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February 02, 2013

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Convert Confidential

This is a very interesting article and scenario to read about. I was under the impression that the strict rules about conversion to Judaism in Israel had more to do with the question of who is a Jew and what qualifies as a real Jewish conversion from a religious standpoint and less to do with the government in a classic sense. I'm converting to Reform Judaism in the United States, and while I will be accepted in Israel as a Jew, I'd have to convert within Orthodox Judaism if I were in Israel. You can read about my process converting to Judaism on my blog: www.convertconfidential.com

dh

Good one, Sarek

Sarek

("Who Are You", The Who)

Who is a Jew? Who who who who?
Who is a Jew? Who who who who?
Who is a Jew? Who who who who?
Who is a Jew? Who who who who?

I decide to make aliyah
The rabbis said not so fast
We first have to make very sure
That you’re not in a lower caste

I took El Al to Ben Gurion
Back to the Promised Land
I flew all the way here from Brooklyn
But now I don’t understand

Well, who’s a Jew? Who who who who?
I really wanna know
Who’s a Jew? Who who who who?
Tell me who’s a Jew? Who who who who?
Cause I really wanna know
Who’s a Jew? Who who who who?

Now they say I have to convert
Cause I’m not Jewish enough
I have to become a Torah expert
Or my aliyah they will rebuff

I have to become their kind
A devout kind of Jew
Dip myself in the mikvah
I must be made brand-new

Well, who’s a Jew? Who who who who?
I really wanna know
Who’s a Jew? Who who who who?
Tell me who’s a Jew? Who who who who?
Cause I really wanna know
Who’s a Jew? Who who who who?

do it right

everyone can breathe easily now that the pimp tropper is out of that business.

A. Nuran

A government bureaucracy dedicated to its stated mission with transparency and no profit motive is cleaner and more accountable.

Expatriate Owl

Private enterprise can accomplish things with better efficiency than can a government bureaucracy.

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