Lest anyone think that most Jews agree with Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet’s insensitive (and downright nasty) opinion piece in The Jewish Chronicle calling for fellow Orthodox rabbis to stop performing conversions, Miriam Shaviv, the foreign editor at the paper, responds with a piece called “An offensive conversion ‘solution.'” In the piece, she defends converts (and Judaism itself) against what she calls a “global Orthodox conversion system” that is “broken.”
Thank you, Miriam, for giving so many of us converts a voice with your piece. So many converts, including myself, were waiting for Jews-by-birth to respond to this Schochet’s disgusting and incredibly hurtful editorial, an editorial that questions our very right to exist as Jews and extended to the right of our families to exist and be part of the larger Jewish community. I sincerely hope that your editorial will ring louder and truer than Schochet’s, which honestly scared the crap out of many converts I know.
Schochet and some terribly misguided rabbis in Israel should not by no means be interpreted as the voice for all or even most Orthodox Jews, much less Orthodox rabbis…haredi or modern.