A prospective convert appears before a rabbinical court in Israel. Photo Credit: Jewish Chronicle
In “Why Orthodox Rabbis Must Stop Conversions,” (Jewish Chronicle of London, 2/4/10), as the title notes, Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet tells Orthodox rabbis that they need to stop converting people “for the foreseeable future (except perhaps in special circumstances such as adoptions).”
Expletive! Expletive! Expletive!
Now, I would love to give this rabbi a piece of my mind. What convert wouldn’t? This is one of the most disgraceful things I have read about the current “conversion crisis” and trust me, I’ve read a lot of disgraceful things about it. This piece, in particular, is a disgrace to Judaism and a personal affront to all converts!!!!
Why is it that it’s converts who constantly have to pay because the rabbis can’t get their acts together? Why? Why? Why?
Oh dear, I think I’m going to be sick…from reading this.
And please don’t tell me not to take it personally. I would like this rabbi to stand before me and other converts and read this piece aloud. And then I will tell him truly why I feel like he’s just spat in all our faces. I feel like I have to go wipe the slobber off right now. Also, perhaps if he saw our faces, our reactions, our heartbreak, he would feel a sense of shame.
He writes passionately: “Conversion is the single biggest issue ripping at the fabric of Jewish society. If we persist in our current trend, we will self-destruct.”
But dear rabbi, if the Jewish people self-destruct, it will be because of rabbis like you. Not us sincere converts.
This is not Judaism.
If you want to give Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet a piece of your mind, here are some ways to contact him:
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