Israel’s Conversion Battle, Unpacked

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The Israeli Supreme Court recently ruled the state must recognize Reform and Conservative conversions performed in Israel for the purposes of citizenship. Under Israel’s Law of Return — a foundational Israeli law ever since it was passed in 1950 — Jews are entitled to receive automatic citizenship if they move to Israel.

The question of who should qualify as a Jew under the Law of Return has been debated within Israel and the Jewish world for many years (the original law did not provide a definition of “Jewish” for th...

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