Amar warns PM he'll shun responsibility for all conversions

By JONAH MANDEL, REBECCA ANNA STOIL
November 30, 2010 23:50

 
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Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shlomo Amar on Tuesday warned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that if the latter did not prevent “the passing of the bill to disconnect the conversions conducted in the military from the Chief Rabbinate,” he would consider himself no longer responsibility for any matters pertaining to conversions.



Amar, who in his capacity of head of the rabbinic courts is charged with supreme authority over conversions, wrote to Netanyahu that he has learned the premier is firm in his intention to approve the bill penned by Israel Beiteinu Mks David Rotem and Robert Ilatov, which passed the ministerial committee for legislation on Sunday.



The chief rabbi reminded Netanyahu of the conversation they had over the weekend and the letter from Sunday, in which he expressed his objection to the bill, which came into being after Amar formed a committee to advice him on accepting the validity of the military conversions by issuing his signature to the final certificates, a duty that had been disregarded in the past years.


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