Middle Israel: Modern Orthodox rebels with a cause

‘God,” said two of the Talmud’s sages, “exiled the Jews among the nations only so they will be joined by converts.”

Others saw things entirely differently, most notably the notoriously strict jurist Shammai, who chased away would-be converts whom his flexible and affable adversary Hillel welcomed.

Faced with our generation’s influx of semi-Jewish immigrants, the Chief Rabbinate, and with it the ultra-Orthodox establishment that had conquered it, have followed Shammai’s lead, so much so that of some 300,000 partially Jewish immigrants who arrived here in recent years, hardly one in 10 has been converted.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/International/Middle-Israel-Rebels-with-a-cause-412097

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