Rabbi Amar: Conversion bill is not political

July 19, 2010 09:40


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Chief Sepharadi Rabbi Shlomo Amar insisted that his words were misconstrued, and declared in Monday morning interviews that he did not intend to get involved in politics by announcing his opinion on the conversion bill.

In an interview with Israel Radio, Amar said that he did not tell the parties what to do, he simply expressed support for the proposed law from a rabbinical perspective."The controversy comes from the realities, and not from me. This is a manufactured crisis - we're not changing anything," in Israel Beiteinu's bill, Amar said in an interview with Army Radio.

"This isn't politics or policy - conversions are halacha [Jewish ritual law]. A man that fears God and loves his fellow man," would support the conversion law, the Amar added.

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