MembersIsrael Recognizes Baptized Christian Woman as a Jew, If…

A ruling by Israel’s rabbinical courts has instructed the Interior Ministry to register as a Jew a woman who had been baptized a Christian.

By David Lazarus |
Christian woman
Photo: Louis Fisher/Flash90

The Orthodox Jewish radio station Arutz 7 reported that a Jewish-born woman from a remote village in the former-Soviet republic of Georgia recently went to her local rabbinical court and demanded that she be identified as a Jew in order to immigrate to Israel, despite the fact that she and her children are baptized Christians.

Born to a Jewish mother and married to a Gentile, the woman says she has maintained a Christian lifestyle since childhood, and refuses to undergo the Orthodox Jewish halachic process of returning to Judaism, as is customary for anyone who wants to be officially recognized as a Jew.

The regional rabbinical court rejected her request to register as a Jew, and would not even permit her to undergo the ceremony to return to Judaism (if she so chose) based on the clear evidence that the woman continues to live as a Christian together with her Christian husband.

Frustrated, she went to the top, appealing to the Rabbinical Court of Jerusalem. After long...

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