According to the Jewish Week, the Rabbinate recently put a young, observant man (who was converted as a child), through the seven fires of Hell before allowing him to marry. This was despite the fact that the head of the Bet Din of America, R. Gedaliah Schwartz, certified the validity of the conversion. In the end, the conversion was recognized. However, as the Rabbi in charge of conversion certification put it: '“a conversion will not be automatically recognized just because Rabbi Gedalia Schwartz says it’s OK. ”
If this story is accurately reported, it is not only a vicious and abhorrent slap at at outstanding Talmid Hakham, R. Schwartz. It is not only a violation of 48 Torah prohibitions against oppressing a convert. It is not only another, now less unprecedented violation of the integrity of fully comnstituted Battei Din. It is a flagrant betrayal of the concordat between the RCA and the Rabbanut.
Now, other sources assert that the case is all the result of a misunderstanding. I trust that that is true. The trouble is that the long record of disregard and disdain that far too many Israeli Haredi members of the Rabbanut display toward American Gedolim and Talmidei Hakhamim (staring with the Rav זצ"ל and even, mirabile dictu, Reb Moshe Feinstein זצ"ל, lends credence to the concern that this will not be the last of such misunderstandings. These people have an agenda. [Indeed, if I am correct, the rabbis who was quoted as not respecting R. Schwartz, has carried on a campaign of delegitimation against young, YU type rabbis.] At best, American Orthodox rabbis, especially YU musmakhim are in for a very difficult time in the foreseeable future.
It is clear, that a significant portion of, and the powers Ha that stand behind, the Haredi dominated Rabbanut is out to delegitimize everyone but themselves. I see no other way. The Israeli Chief Rabbinate must be ignored, and another system of Battei Din and Community Rabbis be established. In this, I agree with Rabbi Benny Lau, who was interviewed in the sane issue of the Jewish Week.
I am sitting in Prague, as I write this. This community was the scene of more than a few controversies that tore Jewry apart. I am well aware of the implications of that which I am advocating. However, this sort of flagrant בזיון התורה and בזיון תלמידי חכמים can't be ignored. Let these so-called rabbis be like their predecessors in the 2nd cent. BCE and seclude themselves in Qumran/Bnai Brak/Meah Shearim. We'll go on and spread Torah and Halakhah and Yirat Shamayim, for the greater glory of God.