How Lenient Should Standards for Conversion to Judaism Be?

There’s an argument for leniency particularly in Israel, where the surrounding society naturally facilitates some form of ritual observance on the part of would-be Jews.

A group of Ethiopian Jews at the Beta Israel School in Addis Ababa on March 14, 2003. Natalie Behring-Chisholm/Getty Images.

A group of Ethiopian Jews at the Beta Israel School in Addis Ababa on March 14, 2003. Natalie Behring-Chisholm/Getty Images.

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Nov. 18 2019
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Rabbi Shlomo Brody, founding director of the Tikvah Overseas Students Institute, is an Orthodox rabbi, a columnist for The Jerusalem Post, and a postdoctoral fellow at Bar Ilan University Law School.


At the end of “The Restoration of the Jewish People,” his wide-ranging and eye-opening survey of the tens of millions around the globe claiming some level of Jewish affiliation, Ofir Haivry declares that it’s time to get serious. Jewish institutions generally, he writes, and the state of Israel and its rabbis in particular, need to think strategically about how to respond to today’s changing modes of Jewish affinity.

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