Rabbi Locks Door To Conversion, Keeps Key In His Pants

Haaretz reports,

It is hard to imagine a more embarrassing situation in which to find an exclusive ultra-Orthodox organization – a group that was a standard-bearer in the fight against “breaches in the wall of conversion” and “the penetration of complete gentiles into the vineyard of Israel.”

These breaches pale into insignificance in comparison with the accusations against the man who heads the organization itself: according to the claims, Rabbi Leib Tropper of Rockland County abandoned the apparently stringent Halakhic standards of his Haredi organization and established a conversion process based on his most private impulses.

A report in the New York Post earlier this week revealed a sensational story about “a prominent Orthodox rabbi has been caught on tape discussing his apparent love affair with a shiksa he was converting to Judaism.”

The woman involved is 32-year-old Shannon Orand of Houston, who still seeks to convert from Christianity to Judaism. The bulk of the report deals with embarrassing comments that the rabbi made during a phone call, during which he was recorded demanding the woman perform a number of sexual services for himself and his friends in exchange for granting her a conversion certificate.

Rabbi Tropper’s stated goal in founding the Eternal Jewish Family was to “fortify the walls of conversion,” amid an ideological debate between the Haredi and national camps in Israel. …As such, the doors of senior Haredi officals were thrown open to him…. because of his efforts and comments against conversions by the Conversion Authority, against the “infiltration” of gentiles into the people of Israel.

Full story.

(HT to Tzemah for story and title.)

Filed under Conversion, Ethics, Hareidim, Sex

2 Responses to “Rabbi Locks Door To Conversion, Keeps Key In His Pants”

  1. And the best part? “The Satmar guy.”


    David A.M. Wilensky · December 25th, 2009 at 8:52 pm
  2. Danya, I somehow missed the title to this post at first. Very funny.


    David A.M. Wilensky · December 25th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

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