A Picture of Judaism in Israel

Is Jewishness a function of religion, culture or nationality? According to the High Court, it is all of them at once.

In a fascinating legal decision that touches on the very core of Jewish/Israeli identity, the country’s supreme legal authority ruled last week that a woman who converted to Christianity and immigrated to Germany could not regain her Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return, even though two Orthodox rabbinical courts – in London and in Tel Aviv – had determined that she was Jewish.

However, in their precedent-making decision, the three justices – Neal Hendel, Elyakim Rubinstein and Hanan Meltzer – gave the woman the option of regaining citizenship if she could prove to the Interior Ministry her renewed commitment to the Jewish people.

Editorial: A path back to Judaism.

I think it is pertinent, especially to the discussions we have in this country about what is an American (in regards to religion)…

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Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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  1. Even more interesting in light of the Lindsey Graham’s proposal to reject the 14th amendment’s right to citizenship of all people born in the U.S. Fascinatingly, the Israeli court allowed the woman to repent (do teshuva) and re-apply to immigrate under the Law of Return.

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