Thursday, January 13, 2011

Bnei Brak rabbi accused of arranging illicit conversions


The battle of anonymous mudslinging between Lithuanian haredi elements and champions of Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shlomo Amar in the wake of the latest conversion controversy rose a notch on Wednesday, with pashkevilim (street notices) plastered in Bnei Brak charging a local, senior rabbi of converting a woman “for the intent of marriage, which is prohibited according to the Torah’s law.”

The unnamed rabbi supposedly headed a panel in the framework of the haredi Beit Din Zedek so the convert could marry a relative of his. This, according to the unnamed Amar supporters behind Wednesday’s notices, is proof of the hypocrisy of the Ashkenazi haredi camp, which recently slammed the chief Sephardi rabbi for his rumored intention to approve IDF conversions.[...]


  1. I hope no forced treesomes this time.

    Why rabbi Amar's supporters do not bring up Tropper and his haredi Ashkenazi enablers. ?

  2. Hi, I used to comment on your blog, perhaps a year or two ago, especially regarding giyyur.

    This link is important enough that I thought it would be worthwhile to call it to your attention:

    Or in English here:

    The ramifications are both halakhic (what is kabbalat ha-mitzvot) and political (it turns out that Rav Amsalem was completely right despite what they did to him and his pressure by citing Rav Ovadia's past opinions contributed to the positive result).

    Shabbat Shalom


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