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Europe’s Jewish Growth

In the Jerusalem Post article, Rabbis stunt Europe’s Jewish growth, rabbis from all over Europe discuss the problems they face when converting non-Jews to Judaism. The article talks about the lack of Jewish infrastructure in certain areas of Europe as well as the Israeli rabbinate’s attempts to control conversion worldwide.

“Former French chief rabbi Joseph Sitruk agreed. “To convert someone who will be the lone Jew in his area is to put a stumbling block before the blind. How can you keep Torah and mitzvot (commandments) alone?” he asked.”

It sounds like there are some really tough conversion issues in Europe. And from what I learned from word of mouth in Israel from European prospective converts there, it is almost impossible to convert in Europe. Many of the converts find themselves moving to Israel and America where they expect their conversions to run more smoothly.

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