Israel's rabbinate is starting to persecute Karaites
When is a Jew not a Jew? When he’s a Karaite. Or so says Israel’s chief
rabbinate, which, after 65 years of relative harmony with an ancient
Jewish sect, is reopening an old and bitter schism. In recent months,
rabbis working for Israel’s ministry of religion have deemed Karaite
marriages invalid, fined their butchers for claiming to be kosher, and
demanded that Karaites marrying Orthodox Jewish women should convert,
sometimes having to undergo tavila, or baptism.
“We are already Jews,” protests Moshe Firrouz, a computer engineer who
heads the Karaites’ Council of Sages. “The rabbinate is denying us our
Karaites are Jews who reject the "Oral Torah," and base their faith on the Biblical text alone. In the long run, I'm dubious that Israeli society will allow this persecution to continue.
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