Thoughts on the Conversion messR. 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.
200 protest Rabbinate's rejection of LooksteinMKs, former students protest Chief Rabbinate's decision to reject conversion performed by American Rabbi Lookstein.
'Israeli Rabbinate slapping converts in the face'Harsh words at demonstration over rabbinate's refusal to accept prominent American Rabbi Haskel Lookstein's conversions.
Report: Rabbinate to privatize Kashrut supervisionProposed new plan would reduce Rabbinate's role to regulator of Kashrut, in dramatic departure from current status
Scandal in Haifa rabbinate, officials suspendedInvestigation reveals Haifa rabbinate officials denied marriage licenses to couples, claiming they were non-Jews.
Conversion ruling dents Chief Rabbinate's controlSupreme Court decision on Jewish conversion changes almost nothing, but down the line, it could change a lot.
IDF snubs the Chief RabbinateIn shocking first, top IDF brass refuses to invite Chief Rabbis to take part in event. Latest move distancing Jewish identity from army.
Exposed: Deri's attempt to seize Chief RabbinateArutz Sheva has learned Shas head Deri is trying to pick next Chief Rabbinate director, against position of Chief Rabbi Lau and protocol.
'Alternative conversions, conflict of interest'Religious organization Hotem against city rabbis participating in alternative conversion courts.
Ex-Prime Minister's ruling on Kotel authorityIn discussion over authority transfer for new Reform prayer space, Chief Rabbi brings Levy Eshkol's words from after the Six Day War.
Israeli TV show 'desecrates' synagogueChief Rabbinate fumes over 'desecration' of synagogue and Torah scroll portrayed on popular Israeli TV show Eretz Nehederet.
Rabbinate 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.
'If Reform kept out, US Jews drop Israel support'US Jewish coalition visits to pressure Israel to create non-observant 'alternatives' to Chief Rabbinate; 'Judaism a universal matter.'
Rabbinate apologizes to Shoham's Rabbi StavAfter kashrut controversy over catering hall in Shoham, Rabbinate admits the city's chief rabbi handled the matter as was required.
Hot tempers between Chief Rabbinate and Rav StavUnkosher products found in Shoham event hall. Rabbinate officials: 'Rav Stav should careful check the kashrut system in his home.'
Report: New Conversion Courts Ease ObligationsAt least one panel of new conversion courts doesn't require declared obligation to observe Jewish commandments, reports Haaretz.
Does Halakha Permit the Demolition of a Synagogue?Despite Defense Ministry budget, Rabbinate approval, Givat Ze'ev rejects new synagogue to replace one demolished by Court.
Chief Rabbinate 'Fighting for its Very Survival'At the grave of Israel's first Chief Rabbi, Sephardic Chief Rabbi urges Opposition leader to 'follow in his grandfather's footsteps.'
Rabbi Riskin Comes Out FightingIn first public speech since speculation over his position, Rabbi Riskin criticizes Rabbinate's conduct, says it's pushing people away.
MK: Conversion Could Help, or Damage, UnityMK Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) said he was satisfied with the decision to reform the conversion system.
Kosher Food Labels Cooking Up a Coalition CrisisFight between Shas and Kulanu could turn into the first major coalition crisis for Binyamin Netanyahu's relatively new government.
Chief Rabbi: Expect Huge Cost Hikes on Meat SoonIsrael could face a major meat shortage for Rosh Hashana due to dispute over honest slaughtering supervision.
Chief Rabbi: Rabbi Riskin Won't Be FiredRabbi Lau bemoans media reports taking Efrat chief rabbi's tenure extension talk 'out of proportion,' says no 'political' motive as claimed.
On the Rabbi Riskin Saga: Don’t Disqualify the Torah ScrollRabbi Shlomo Riskin is a man who raised himself from poverty to dedicate his life to Torah and more - differences in philosophical or even halakhic approaches should not be used to disqualify one rabbi or another.
Bennett: I Will Represent Rabbi Riskin, if NeededEducation Minister Naftali Bennett slammed attempts to unseat Rabbi Shlomo Riskin as Efrat chief rabbi as 'unacceptable.'
R. Druckman: Extend R. Riskin's ContractThe Chief Rabbinate must use its administrative wisely - for it's own sake, said Rabbi Haim Druckman.
Rabbinate Hints May Not Renew Rabbi Riskin's TermThe Chief Rabbinate on Wednesday hinted that it was under strong pressure to remove Rabbi Shlomo Riskin as Chief Rabbi of Efrat
Rabbi Riskin: We Need A Plural Chief RabbinateChief Rabbi of Efrat puzzles over dismissal rumors, notes that Rabbinate is important - but must address non-haredi communities.
Report: Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Faces DeposalSources say Chief Rabbinate looking to get rid of Efrat's veteran Chief Rabbi; Tzohar threatens to fight any moves to do so.
High Court Rebukes A-G over Kashrut SagaAngered Weinstein refused Rabbinate's request for external representation, High Court orders delay in proceedings for Rabbinate to consult.
Chief Rabbinate Responds to AG on Kashrut LawsChief Rabbinate source says published opinion to change law and allow unverified private kashrut certificates will not stand.
Rabbinate: More Pesach Violations This YearWhile many Israelis took the week off for Pesach vacation, the supervisors of kashruth in the Chief Rabbinate were working overtime.
Sources: Chief Rabbinate to Again Oversee ConvertsHaredi party sources said Sunday that they had reached an agreement with the Likud on rolling back recently approved rules on conversion.
On Pesach Eve, Chief Rabbi Calls for Jewish UnityChief Rabbi David Lau calls on Netanyahu to bridge the religious, communal differences between Israelis ahead of holiday, new Knesset.
Rabbi Lau: Don't Harm Judaism Like Last Govt.Chief rabbi congratulates Netanyahu, urges him to form government to 'unify people, honor tradition' unlike the outgoing coalition.
Why Did Chief Rabbinate Change Temple Mount Sign?Sign warning against entrance to holiest site in Judaism changed to only ban entry for ritually unclean Jews; 'the revolution advances.'
Rabbinical Courts: 'Gett' Movie Demonizes UsBatei Din offer a harsh review of the film 'Gett', which they compare to the libelous 'Jenin, Jenin.'
Details Emerge in Yona Metzger Corruption ScandalMillions allegedly pocketed through various schemes with organizations, rabbinical councils; A-G opens case to criminal trial.
Chief Rabbi Lau: Past Govt. Harmed JudaismRabbi Lau hopes next govt. cooperates with Chief Rabbinate official religious authority, doesn't keep forcing controversial legislation.
The Con Version of an American Conversion ScandalThere is no question that Orthodox conversion standards in the US, adopted by the RCA and validated by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel in a magnificent agreement this past summer, have brought sanity and order out of chaos.
MK: Conversion Law Political, Not Religious, IssueStern tells Arutz Sheva about his controversial conversion reforms - and why he thinks Chief Rabbinate may be forced to concede.
Chief Rabbinate Warns of Pita Kashrut Forgery'Dr. Pita' exposed to be using packaging of others, as imported cheese also found to have forged its kashrut certificate.
'Two People, Two Holidays, One Day'Chief Rabbis, Chief Qadis, and Jewish and Arab MKs meet to discuss Yom Kippur and Eid el-Adha.
Chief Rabbis Decry Old City Mass Christian PrayersFor first time since liberation of Old City, mass Christian prayer at southern wall of Temple Mount planned for Hoshana Rabbah.
Rabbi Yosef; Eliminate Ashkenazi Chief RabbiIf any Chief Rabbi should stay on the job, it's he, said Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef - because his office was there first.
'For Jews, Religion and Nationality the Same'Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman believes in keeping religion and state together - in certain contexts, at least.
Israel, The Biggest Shul in the WorldFor how long could Israel credibly claim to be a “Jewish State” (and it says it right in Israel’s Declaration of Independence, “Medina Yehudit” – a “Jewish State") if Israel abolishes religious control over matters of personal status?
Approved: Bill for One Chief Rabbi in IsraelMinisterial Committee for Legislation approves bill unifying Chief Rabbinate. Bennett: 'This will unite the Jewish people.'
MK Slams 'Communist' LapidIn contrast to Jewish Home MK's attack on 'Comrade Lapid's' threats against Chief Rabbinate, Bennett notably silent.
Hareidi MKs: Lapid Exhibiting MegalomaniaHareidi-religious MKs slam Finance Minister Yair Lapid over his remarks that he will work to fire Israel’s Chief Rabbis.
Lapid: Fire the Chief RabbisFinance Minister promises to fire Israel's chief rabbis over ruling that Jewish law forbids religious girls from enlisting in the IDF.
Chief Rabbinate Says No To Religious Women in IDFRabbinate forbids religious female recruits, warning enlistment threatens Jewish nature of Israel. Hatnua MK Stern opposes.
Open Orthodoxy's Real Victims: Good Enough isn't EnoughOpen Orthodoxy caused much anguish to unsuspecting converts who did not realize they were not mainstream Orthodoxy.
ADL Slams Rabbinate DecisionADL condemns Israeli Chief Rabbinate's rejection of Rabbi Avi Weiss and 10 others as eligible Orthodox Rabbis, calling for 'Jewish unity.'
IDF Lets Female Soldiers Be Kashrut InspectorsNew position opened up for female soldiers, following new Chief Rabbinate policy allowing women inspectors.
The Rabbinate and Rabbi Weiss:Not Just a Power StruggleThe list of those that the Rabbanut will not rely upon is extensive. This list is blind to affiliation. It has lots of members with long beards and frocks. It is certainly not a list of “modern” rabbis.