Under the current system, Israelis who wish to convert to Judaism must go before a state-run Conversion Authority, which operates under the supervision of the country’s avowedly Orthodox Sephardic chief rabbi, Shlomo Amar. Amar appoints the members of the authority — only male rabbis, of course — and has the final say on all matters of Jewish law.
Two self-described pro-Israel groups are trading barbs and pointed advertisements in a dispute over the record of Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Pennsylvania.
When the board of the American Jewish Congress decided to suspend its operations, it didn’t give its staff much notice.
A lot of people get second thoughts about tattoos; once you’ve sobered up, that dolphin or “I Love Maria” heart just doesn’t seem as cool. But Daniel Cowart has taken tattoo regret to new extremes. According to The Associated Press, the 21-year-old white supremacist skinhead — who’s awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to federal charges in March — wants to alter the swastika emblazoned on his shoulder, along with the iron cross on his chest, to avoid “unwanted attention” from other inmates.6
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