jewish character and continue the historic process of ingathering the exiles.”
If they have to take this to court, do so. Shas and UTJ can't be allowed to continue with this awful charade.

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