Following the announcement of an alternative beis din for giyur, prominent dati leumi rav, Rabbi Chaim Druckman Shlita, warns any giyur system permitting one to bypass the Chief Rabbinate of Israel will lead R”L to Reform conversions.
Rabbi Druckman told the media that giyur must remain in the exclusive control of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Rabbi Druckman explains while some rabbonim will adhere to halacha, others will not and once the Chief Rabbinate loses exclusive control, giyur will be open to all, and not just the Orthodox.
Druckman states that the Chief Rabbinate is run by chareidi askanim and it may very well be that next time around the community will have to make sure to elect different chief rabbis but the fact remains giyur must remain in the exclusive hands of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)