Conversions by non-Jewish Israeli soldiers have tripled, the army said. According to Chaplaincy Corps figures released this week, 612 soldiers — most of them immigrants from the former Soviet Union — completed their conversions in 2004, more than three times as many as the year before. The specialized Orthodox conversions within Israel’s military take around six months.
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