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Jan
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revised How is giyur le’chumra different from a standard conversion in practice?
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Jan
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comment What forms of evidence do batei din accept to establish that someone is Jewish?
It's difficult to accept at lots of levels. It's strange when our friends (the State of Israel) and our enemies (anti-semites) class us as Jews but we, uniquely, reject our own.
Jan
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asked How is giyur le’chumra different from a standard conversion in practice?
Jan
25
comment What forms of evidence do batei din accept to establish that someone is Jewish?
@Ariel That nytimes article is fascinating. Thanks!
Jan
25
comment What forms of evidence do batei din accept to establish that someone is Jewish?
@Michael In my scenario your parents and grandparents are non-Orthodox. So you produce your birth certificate and your parents' ketuba and you are rejected on the grounds that your parents' ketuba is non-Orthodox. There is nothing in the list that I can see that can be used instead. Are you saying you just can't prove you are Jewish in this case?
Jan
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Jan
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asked What forms of evidence do batei din accept to establish that someone is Jewish?
Jan
24
comment Why does someone wanting to get married need to show an Orthodox ketubah from a maternal ancestor?
@Fred Thanks. The sticking point here is what these "other ways for a non-Orthodox Jew to demonstrate that they are Jewish by Orthodox standards" could be. But that is perhaps a topic for another question.
Jan
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Jan
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accepted Why does someone wanting to get married need to show an Orthodox ketubah from a maternal ancestor?
Jan
23
comment Why does someone wanting to get married need to show an Orthodox ketubah from a maternal ancestor?
@Fred I am assuming a non-orthodox person is likely to have non-orthodox documentation.
Jan
23
comment Why does someone wanting to get married need to show an Orthodox ketubah from a maternal ancestor?
@SethJ No slur intended. I think judaism is robust enough to cope with questions from all fours sons.
Jan
23
comment Why does someone wanting to get married need to show an Orthodox ketubah from a maternal ancestor?
@BruceJames Thanks. That's very useful. Could you put it as an answer?
Jan
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Jan
23
comment Why does someone wanting to get married need to show an Orthodox ketubah from a maternal ancestor?
@Curiouser That's very interesting. Thank you.
Jan
23
comment Why does someone wanting to get married need to show an Orthodox ketubah from a maternal ancestor?
@Aryeh That's interesting. So the Israeli Rabbinate will accept a non-Orthodox ketubah where the Orthodox beth din in my country won't it seems.
Jan
23
revised Why does someone wanting to get married need to show an Orthodox ketubah from a maternal ancestor?
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Jan
23
comment Why does someone wanting to get married need to show an Orthodox ketubah from a maternal ancestor?
@SethJ If this is not a universal rule for Orthodox judaism then that is interesting. The central beth din apparently also holds the line that a Conservative ketubah is not sufficient evidence. So it's not just one Rabbi.
Jan
23
comment Why does someone wanting to get married need to show an Orthodox ketubah from a maternal ancestor?
Thanks for this. So it seems that at least this Orthodox Rabbi (and apparently the central beth din) doesn't accept a Conservative ketubah and so won't allow someone with only this evidence to have an Orthodox wedding. As a result my friend can't have children who will be accepted as jews by the Orthodox community either it seems. For me that is the same as their saying that a Conservative jew is not a jew at all which rather contradicts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_is_a_jew#Halakhic_perspective in practice. I also can't believe this important question has been downvoted three times!
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revised Why does someone wanting to get married need to show an Orthodox ketubah from a maternal ancestor?
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