UTJ Rabbis meet to decide on conversion compromise

By MATTHEW WAGNER
March 25, 2009 21:06

 
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United Torah Judaism's rabbinic leadership is expected to meet on Wednesday night to discuss a possible compromise in proposed conversion reforms that would allow the party to join the government coalition. The meeting is slated to take place at the home of Rabbi Yitzhak Zilberstein, a prominent Bnei Brak-based halachic authority. Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, the preeminent halachic authority for the Lithuanian Yeshiva world and Zilberstein's father-in-law, announced this week that it was forbidden for UTJ to join a government that intends to implement reforms aimed at making the conversion process easier.

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