‘Yated Ne’eman’ slams Amar for accepting IDF conversions

September 21, 2010 04:05

Lituanian haredi mouthpiece says chief Sephardic rabbi breached "the pedigree and sanctity of the people of Israel."

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Chief Sephardic rabbi Shlomo Amar.

rabbi amar torah 311. (photo credit: AP)

The mouthpiece for the Lithuanian-Ashkenazi-haredi rabbinic leadership slammed Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar on Monday for his recent statement that conversions conducted in the IDF are halachically valid.

“Rabbis and senior rabbinical judges in the Holy Land and Diaspora are openly and firmly protesting the severe breach in maintaining the pedigree and sanctity of the people of Israel, following the chief Sephardi rabbi’s declaration” on the validity of the military conversions, Yated Ne’eman’s Page 2 read.

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Yated represents the Lithuanian branch of the Ashkenazi haredi community, which has been consistent in its objection to conversions that are not in accordance with stringent halachic standards – most specifically an assurance that the converts plan to adhere to Orthodox observance.

Amar’s office had issued a statement on Thursday, following the demand by the Knesset’s State Control Committee, after a State Attorney’s Office representative, Yochi Gnessin, told the High Court of Justice that there may be problems with some 4,500 military conversions.

Amar’s statement said that for years, the IDF rabbinate had been acting to convert soldiers in military conversion courts.

“The chief military rabbis acted in full cooperation with the chief rabbis of Israel, in all matters pertaining to religion and state,” the statement said. “Soldiers who converted in these conversion courts were also wed in keeping with the Halacha for many years by marriage registrars, in accordance with all religious standards.”

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