Judea and Samaria residents excluded from Rabbinate elections

Religious Services Ministry determines representatives from Judea and Samaria not be members of assembly to elect Chief Rabbinate Council.Mordechai Sones, 8/6/2018, 8:24 PM

'The Rabbinate does not appeal itself to Israelis'

Rabbi Chaim Amsalem says Chief Rabbinate has become anti-Zionist, has no right to exist if it cannot solve assimilation issue.Hezki Baruch, 7/20/2018, 1:14 AM

Forbidden by Rabbinate yet approved by Tzohar

Chief Rabbinate informs public: Artichoke forbidden for consumption by Rabbinate served in restaurant holding Tzohar kosher certification.Mordechai Sones, 7/18/2018, 6:16 PM

Tzohar kashrut: 'People vote with their feet'

Head of Tzohar kashrut responds to AG's decision against private kosher authorites, says Chief Rabbinate 'fears competition'.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/13/2018, 11:19 AM

Tzohar's kashrut agency suffers a major blow

Attorney General rules restaurants cannot display certificates from kashrut organizations other than the Chief Rabbinate.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/12/2018, 8:24 PM

Is the Rabbinate on a power trip? I don't think so

If there is a lack of popular support for the Rabbinate, that does not mean that the Rabbinate is wrong in its decisions. Harry Maryles, 7/8/2018, 8:15 AM

MK Smotrich calls for investigation against Hashgacha Pratit

Jewish Home MK calls on State Prosecutor to investigate rabbinic group for 'encouraging lawbreaking.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 6/28/2018, 5:19 PM

Supreme Court temporarily blocks deportation of Ugandan Jew

Ugandan man who converted under auspices of Conservative movement given temporary reprieve from deportation.JTA, 6/14/2018, 8:42 PM

Tzohar is wrong: We need a national kashrut system in the Jewish State

Response to Rabbi Eliezer Melamed's article in favor of the Tzohar private kashrut initiative established to compete with the Chief Rabbinate's official nationwide certification in an attempt to replace it.Rabbi Baruch Efrati, 6/4/2018, 1:48 PM

Hospitals refuse to check visitors for chametz

Several Israeli hospitals refuse to follow Chief Rabbinate guidelines to ensure no chametz is brought in over Passover.JTA, 3/28/2018, 8:41 PM

'Tzohar shows contempt for law with new kashrut authority'

Chief Rabbinate angered at rabbinical group for establishing alternative kashrut authority.Arutz Sheva Staff, 2/26/2018, 5:17 PM

Liberal rabbis: Don’t blame the Chief Rabbinate – blame yourselves

Liberal Open Orthodox, Conservative and Reform rabbis who do not adhere to the Chief Rabbinate's standards in halakhic issues should not expect their recognition.Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 2/21/2018, 10:36 PM

Religious Services Minister requests security for Chief Rabbi

Chief Rabbinate complains to police for incitement to the murder of Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef by Hamas terrorists.Ben Shaul, 2/8/2018, 4:44 AM

IDF Chief of Staff refuses to meet with Chief Rabbi of Israel

Sources tell Arutz Sheva IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot is boycotting Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, cancelling planned meeting with him.Ido Ben Porat, 1/21/2018, 9:59 PM

'Dividing Western Wall for the Reform will divide the people'

Head of Ateret Cohanim says Chief Rabbinate must approve any change at Western Wall, site must be respected as a synagogue.Benny Toker, 1/14/2018, 9:18 PM

Jerusalem Chief Rabbi asks to extend his term

Rabbi Shlomo Amar submits request to Chief Rabbinate Council to extend his term for another five years.Chaim Lev, 1/7/2018, 5:13 AM

Survey: 98% of Jewish baby boys in Israel are circumcised

New survey shows most parents care about mohel's qualifications and experience, and will likely use the same mohel for their next son.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/27/2017, 1:00 PM

MKs call on Rabbinate to change Temple Mount stance

Knesset lobby, rabbis, and activists say Chief Rabbinate should not prohibit Jews from visiting Temple Mount.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/26/2017, 7:15 PM

'A slippery slope towards harming Shabbat throughout the state'

Chief Rabbinate says Shabbat, one of the most important issues in Judaism, cannot be ruled upon by Supreme Court.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/30/2017, 5:43 PM

Why did 'kosher' Burger Ranch remain open over Sukkot?

Chief Rabbinate explains why Ben Gurion Airport branch of popular fast food store allowed to remain open on holidays and Shabbat.Gary Willig, 10/5/2017, 8:44 PM

Former Chief Rabbi may become former rabbi

'Currently examining denial of various rabbinical qualifications given him by Chief Rabbinate of Israel.'Mordechai Sones, 8/28/2017, 10:18 PM

Chief Rabbinate: Supreme Court overstepped authority

Chief Rabbinate says Supreme Court cannot force alterations at Western Wall plaza.Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/21/2017, 10:00 AM

Civil marriages? Most Israelis prefer the rabbinate

Poll shows 71% of Israelis - and 60% of centrist Yesh Atid voters - want marriage to remain under the Chief Rabbinate's auspices.Arutz Sheva Staff , 8/16/2017, 1:21 PM

What is the Chief Rabbinate's role in the Jewish State?

The 9th of Av period is a time for unity and understanding – the lack of which caused the destruction of the 2nd Temple. Perhaps this article can contribute to understanding on an issue which is being used to cause division in the Jewish world. Rochel Sylvetsky, 8/1/2017, 10:29 PM

Chief Rabbinate: We have no 'blacklists' of US rabbis

Director-General of Chief Rabbinate tells Knesset committee 'blacklist' of Diaspora rabbis not an official Rabbinate document.Hezki Baruch, 7/26/2017, 1:03 PM

Rabbinate clarifies: There is no 'black list'

Chief Rabbinate says private list was never meant to be any sort of blacklist.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/17/2017, 9:21 PM

Will leading rabbis be exempted from rabbinic ordination exams?

Chief Rabbinate aims to reinstate 'Torah scholars' exemption from standard Rabbinate exams.Ben Shaul, 7/17/2017, 10:30 AM

'The Chief Rabbinate cannot serve only a tiny minority'

Rabbi Yuval Cherlow says Chief Rabbinate cannot adopt only the most extreme interpretations of Jewish law, serve only a small group.Eliran Baruch, 7/13/2017, 4:59 PM

Chief Rabbinate’s ‘blacklist’ of American rabbis released

JTA obtains so-called 'blacklist' of 160 rabbis from around the world whose conversions are not recognized.JTA and Arutz Sheva, 7/9/2017, 6:59 PM

Chief Rabbi: Heads will roll over leaking of rabbinic blacklist

Rabbi David Lau promises consequences for senior rabbinate official who publicized list of 160 'blacklisted' Diaspora rabbisHezki Baruch, 7/9/2017, 6:10 PM

MK Glick: I respect the Chief Rabbinate

Likud MK says his remarks critical of position of rabbinate on Western Wall deal misrepresented as attack on Chief Rabbis.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/9/2017, 4:02 PM

Deri calls halakhic state threat 'One big lie'

Deri answers Reform attacks and criticism from Jewish Home ministers: 'I established Chief Rabbinate? Rabbi Kook established it.'Mordechai Sones, 7/3/2017, 4:39 PM

Former Chief Rabbi convicted of fraud

Former Sephardic Chief Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron convicted of giving out fake rabbinic ordination certificates.AFP and Arutz Sheva, 5/15/2017, 8:34 PM

Haredi MKs push to recognize only Chief Rabbinate's conversions

Bill rejecting all conversions in Israel not performed by Chief Rabbinate is 'against Jewish law,' claims Rabbi Seth Farber.JTA and Arutz Sheva, 5/15/2017, 8:27 AM

'Cancel the Western Wall reform plan'

Haredi parties and Chief Rabbinate call on government to cancel deal granting Reform movement prayer space at Western Wall.Arutz Sheva Staff, 1/29/2017, 6:49 PM

'It is time to separate the Chief Rabbinate from politics'

Rabbi David Stav, the Chairman of the Tzohar organization, says downfall of former Chief Rabbi not surprising, rabbinate harmed by politics.Benny Toker, 1/26/2017, 7:30 PM

Rabbinate committee to recommend Kashrut improvements

Rabbinate Kashrut system must have national standard, Chief Rabbinate Director says, adding that current system is confusing and wasteful.Hillel Fendel, 1/17/2017, 1:00 PM

Committee set up to determine criteria for recognition of rabbis

One of rabbis who rejected Rabbi Haskel Lookstein's conversions in July joins committee to determine standards for recognition of rabbis.Gary Willig, 12/14/2016, 9:08 PM

Chief Rabbinate to create standard for overseas conversions

Chief Rabbinate commits to creating standards for recognizing rabbis it trusts on conversions,including the Rabbi who converted Ivanka TrumpJTA and Arutz Sheva, 12/7/2016, 9:56 PM

Chief Rabbinate and Vatican: reverse UNESCO decision

A joint committee of the Israeli Rabbinate and the Vatican issued a statement calling on world leaders to reverse the Jerusalem UNESCO vote.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/30/2016, 6:38 PM

Entire rabbinical court to rule on divorce case

Unprecedented full rabbinical court to decide on divorce case for a woman whose husband has been nine years in a comaShlomo Vile, 11/20/2016, 1:22 PM

Rabbinate to allow women to enter the Mikvah without attendant

The Ministry of Religious Services published an announcement today changing the protocol for ritual bathhouses in Israel.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/6/2016, 2:57 PM

Chief Rabbinate: No compromises on holiness of Shabbat

Chief Rabbis publish special statement following brouhaha over Israel Railways construction on Shabbat. 'We are not like other nations.'Hezki Baruch, 9/8/2016, 7:34 PM

Haredi Mayor opposes appointment of Religious-Zionist Rabbi

In a letter to the Israeli Rabbinate, Mayor of Beitar Illit protests the appointment of a Religious-Zionist Rabbi to the city.Ben Shaul, 7/18/2016, 10:24 PM

Israeli Rabbinate: We still recognize Lookstein conversions

Despite Wednesday's ruling by Supreme Rabbinical Court, Chief Rabbinate reaffirms its recognition of Rabbi Lookstein's conversions.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/14/2016, 2:12 PM

Thoughts on the Conversion mess

R. Haskel Lookstein’s conversions, Ivanka Trump’s halakhic status, demands by “Open Orthodox” rabbis for Israel to recognize their private decentralized conversions, wildcat actions of outlier rabbis - and the unity of the Jewish People. Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer, 7/13/2016, 11:24 PM

200 protest Chief Rabbinate's rejection of Lookstein conversion

MKs, former students protest Chief Rabbinate's decision to reject conversion performed by American Rabbi Lookstein.JTA, 7/7/2016, 11:27 AM

Israeli Rabbinate accused of 'slapping converts in the face'

Harsh words at demonstration over rabbinate's refusal to accept prominent American Rabbi Haskel Lookstein's conversions.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/6/2016, 11:56 AM

Report: Rabbinate to privatize Kashrut supervision

Proposed new plan would reduce Rabbinate's role to regulator of Kashrut, in dramatic departure from current statusShai Landesman, 6/26/2016, 9:27 AM

'You registered through Tzohar? You're not Jewish'

Investigation reveals Haifa rabbinate officials denied marriage licenses to couples, claiming they were non-Jews.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/12/2016, 11:04 AM

Conversion ruling dents Chief Rabbinate's control of ritual

Supreme Court decision on Jewish conversion changes almost nothing, but down the line, it could change a lot.Ben Sales, 4/4/2016, 9:35 PM

IDF snubs the Chief Rabbinate

In shocking first, top IDF brass refuses to invite Chief Rabbis to take part in event. Latest move distancing Jewish identity from army.Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/18/2016, 8:35 AM

Exposed: Deri's attempt to seize the Chief Rabbinate

Arutz Sheva has learned Shas head Deri is trying to pick next Chief Rabbinate director, against position of Chief Rabbi Lau and protocol.Hezki Baruch, 3/9/2016, 1:52 PM

'Alternative conversion courts are conflict of interest'

Religious organization Hotem against city rabbis participating in alternative conversion courts.Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/8/2016, 11:47 AM

Ex-Prime Minister's ruling on Kotel authority

In discussion over authority transfer for new Reform prayer space, Chief Rabbi brings Levy Eshkol's words from after the Six Day War.Shlomo Piotrokovsky, 2/21/2016, 5:14 PM

Israeli TV show 'desecrates' synagogue, Torah scroll

Chief Rabbinate fumes over 'desecration' of synagogue and Torah scroll portrayed on popular Israeli TV show Eretz Nehederet.Hezki Baruch, 2/14/2016, 1:11 PM

Rabbinate child support ruling is 'a revolution in divorce law'

Prominent divorce attorney: complete equality between men and women in child support is just a matter of time.Attorney Yossi Hershkowitz, 12/7/2015, 10:24 AM