Sunday, November 02, 2014

Israel's Cabinet Approves Regulation That Will Ease Conversions To Judaism

In a controversial move, Israel's cabinet today approved an administrative regulation that will permit municipal chief rabbis to create conversion courts.  The Jerusalem Post reports that the new regulation, which is strongly opposed by the Chief Rabbinate and haredi (ultra-Orthodox) political parties, will ease the way for conversion for many Russians  who emigrated to Israel under the Law of Return. The government's action came as the Knesset threatened to pass its own bill. Using the route the cabinet did makes it easier to repeal the decision in the future.