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.
If the panel found the candidate fit for conversion, a formal rabbinic court (bet din) of traditional rabbis would perform the conversion.
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.
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.
He regretfully admitted that his trial balloon for a joint Bet Din
including all 3 groups had collapsed.
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.
In considering what often happens in interfaith enterprises, I am all too often reminded of the contrast between an advocate, speaking his or her own case, and a traditional method for convening a Bet Din
for arbitrating certain types of arguments.
These include the revival of the Oral Torah, in the form of a recognized Great Court (Bet Din