In the high strung divide between the religious and secular in the State of Israel, few stories express the point of conflict more than the “brother & sister” saga of the Langer children. Seemingly they were mamzerim and consequently unable to have a Jewish marriage. The question then arose if their father was a convert to Judaism or remained a non-Jew. The controversy spilled over from the confines of the Rabbinical court to public and even political discourse. Rabbi Shlomo Goren convened a new Bais Din and enabled them to marry. This brought the fury of the establishment Rabbis against Rabbi Goren, and the great controversy continued to boil for some time.
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