Israel NPR's Linda Gradstein reports on the escalating battle in Israel between the Orthodox and non-orthodox branches of Judaism over "who is a Jew." Today, Israel's Reform and Conservative Jewish movements went back to court, demanding legal recognition of conversions they perform. They were responding to yesterday's rejection by the Chief Rabbinate of a proposal that would have given non-orthodox rabbis a role in preparing potential converts. The dispute is threatening Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's fragile coalition government, and could undermine support for Israel among American Jews, most of whom are non-orthodox.
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NPR's Linda Gradstein reports on the escalating battle in Israel between the Orthodox and non-orthodox branches of Judaism over "who is a Jew." Today, Israel's Reform and Conservative Jewish movements went back to court, demanding legal recognition of conversions they perform. They were responding to yesterday's rejection by the Chief Rabbinate of a proposal that would have given non-orthodox rabbis a role in preparing potential converts. The dispute is threatening Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's fragile coalition government, and could undermine support for Israel among American Jews, most of whom are non-orthodox.