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Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid replies to Mark Wilf, chair of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federations of North America, as part of the 2021 General Assembly (GA) Leadership Lab, Oct. 6, 2021. Source: Screenshot.

Taking jab at previous government, Lapid aims to prioritize relations with Diaspora Jewry

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Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said Israel’s government would highly prioritize its relationship with Diaspora Jews, differentiating itself from the government of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He made the statements during a Jewish Federations...
The biblical Ruth in Boaz's Field by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

‘Your people will be my people’: A Shavuot shout-out to Ruth’s ‘daughters’

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“You shall love the convert for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” — Deuteronomy 10:19 There was a moment some 2,500 years ago when a recently widowed Moabite princess refused to abandon her aging mother-in-law...
The Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem on May 4, 2020. Photo by Oren Ben Hakoon/POOL.

Religious pluralism won’t be achieved in the courts

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Reactions to this week’s Israeli Supreme Court ruling about recognizing the validity of conversions to Judaism by non-Orthodox denominations are all out of proportion to its actual significance in terms of the number of those affected...
Israeli Supreme Court president Esther Hayut and Supreme Court justices arrive to petition against the Jewish Nation-State Law at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem on Dec. 22, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Landmark decision recognizing non-Orthodox conversions performed in Israel sparks fierce debate

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Israel’s Supreme Court handed down a bombshell decision on Monday recognizing Reform and Conservative conversions for those seeking to obtain citizenship. The result has caused an uproar in Israel and within the Jewish Diaspora, with some saying it...
Supreme Court of Israel

Conversion cannot be taken lightly

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The dramatic ruling on Monday by Israel’s High Court of Justice, ordering the state to recognize non-Orthodox conversions, evoked natural outrage in the haredi community—for how does the court dare weigh in on a religious tradition?...
An illustrative photo of a judge. Credit: Zolnierek/Shutterstock.

Dramatic conversion ruling inflames Israel’s political debate

Israel’s High Court of Justice sparked controversy on Monday with a landmark ruling on non-Orthodox conversion, evoking outrage on the right and accolades from the left. Right-wing parties panned the decision ordering the state to recognize Reform and...
Esther Hayut, president of Israel's Highest Court, the Supreme Court, March 14, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Israel’s High Court: Reform, Conservative conversions in Israel valid for ‘Law of Return’

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The Israeli Supreme Court on Monday issued a bombshell ruling that recognized conversions by the Reform and Conservative movements in Israel, therefore enabling Israeli citizenship under the “Law of Return.” The 8-1 ruling, which ended...
Eleven Bnei Menashe couples who immigrated to Israel from northeastern India were remarried in a group ceremony near Netanya after completing their formal conversion to Judaism by the Chief Rabbinate, Feb. 3, 2021. Photo by Laura Ben David, courtesy of Shavei Israel.

Bnei Menashe couples from India remarry near Netanya

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Eleven Bnei Menashe couples who immigrated to Israel from northeastern India were remarried in a group ceremony at Shavei Israel’s absorption center near Netanya after completing their formal conversion to Judaism by the Chief Rabbinate. The 11...
Amy reading her first bracha. Credit: Courtesy.

‘And your God will be my God’: For one Jewish convert, the wait is...

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“I’m so thrilled to be a part of B’nai Israel and to have finally found my place with the Jewish people, after nearly 30 years of asking and searching.” These are the first words Amy...
Lady Kitty Spencer. Source: Screenshot.

Lady Kitty Spencer, Princess Diana’s niece, is reportedly converting to Judaism

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Lady Kitty Spencer, the niece of the late Princess Diana of Wales, is converting to Judaism to marry Jewish fashion tycoon Michael Lewis. It will be the second marriage for Lewis, a South Africa native...