IDF Chief Rabbi Brigadier-General Rafi Peretz defends IDF conversions to yiddishkheit, explaining the historic p’sak halacha by Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef Shlita gives the backbone to the military giyur.
The rav’s ruling legitimized the conversions of over 5,000 people who are now recognized as Jewish as a result of the IDF giyur. Peretz explains “That p’sak made them an integral part of our people, and set a historic stake”.
Rav Yosef wrote his p’sak after meeting with the vaad rabbonim that he appointed to investigate the giyur.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)