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Why? So they can exclude children who don't meet their standards? Yeah, that'll increase the population of practicing Jews.

No, so that they can make sure that those who are learning, in what i presume is an orthdox day school, are in fact Jewish. You may disagree, but at its heart there is a very real epistemic problem here. Judaism is not taken lightly and in order to keep an unbroken tradition going, it must be checked at every stage. I think it is terribly unfair to raise a non-jew as a Jew, given the hardships and constraints that the faith imposes. It is vital to establish that a kosher geirus was performed in the case of a convert; otherwise you may bring about unwitting intermarriages by those who simply assumed that the boy or girl they met at yeshiva/orthodox day school was Jewish. We're not aiming for increased numbers, we just want to get it correct.

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