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‘Who is a Jew’ crisis moves into aliyah sphere

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/religion/article/who_is_a_jew_crisis_moves_into_aliyah_sphere_20110217

Thomas Dohlan, who converted to Judaism in an Orthodox Canadian beit din, never anticipated that Israel’s Interior Ministry might question his Jewishness and block his bid to make aliyah. But that’s what is happening because of what appears to be a new policy that gives Israel’s Orthodox-controlled Chief Rabbinate, and not the Interior Ministry, the ultimate authority to decide which Orthodox converts are kosher enough for immigration purposes.

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