Wars of the Jews, 21st century edition

Israel ruled that the state must recognize private conversions to Orthodox Judaism that are conducted outside the framework of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate, meaning that a person of non-Jewish birth showing up at Israel’s Interior Ministry with a certificate of conversion issued by any rabbi belonging to the Orthodox stream of Judaism will henceforth be registered as a Jew. 

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Chief Rabbinate in fierce attack on Reform, Conservative movements

As well as its bitter criticism of the Reform and Conservative Movements, the chief rabbinate also protested that it was not consulted on agreement to create prayer section at Western Wall.  On Thursday he accused the non-Orthodox Jewish denominations of “uprooting Judaism,” causing assimilation and intermarriage, and having “no connection” to authentic Judaism.

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Blow to Rabbinate's monopoly as Israel's top Court approves private conversions

In decision that chief rabbi blasts as 'outrageous,' court rules that contrary to current policy, immigrants converting via private Orthodox courts will also be eligible for Israeli citizenship under Law of Return.

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Netanyahu moves to water down Western Wall deal to appease ultra-Orthodox

Responding to political pressure, PM asks bureau chief to hold discussions over the creation of an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall, file recommendations within 60 days.

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Purim greetings from the IMPJ

The month of Adar Bet is upon us and so we prepare for one of the more joyful holidays of the year, Purim. In its midst we stand strong and mourn with the people of Brussels and Istanbul, where Israeli tourists and others were among the dead and wounded in major terrorist attacks,  joining the wave of attacks having hit Europe over the past year (click here to read the IMPJ message following the attacks in Brussels).

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