This move, we believe, will help foster in Israel a less coercive Orthodoxy and worldwide will embrace all of our people as part of Am Yisrael, with a shared past and shared future.
Multiple, non-halachic conversions will create a deep, irrevocable gap between the Jewish community of the State of Israel.
Half a century of legal precedents left the HCJ with virtually no room for discretion.
RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS: The ruling, as significant as it may be, does not solve the question that has dogged the country since its establishment: Who is a Jew?
MIDDLE ISRAEL: The Law of Return has lost its historic rationale and should now be replaced with a naturalization process much like the rest of the world’s nations.
The Supreme Court decision has the potential to bring us closer, allowing Jews from all streams to feel part of the destiny of Am Yisrael.
Readers of The Jerusalem Post have their say.
Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, said the decision "reflects the diversity and vibrancy of Jewish life in Israel and around the world.”
High Court historic decision enrages the Chief Rabbinate and Orthodox political parties.
Lerner grew up in the Grand Concourse neighborhood of the Bronx and attended Columbia College starting at age 16.