Jonathan Leavitt, originally from California, made aliyah -- the migration to the Jewish state -- this year. Stocky, with blue eyes and a laid-back manner, Leavitt says he came to Israel to serve in the Israeli Defence Force because he believes in the homeland of the Jewish people.
But when Levitt arrived in Israel, he was told that despite having a letter from his rabbi and having been bar mitzvahed, for Israeli Jewish law he was not Jewish enough.
The problem? Leavitt's mother was not born a Jew, but converted. This isn't an issue with liberal Jews; however, for Israel's dominating ultra-Orthodox, the converted and their children are not recognized as Jews.
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