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For anyone still unsure of whether OBL is really really dead, al-Qaida has now confirmed it: “We stress that the blood of the holy warrior sheik, Osama bin Laden, God bless him, is precious to us and to all Muslims and will no go in vain. We will remain, God willing, a curse chasing the […]

  • re: “In an apparent backtrack, Israel’s chief rabbis say they will now recognize all conversions to Judaism, not just Orthodox ones.”

    This is incorrect. (JTA later corrected their homepage to read: “Israel’s Chief Rabbinate agrees to recognize all Orthodox conversions” – but unfortunately did NOT correct the title of the article.)

    The Chief Rabbinate does NOT recognize non-Orthodox conversions, nor does it recognize individuals as Jews who are not Jewish according to Halacha (namely, born of a Jewish mother).

    Joel Katz