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February 02, 2013

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Expatriate Owl

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

A. Nuran

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

do it right

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

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?

dh

Good one, Sarek

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

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