'If only we could bring 2 million more Jews'

Ashkenazi urges more aliah at event to commemorate conversion of soldiers to Judaism.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
September 30, 2007 21:53
1 minute read.
Ashkenazi good AJ pic

Ashkenazi 298.88. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Every IDF soldier should bring 1,000 Jewish immigrants to Israel and maybe it will be possible to bring two million more Jews, IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi said Sunday in a speech he delivered in the "2,000th Convert" ceremony. The event, in Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's succa, was held to commemorate the conversion of 2,233 IDF soldiers to Judaism. The conversion program, known as Nativ, is a joint effort of the IDF, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Ministry of Absorption. Olmert hosted 36 immigrant soldiers who were in the process of completing an official conversion course as part of their army service. In his speech, Ashkenazi emphasized the great knowledge the converts acquired during the program. "If only every native Israeli who has grown up here will possess the knowledge and the Jewish and national pride of the graduates of this course." Ashkenazi went on to say that the conversion of immigrants was a "national mission that the IDF has taken upon itself with the encouragement of the prime minister." During the event, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that "we must strive for much higher numbers that these 2,000 converts who have completed the course." Barak expressed hope that soon "the rabbinic institution will reinforce the (more lenient) approach of Hillel on conversion." "Israeli citizens have an "obligation to help immigrants complete their journey of connection to our roots," he added.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town

By SHARON UDASIN