Friday, June 12, 2009

Proof is important, class - and it's a tool the Chief Rabbinate will use against you.

Yes, actually, they do complicate things - this is just another volley in the Jewish Civil War.

Jerusalem Post
Jun 11, 2009 22:14 | Updated Jun 11, 2009 22:30
Chief Rabbinate: New regulation doesn't complicate conversion

...According to the regulation, if a non-Jew seeks to convert in order to marry a Jew whose parents were married in Israel, the Jewish partner must prove to an authorized dayan, or religious court judge, of the special conversion court that he or she is Jewish...

Now, if a Reform Rabbi gets someone into Israel on a "letter of certification" of their Jewishness, and that person gets married in Israel, is that "proof" to the Chereidi Court that a person or the child who is now trying to get married is Jewish? I'm betting not.

...According to a section of it referring to the Jewish partner whose parents married in Israel, the regulation states, "If the parents of the [Jewish] partner were married in Israel by a rabbi authorized to register marriages, the candidate for conversion will provide documents as requested to a dayan of the special conversion court who has been especially authorized by the chief rabbi, to prove the Jewishness of the partner."

Farber was particularly concerned about the regulation calling for the provision of "documents" to prove the Jewishness of the convert's partner when the partner's parents were married in Israel. In the past, he said, it was enough for a Jewish Israeli to provide the parents' marriage certificate issued by the Chief Rabbinate as proof of his Jewishness.

"The fundamental assumption of the regulation is that the Jewishness of anyone involved in a serious relationship with a non-Jew who wants to convert is questionable," said Farber.

He added that by asking for additional documents, it appears that "a marriage certificate issued by the Chief Rabbinate is not recognized by the Chief Rabbinate itself."

Farber was also upset by the provision in the regulation whereby the chief rabbi would authorize only certain rabbis to examine the partner's documents. He charged that this was one more bureaucratic obstacle on the way to conversion.

Which, obviously, is the entire intention of the regulation - to cast apsersion on the parents of non-Chereidi Jews and the person who would marry a convert.

...Asked what the regulation meant when it stipulated that the Jewish partner would have to provide "documents" to prove his Jewishness, Ya'acobi said, "It is customary to provide the mother's marriage certificate, but it can't be ruled out that the dayan will ask for other documents."

We have to wonder: what "other documents" will that be, and will anyone other than Chereidi actually have access to them? Again, the probability is low.

Non-Chereidi communities in the Diaspora do not take these problems seriously, but they should.

1 comment:

SJ said...

Who would want to go to Israel anymore, it's going further and further into Halachastan.