On our conversion court, or Bet Din, our view of conversion-readiness reflects our mandate.
Anyone who goes through this process before a valid Bet Din receives the spiritual legacy granted by G-d and becomes a full-fledged Jew.
This article will examine and present the position Berkovits adopted on the issue of conversion by first focusing on the application of his thought to the Denver Bet Din project that he inspired.
Berkovits then turns directly to the issue of whether Orthodox rabbis can allow non-Orthodox rabbis to constitute a bet din that the Orthodox would recognize as legitimate for purposes of conversion.
David Bleich adopted towards the question of whether a Reform or Conservative rabbi could sit on a bet din for purposes of conversion, the distinctiveness of Berkovits's position on conversion and his quest for transdenominational unity on this matter is both striking and remarkable.
Having disposed of the objection to a non-Orthodox rabbi sitting on a rabbinic court with an Orthodox colleague for purposes of conversion, Berkovits then asserts explicitly that Orthodox colleagues are wrong who disqualify all Reform and Conservative rabbis from serving on a bet din for conversion.
He recognizes that they might judge these arguments allowing them to be included in the bet din as "condescending.
Curiosity over a family portrait of a rabbi who served in London's Bet Din
(ecclesiastical court), who traveled to Australia in 1830 to arrange a Get (religious divorce) for the British wife of a Jewish convict transported there, led Pfeffer (retired, Hebrew U.
The rabbi rolled up the signed document and presented it to Bruce and said, "On the authority of this Bet Din I give this document to you.
As soon as I had done so the judge said that the Bet Din had been designated by Lorraine Wine to act as her shlichim l'kabala, her agents of acceptance.
He then adds his belief that the convening of the external factors that prompted the new interpretation, and the reinstatement of the power of the Bet Din
, and their ability to find a valid Torah source on which the revision can be based, is not a chance occurrence.