The haredi Chief Rabbi of Ashdod Avraham Sheinman, who is also a dayan (rabbi-judge) on the Chief Rabbinate's Supreme Rabbinic Court, refused to marry a convert he decided was not Orthodox enough. "The reason for [her] conversion is not legitimate to begin with. The woman even told me that she was sorry that she told me the truth [about her current level of observance of Orthodox Jewish law]. The moment a rabbi believes a conversion is not genuine, he cannot permit things to move forward.”
Yeshiva World reports:
Once again, the rav [rabbi] of a city in Israel, in this case Ashdod, has decided not to recognize the Jewishness of a person who was certified in giyur [was converted] by the state [conversion] program and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
Ashdod Chief Rabbi Avraham Sheinman[,] Shlita, a dayan [rabbi-judge] on the Chief Rabbinate of Israel Supreme [Rabbinic] Court has postponed a chasenah [wedding] after determining the bride is not frum [haredi] enough, questioning the validity of her giyur [conversion]. The matter made its way to the desk of Deputy Minister of Religious Services Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, who ordered transferring the case to the jurisdiction of a different local religious council to permit the chasenah [wedding to take place].
Vika [the bride's name] explains that when she went to open a file to prepare for her wedding, Rabbi Sheinman questioned her for 40 minutes, telling her he is pushing off the chasenah [wedding] for three months to provide her time to strengthen her religiosity. After three months she was instructed to return and at that time the rav is quoted as telling her he would decide if he can permit her to wed.
Vika underwent giyur [a conversion to Judaism] in 2004 and she was already married and divorced. When she arrived with witnesses at the local religious council to testify that she is single and may marry, Rav Sheinman asked her to step into her office and began questioning her.
She tells Maariv that questions asked by the rav included (1) Are you keeping tradition? (2) Why did you divorce? (3) Is your former husband shomer Shabbos? (4) Is your daughter religious? (5) and what level of kashrus do you maintain?
Vika is quoted by Maariv adding “When the questions were done he told me as a convert I was not religious enough.” The couple then decided to turn to Rav Ben-Dahan’s office for assistance.
The deputy minister used his authority to circumvent the Ashdod Religious Council and the couple was married two weeks ago. Rav Ben-Dahan is quoted by Maariv stating “this is the reason we are implementing the marriage registration reform, to permit marriage registration on a regional level – for cases just as this one.”
Rav Sheinman is quoted by the Kippa dati leumi [Zionist Orthodox] website adding “The reason for the giyur [conversion] is not legitimate to begin with. The woman even told me that she was sorry that she told me the truth. The moment a rav believes the giyur [conversion] is not genuine; he cannot permit things to move forward.”
Unless, of course, that haredi rabbi followed the opinion of the Ramabam and dozens of other leading rabbis over the past 1000 years who rule that once a conversion is done, the convert is a Jew even if she sins.
But as many scholars assert, today's haredim do not follow normative Jewish law.