Conversion In Israel and In The Diaspora – Rabbi Barry Gelman

Occasionally I write another blog called Piskei Darom. It is dedicated to to sharing Piskei Halacha (religious rulings) and to the exchange of ideas about Pikei Halacha.

Please follow this link to my latest post on a fascinating Teshuva (the entire Teshiva is available there) of Rabbi Shlomo Goren comparing conversion in Israel to conversion in the Diaspora. Rabbi Goren argues that the establishment of the State of Israel changes the way conversion should be approached in Israel.

The connection to Morethodoxy is that Rav Goren’s offers a Psak that considers a changed historic reality to be a major factor in the decision – a key feature of Modern Orthodoxy.

2 Responses to Conversion In Israel and In The Diaspora – Rabbi Barry Gelman

  1. Mr. Cohen says:

    Tanna DeBei Eliyahu Raba, chapter 29, paragraph 15:
    A person who converts to Judaism in order to marry a Jew is comparable to a mule (chamōr, the stupidest of all animals).

    Babylonian Talmud, tractate Shabbat, page 56B:
    Rabbi Yehudah taught in the name of [Rabbi] Shmuel:
    In the hour that [King] Solomon married the daughter of Pharaoh [who had converted to Judaism], the angel Gabriel created Rome [which later persecuted Israel brutally].

    Babylonian Talmud, tractate Yebamot, page 24B:
    No converts to Judaism will be accepted in the era of the Messiah.

    Babylonian Talmud, tractate Yebamot, page 24B:
    No converts to Judaism were accepted in the era of King David and King Solomon

    Babylonian Talmud, tractate Yebamot, page 109B:
    Evil after evil will come upon those who accept converts.

    Babylonian Talmud, tractate Yebamot, page 109B:
    Rabbi Chelbo taught: Converts are as difficult for Israel as a skin disease.

    Babylonian Talmud, tractate Kiddushin, page 70B:
    Rabbi Chelbo taught:
    Converts are harmful to Israel as sapachat [a kind of supernatural leprosy].
    RASHI explains: They are not careful with mitzvot and those who are near them regularly are drawn after them and learn from their deeds.

    Babylonian Talmud, tractate Bechorot, page 30B:
    If a Gentile is prepared to accept the Torah, except for ONE religious law, we do NOT accept him. Rabbi Yosi ben Judah says: Even if he rejects one of the laws of the Sages.
    NOTE: Tosfeta, tractate Demai 2:6 replaces the word Gentile with the word convert.

    Babylonian Talmud, tractate Niddah, page 13B:
    Our Rabbis taught: Converts and Meshachkin BeTinokot delay the arrival of the messiah.

    Minor Tractates of the Talmud, Tractate Gerim, chapter 1, law 7:
    Anyone who converts to Judaism for the sake of [marrying] a Jewish woman, or fear, or love [of money] is NOT a convert…
    Anyone who is NOT converted from purely religious motives is NOT a convert.

    Midrash Tanchuma, Parshat Emor, chapter 11:
    The Golden Calf was built by converts.

    Yalkut Shimoni, comment on Shemot, chapter 12, remez 213:
    When a man converts to Judaism because he wants to marry a Jewish woman, the Holy One Blessed Be He says to him:
    You converted because of a nebelah [the carcass of an animal that is not kosher because it was not slaughtered correctly].

    Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook, Daas Cohen on Yoreh Deah #154:
    “Therefore it is wonderful what you and the other holy rabbis [of Argentina] have done in making and strengthening the boundaries in Argentina where there is a great breakdown in the walls and there is a great number of gerim who are not sincere – and you have decided not to accept gerim at all.

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