6/04/2006

More on Giyur: The Infamous List

1) Another less-than flattering article on the conversion issue, this time from the Forward.

2) Overheard on Shavu’ot: During a shiur on Megillat Rut, the question was raised – didn’t Machlon and Khilyon convert Rut and Orpah before marrying them? If so, why did Na’ami try to turn them away upon their return to Judea?

Answer from the back of the crowd: They were RCA conversions!

3) Recognized Rabbinical Courts for Conversion – it appears that this is ‘the list’ that several articles referred to. It’s a very interesting list, to say the least, but I’ll let you evaluate for yourselves. From here. Hat tip: Malka Esther

Australia
Rabbi S. Gutnick, Rabbi Baruch Lashs (apparently, retired and left Sydney), Rabbi Moshe Gutnick

Italy Rabbi Elihu Toaff, Rabbino Alberto A. Piatteli Rome
Rabbi G. Garelik Milan

Argentina
Rabino Shlomo Ben Hamu

Brazi
l Rabbi E. B. Valt

United States of America
Rabbi Y. Grumer, Rabbi J. Blum Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwarz, Rabbi Y. Weinkrantz, Rabbi Shmuel Fuerst Chicago, Ill.
Rabbi Ilan D. Feldman, Rabbi S. Khoshkrman Atlanta, Georgia
Rabbi Hillel Klavan
(now retired) Washington D.C.
Rabbi S. Maimon
Seattle, WA
Rabbi Menachem Senderovic
Milwaukee, WI
Rabbi Neta (sic) Greenblat Memphis, TN
Rabbi Sholom Rivkin
St. Louis Missouri
Rabbi I.M. Levin
Southfield, MI
Rabbi Abraham Halbfinger
Boston, MA
Rabbi Y. Rotenberg, Rabbi M. Feldman
(retired to Sydney, Australia – AR)Baltimore, MD
Rabbi E.M. Teitz Elizabeth N.J.
Rabbi Yonah Reiss, Rabbi Yehuda Korczak, Rabbi Elimelech Bluth, Rabbi Aaron Stein, Rabbi S. Herbst, Rabbi C. Kohen, Rabbi Chaim Ganzwieg, Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag, Rabbi Mencahem Zilber, Rabbi Abraham Izdabye, Rabbi Yosef Heller, Rabbi A. Hatchuel, Rabbi S.J. Landesman, Rabbi Peretz Steinberg
New York
Rabbi David Lehrfield North Miami Beach Florida
Rabbi A. Brisman
Philadephia PA
Rabbi Abraham Union, Rabbi G. Cohen Los Angeles, CA

Belgium
Rabbi Eliyahu Sternbuch, Rabbi Yitzchak Tuvia Weiss, Rabbi David Leiberman, Rabbi J. Cohen Antwerp
Rabbi I. Chaikin Brussels

United Kingdom
Rabbi Chanoch Ehrentreu, Dayan E. Pdwa, Rabbi Y. Lichtenstein London
Rabbi Y. Refson Leeds
Rabbi G. Kraus Manchester

South Africa
Rabbi Moshe Kurchak Johannesburg

Holland
Rabbi Meir Just Amsterdam

Venezuela
Rabbi Yizchak Cohen Caracas

Turkey
Rabbi David Asseo Rabbi Yitchak Chaliba Istanbul

Mexico
Rabbi S. Tawil Rabbi D. Malech Rabbi Smolienski

Morocco
Rabbi Shimon Suissa Casablanca

France
Rabbi Yaacov Medar, Rabbi Nissim Ravivo, Rabbi Mordechai Rotenberg Paris
Rabbi J. Tubul Lyon
Rabbi Mordechai Zekbach, Rabbi S.A. Schlesinger Strasbourg

Canada Rabbi A.D. Niznick Montreal
Rabbi M.Z. Ochs
Toronto

Russia Rabbi Pinchas Goldshmidt Moscow

Switzerland
Rabbi Shaul Briish, Rabbi Daniel Levi Zurich
Rabbi Yisrael Levinger
(apparently, retired to Israel) Basel
Rabbi A.Y. Schlesinger Geneva
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