Monday, May 08, 2006

Modern Orthodox Rabbis Spurned

It became clear at the end of last week that the Israeli Rabbinate was no longer accepting conversions from most modern and centrist orthodox rabbis. A list of 50 rabbis was released and rabbis not on the list are not considered "recognized" by the rabbinate. according to the article which ran in the New York Jewish week:
In what appears to be a direct challenge to the legitimacy of the largest branch of Orthodox Jewry in America, the Chief Rabbinate in Israel is refusing to accept conversions performed by several leading Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) rabbis, the Jewish Week has learned.
This dispute puts many frum rabbis in the same situation that their conservative, reform, and reconstructionist brothers are in. Is it too much to hope that they will join as allies to fight the system by which the state oversees religious issues? Hopefully the modern ortho rabbis will decide that enough is enough and that haredi hegemony has gone on long enough. then again, they might just come up with a way to smooth over this incident without addressing the underlying problem.


At 5/15/2006 , Anonymous rebecca m said...

I'm one of those people who may be affected by this, so I've been following it.
My reaction was exactly that-- a feeling of solidarity with everyone else who gets screwed by the rabbanut.

But in most things I've read, seems MO people are trying to insist on how the case is different from reform/recon/conserv, and discussing how to restore the status quo of MO (but not R/R/C/etc) being "kosher"

Then again, I'd already decided that the overall system of how the state runs religious affairs, has got to go.


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