I am a huge proponent of Aliyah. I believe
I would like to list a few things the Orthodox community would do well to remember:
- The Chief Sephardic Rabbi (Orthodox) of
changed his requirements for conversion without informing American Orthodox rabbis. Israel
- Orthodox Judaism has not had a unified standard of conversion.
- There are arguments about conversion between ultra-orthodox, modern orthodox and haredi orthodox sects.
Who gave him the right to decide part and parcel who is a Jew and who is not? If
“Hey we go around wearing black coats and pants, black shoes and tie, black hat and a white shirt! The only way people can tell us apart from the Amish is to note that hidden under our black hats are Kippot! We’re the ones that are REALLY Jewish.”
Now, I realize that is a rather inflammatory description of the Orthodox community, but honestly it grates on my nerves to no end that they presume to be the only standard bearers for the correct interpretation of the Torah. And that carries over to standards of conversion.
But now, it’s not just standards of conversion that are at issue. It’s whether converts to Judaism should be able to automatically become Israeli citizens after they convert?
My position is this:
- Why not? These people made a choice to become Jews.
- These people want to live AS Jews in
. How much more Zionist can you get? Israel
- That’s MORE Zionist and more jewishly patriotic than those in the Orthodox community in
which doesn’t believe Israel even has a right to exist, and doesn’t serve in the IDF because the Moshiach didn’t set the nation up himself! Israel
I know. I haven’t been observant my whole life, but I’ve known converts that adhered to halakhic requirements ten times more than I did, and I was born to a Jewish mother. (My dad was an Irishman.)
Oh man, I’m only HALF Jewish! But I guess I get into the brotherhood by the skin of my teeth and by halakhic law because my Mom is Jewish. Yet I tell you a lot of converts DESERVE the title of Jew more than many of us who are born as Jews if religious observance is the definition of a good Jew.
(Or should I say…Orthodox religious observance?)
And yes, notice I said “converts.” Not just non-Jews that live like Jews but have not converted. I know the difference.
More than that, I wonder just how “pure” the blood is of most Jews in the world today. Probably not very. Throughout the history of the people of
That’s right. The Moshiach has a convert as an ancestor. *GASP!*
I doubt sincerely that Ruth had to go through an “Orthodox” conversion to become a Jew. No, in fact she merely made a statement saying:
Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:
Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if aught but death part thee and me.
Ruth, 1. 16
And from the
WHITHER THOU GOEST I WILL GO: to the tent of testimony, to Gilgal,
Nope, no mention of Orthodox conversions there. Just statements signifying her intention to BE a Jew and to join herself to the people of
Let me tell you something else Rabbi, these converts in modern times, yes those JEWS you don’t recognize, will strengthen Israel, will serve in the Israeli Defense Forces and will protect your old rear-end when it comes down to conflict.
See, they don’t have a problem in recognizing that being Jewish is more than a matter of your birth.