Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Chief rabbi freezes all conversions to Judaism in protest of planned reforms

Chief Rabbi David Lau told the prime minister Tuesday that he will not approve any future conversions to Judaism as long as the government continues to advance a plan to ease the process and dilute the Chief Rabbinate’s control over it.

Lau’s move, which drew condemnation and demands that he be fired, came as Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana pushes reforms on some key religion and state issues, including conversion and kosher certification.

Kahana’s proposed legislation would allow for conversions outside the auspices of the Chief Rabbinate, authorizing municipal rabbis to supervise the process.

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