8

As I understand it, during apartheid, the South African government treated the Jews as "white."

Did it ever happen that someone in a different racial group expressed interest in converting to Judaism in South Africa? Could the rabbis have converted them without running afoul of the apartheid laws? Would the synagogue then need different bathrooms for different races? How did this play out?

  • 4
    To the close voter: This is asking about the history of how Halacha was practiced, which IMO makes it history of Judaism, not Jews or Jewish culture, and therefore on-topic. – DonielF Jul 29 at 1:04
  • You sould rewrite the question to make it clearer about the halacha. Additionally, it is a matter of resisting improper laws. Also the question would apply to born Jews such as Ethiopean Jews or other races born Jewish. – sabbahillel Jul 29 at 2:57
  • @DonielF It appears to me that the question is purely historical/political. it also has 4 different questions – Al Berko Jul 29 at 12:05
  • @AlBerko Yes, but there are no close votes as too broad, only off-topic. Do you not see how the question is asking about the historical interplay of Halacha and politics? – DonielF Jul 29 at 14:00
  • @DonielF You're right, it's a matter of wording. If the question was "how was halachic decisions affected by the regime?" I'd pass, but the question focuses on the historical practice, not theory. – Al Berko Jul 29 at 19:07

You must log in to answer this question.

Browse other questions tagged .