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The validity of a recent rabbinic court ruling that undid the nullification of
conversions and restored the Jewish status to two converts is being challenged
by none other than the two women who had petitioned the High Court of Justice
against the rabbinate, after two rabbis deemed their conversions via the State
Conversion Authority under Rabbi Haim Druckman invalid.
For months the
High Court had refrained from ruling that Ashdod’s municipal rabbi and Rabbi
Avraham Sherman of the High Rabbinical Court had no authority to revoke
Druckman’s conversions, which were conducted under the auspices of the state and
the Chief Rabbinate. The rationale was that the court’s approval of the
conversions would have no halachic validity, and could create future problems
for the petitioners, who would be forever marked as those whose Judaism was
certified by a secular, rather than by a rabbinic court.
A few weeks ago,
the Tel Aviv Rabbinical Court ruled that the conversions were indeed valid, and
Attorney- General Yehuda Weinstein also informed the court that the rabbinical
edicts undoing the conversions were invalid.
On Sunday, however, the
petitioners demanded that the court conduct a definitive hearing on the validity
of Druckman’s conversions, to decide on the fundamental question of whether a
rabbinic court had the authority to annul a conversion.
write that the Tel Aviv Rabbinical Court did not explicitly cancel the ruling of
the High Rabbinical Court, and most likely hasn’t the authority to do so, and
therefore, they still fear that they and their children might not be able to wed
Refraining from conducting a hearing on the larger issues at
hand, the petitioners said, could enable future recurrences and keep the
community of converts in constant uncertainty over their status.