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The mouthpiece for the Lithuanian-Ashkenazi-haredi rabbinic leadership slammed
Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar on Monday for his recent statement that
conversions conducted in the IDF are halachically valid.
senior rabbinical judges in the Holy Land and Diaspora are openly and firmly
protesting the severe breach in maintaining the pedigree and sanctity of the
people of Israel, following the chief Sephardi rabbi’s declaration” on the
validity of the military conversions, Yated Ne’eman’s Page 2 read.
represents the Lithuanian branch of the Ashkenazi haredi community, which has
been consistent in its objection to conversions that are not in accordance with
stringent halachic standards – most specifically an assurance that the converts
plan to adhere to Orthodox observance.
Amar’s office had issued a
statement on Thursday, following the demand by the Knesset’s State
Committee, after a State Attorney’s Office representative, Yochi
the High Court of Justice that there may be problems with some 4,500
Amar’s statement said that for years, the IDF rabbinate had
been acting to convert soldiers in military conversion courts.
military rabbis acted in full cooperation with the chief rabbis of
all matters pertaining to religion and state,” the statement said.
converted in these conversion courts were also wed in keeping with the
for many years by marriage registrars, in accordance with all religious
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