Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Anussim II

Dear Friends,

I have received several responses, in comments as well as emails, to my statement regarding anussim. I would like to clarify my position on this topic a bit further, responding to all of the contributors simultaneously.

First of all, I must emphasize that I am ignorant of the specific histories of the communities that some of you have described, so I am in no position to determine the personal status of their members. A comprehensive and thorough investigation of all relevant facts - an investigation which, I understand from your comments, is already underway - would have to be completed before any competent rabbinical decision could be rendered. My remarks about the subject of anussim in the posts on this blog have been, and continue to be, purely hypothetical in nature.

When it comes to matters of Jewish law, we must adhere strictly to the principles of the Written and Oral Torah, applying them to the evidence available. The halacha, or Jewish law, only recognizes a person as Jewish if we have proof that his or her mother is Jewish. Otherwise, that person must undergo a conversion. Our sympathy with the plight of the anussim communities cannot overrule the standards that the Torah has established.

Although the original anussim were forced to convert against their will, the fact remains that, in some communities, the converts or their descendants later intermarried with non-Jews and their offspring may not be Jewish according to the Law.

Of course, as I mentioned in my first post, it all depends upon the facts of the case. If a community, aware of its anussim status, preserved its identity and never intermingled with the local non-Jewish population after their "conversion", there would be no doubt as to their status as Jews. This may be the case in the communities of which you speak, and this would be the reason why some Sephardic rabbanim may have endorsed their Jewishness.

Again, it is not the Jewish identity of the original converts that is in question. The original converts remained Jewish no matter what. A Jew who converts to Christianity or Islam or any other religion is still a Jew, and does not need to undergo any process to return.

The only issue is whether the descendants of the converts intermarried because, as generations passed, they began to forget that they were originally Jewish. This is the problem faced by the Spanish individuals of Jewish descent who subsequently assumed fully Catholic identities and lost all connection with Judaism, except for a few isolated rituals whose meaning they no longer remembered.

So, in conclusion, if a person has clear proof that his maternal line is 100% Jewish, he or she does not require conversion.

I hope this clarifies my position. I wish all of you the best of success in your study and observance of our Torah.


Rabbi Maroof


jasa seo jogja said...

asus tablet information...
asus fonepad
harga asus fonepad
asus fonepad harga
harga asus fonepad di indonesia
beli asus fonepad
ASUS Fonepad tablet 7 inch

jasa seo jogja said...

collection of cool car wallpaper cool

car wallpapers
sport car wallpaper
cars wallpaper
cars wallpapers
free car wallpaper
hd car wallpaper
cool car wallpaper
car wallpaper download
car wallpapers for desktop
free car wallpapers
muscle car wallpaper
free car games
fast cars wallpaper
ferrari car
ferrari for sale
ferrari price
ferrari cars price
ferrari sports cars
hd cars wallpaper

read more seo said...

haji umroh information..

info haji
informasi haji
rukun haji
biaya umroh
paket umroh
manasik haji
ibadah haji
travel umroh
umroh murah
haji dan umroh

crystal x said...

no doubt like you really gifted in this regard. but honestly it was not my talent but I admire your talents. what if you are interested in women's health please visit crystal x nasa and Crystal X or manfaat crystal x

Agus Putra said...

On this occasion I will explain Apa Itu Manfaat Payudara Kecil Wanita and Bagaimana Cara Memperbesar Ukuran Payudara..? payudara kecil actually very beneficial for women because women can be members freedom to perform various kegitana without having to feel uncomfortable because the breasts are rubbed or touched. Also in the field of women's fashion can benefit because they can wear almost all kinds of clothes and bra. But if you want to add a little or a lot ukurang breast. We can do a Olahraga Untuk besarkan Payudara such as push-ups, pull-ups, etc. In addition you can also use Ayla Breast Care Untuk Besarkan Payudara , This cream can accelerate the growth of the breast becomes firmer and larger. This method can NDA combine.
Apart from the appearance of the inside of the course should be treated not the True Way Vaginal care is crucial for intimate areas are not attacked by diseases such as vaginal discharge, itching "and odor. Even Kanker Serviks . But no need to panic now Cara Mencagah Kanker Serviks already available. Such foods do routine maintenance and using Crystal X . Manfaat Crystal X Atasi Keputihan and cervical cancer has been proven in addition to the Efek Samping Crystal X a positive effect, namely the effect penyemubuhan. Thus and thanks Crystal X