Rabbi Riskin: Chief Rabbinate Must Speak to Everyone

Chief Rabbi of Efrat puzzles over dismissal rumors, notes that Rabbinate is important - but must address non-haredi communities.Tova Dvorin, 5/26/2015, 1:44 PM

Report: Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Faces Deposal

Sources say Chief Rabbinate looking to get rid of Efrat's veteran Chief Rabbi; Tzohar threatens to fight any moves to do so.Cynthia Blank, 5/25/2015, 9:26 PM

High Court Rebukes Attorney General over Kashrut Saga

Angered Weinstein refused Rabbinate's request for external representation, High Court orders delay in proceedings for Rabbinate to consult.Ido Ben Porat, Cynthia Blank, 5/13/2015, 1:13 PM

Chief Rabbinate Responds to AG Tampering with Kashrut Laws

Chief Rabbinate source says published opinion to change law and allow unverified private kashrut certificates will not stand.Yishai Karov, Ari Yashar, 5/6/2015, 10:01 AM

Rabbinate: Long Hol Hamo'ed Leads to Increased Kashruth Fraud

While many Israelis took the week off for Pesach vacation, the supervisors of kashruth in the Chief Rabbinate were working overtime.Moshe Cohen, 4/8/2015, 10:17 PM

Sources: Chief Rabbinate to Again Oversee Conversion

Haredi party sources said Sunday that they had reached an agreement with the Likud on rolling back recently approved rules on conversion.Moshe Cohen, 4/6/2015, 7:30 AM

On Passover Eve, Chief Rabbi Calls for Jewish Unity

Chief Rabbi David Lau calls on Netanyahu to bridge the religious, communal differences between Israelis ahead of holiday, new Knesset.Hezki Baruch, 4/3/2015, 9:37 AM

Chief Rabbi Lau to Netanyahu: 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.Hezki Baruch, Ari Yashar, 3/25/2015, 9:54 PM

Why Did the 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.'Ido Ben-Porat, Ari Yashar, 3/17/2015, 6:11 PM

Rabbinical Courts: 'Gett' Movie Demonizes Us

Batei Din offer a harsh review of the film 'Gett', which they compare to the libelous 'Jenin, Jenin.'Gil Ronen, 3/4/2015, 1:08 PM

Details Emerge in Yona Metzger Corruption Scandal

Millions allegedly pocketed through various schemes with organizations, rabbinical councils; A-G opens case to criminal trial.Ido Ben-Porat and Tova Dvorin, 2/10/2015, 2:32 PM

Chief Rabbi Lau Slams Past Government for Harming Judaism

Rabbi Lau hopes next govt. cooperates with Chief Rabbinate official religious authority, doesn't keep forcing controversial legislation.Chaim Lev, Ari Yashar, 12/16/2014, 6:39 PM

The Con Version of an American Conversion Scandal

There 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. Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer, 11/11/2014, 6:33 AM

MK Stern: Conversion Law a Political, Not Religious, Issue

Stern tells Arutz Sheva about his controversial conversion reforms - and why he thinks Chief Rabbinate may be forced to concede.Yoni Kempinski, Tova Dvorin, 11/7/2014, 8:56 AM

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.Yishai Karov, Ari Yashar, 11/6/2014, 9:42 PM

'Two People, Two Holidays, One Day'

Chief Rabbis, Chief Qadis, and Jewish and Arab MKs meet to discuss Yom Kippur and Eid el-Adha.Benny Moshe and Cynthia Blank, 10/1/2014, 9:05 PM

Chief Rabbis Decry Mass Christian Prayers Near Temple Mount

For first time since liberation of Old City, mass Christian prayer at southern wall of Temple Mount planned for Hoshana Rabbah.Shlomo Pyotrkovsky, Ari Yashar, 9/22/2014, 12:06 PM

Rabbi Yosef; Eliminate Ashkenazi, Not Sephardi, Chief Rabbi

If any Chief Rabbi should stay on the job, it's he, said Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef - because his office was there first.Yaakov Levi, 9/4/2014, 9:22 AM

'Jews Don't Differentiate Between Religion and Nationality'

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman believes in keeping religion and state together - in certain contexts, at least.Hezki Baruch, 4/3/2014, 1:13 AM

Israel, The Biggest Shul in the World

For 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?Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, 2/24/2014, 12:26 PM

Rabbi Isaac Halevi Herzog

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Approved: Bill for One Chief Rabbi in Israel

Ministerial Committee for Legislation approves bill unifying Chief Rabbinate. Bennett: 'This will unite the Jewish people.'Tova Dvorin, 1/19/2014, 4:05 PM

MK Slams 'Communist' Lapid

In contrast to Jewish Home MK's attack on 'Comrade Lapid's' threats against Chief Rabbinate, Bennett notably silent.Ari Yashar, 1/13/2014, 12:00 PM

Hareidi MKs: Lapid Exhibiting Megalomania

Hareidi-religious MKs slam Finance Minister Yair Lapid over his remarks that he will work to fire Israel’s Chief Rabbis.Arutz Sheva Staff, 1/13/2014, 4:46 AM

Lapid: Fire the Chief Rabbis

Finance Minister promises to fire Israel's chief rabbis over ruling that Jewish law forbids religious girls from enlisting in the IDF.Elad Benari, Canada, 1/10/2014, 8:29 PM

Chief Rabbinate Says No To Religious Women in IDF

Rabbinate forbids religious female recruits, warning enlistment threatens Jewish nature of Israel. Hatnua MK Stern opposes.Ari Yashar, 1/9/2014, 8:47 PM

Open Orthodoxy's Real Victims: Good Enough isn't Enough

Open Orthodoxy caused much anguish to unsuspecting converts who did not realize they were not mainstream Orthodoxy.Rabbi Dov Fischer, 1/9/2014, 11:20 AM

ADL: Rabbinate Decision 'At Expense of Jewish Unity'

ADL condemns Israeli Chief Rabbinate's rejection of Rabbi Avi Weiss and 10 others as eligible Orthodox Rabbis, calling for 'Jewish unity.'Tova Dvorin, 1/8/2014, 11:12 PM

IDF Lets Female Soldiers Be Kashrut Inspectors

New position opened up for female soldiers, following new Chief Rabbinate policy allowing women inspectors.Ari Yashar, 1/8/2014, 2:34 PM

The Rabbinate and Rabbi Weiss:Not Just a Power Struggle

The 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.Rabbi Yitzchak Adlerstein, 1/8/2014, 1:49 PM

Rabbinate: New Rules To Prevent Shabbat Desecration

Chief Rabbinate issues letters to kashrut departments, supervisors to check businesses close doors 2 hours before Shabbat.Ari Yashar, 12/10/2013, 7:55 PM

Dep. Minister Calls for Unified Standards in Kashrut

Rabbi Ben-Dahan in meeting with OU decries lack of unified standards in Jewish dietary laws, calls for enforcing chief rabbinate standards.Chezki Ezra, Ari Yashar, 11/20/2013, 12:42 AM

Stern: Chief Rabbinate Dismantling Itself

Hearing on religion & state discusses Chief Rabbinate's refusal to recognize all US Orthodox rabbis . Stern: Rabbinate self-destructing.Tova Dvorin, 11/13/2013, 5:06 PM

Rabbinic Treaty: Israel Chief Rabbinate Leads Jewish World

An historic agreement is signed between European and American rabbinical councils, declares Israeli Chief Rabbinate heads world Jewry.Ari Yashar, 11/13/2013, 12:28 PM

Livni and Bennett Call for One Chief Rabbi

Livni and Bennett distribute memorandum for bill calling for only one Chief Rabbi and separating Rabbinic Court system from Chief Rabbinate.Ari Yashar, Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/11/2013, 2:52 PM

Religion Meets Politics as New Chief Rabbinate Council Sworn In

Fourteen new members sworn into Chief Rabbinate Council amid calls for national unification, criticism of new "Tzohar" law.Ari Yashar, 10/31/2013, 6:08 PM

Nepotism and Cronyism: It's All in the Family

There were once, and now could have been, Chief Rabbis from whom we would derive vision, ethical example and spiritual Zionism. Rabbi Yehudah Brown, 8/8/2013, 7:49 AM

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef: I Won't Stray from the Path of the Torah

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, Israel’s new Sephardic Chief Rabbi, promises to be "the chief rabbi of everyone."Elad Benari, 7/25/2013, 5:15 AM

Rabbi Lau: I am Everyone's Rabbi

Rabbi David Lau, the new Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi, says he wishes to create a society whose members respect one another and respect Judaism.Elad Benari, 7/25/2013, 2:14 AM

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, Rabbi David Lau Victorious

A body of 150 rabbis and public figures voted today to elect the two new Chief Rabbis of Israel. Zionist candidates failed.Arutz Sheva, 7/24/2013, 7:42 PM

"It Doesn't Matter What Kind of Kippah a Jew Wears"

Shas spiritual leader's son rejects incitement from his father's party, calls for more to be done to help agunotDavid Lev, 7/22/2013, 3:43 PM

Min. Orbach: Rabbinate Fuss Proves Need for Change

Accuses hareidi leaders of “verbal hooliganism” that “quickly becomes physical."Ernie Singer & Gil Ronen, 6/17/2013, 10:40 AM

Rabbinate: No 'Women of the Wall' Prayers Just Yet

The Chief Rabbinate reiterated its position against "male-style" prayer groups for women at the Kotel, until an official decision is madeDavid Lev, 6/3/2013, 4:34 PM

New Religious-Zionist Choice for Chief Rabbi Slot?

Rabbi Yaakov Ariel may be named for chief rabbi post as no consensus is reached over three religious-Zionist candidates. Maayana Miskin, 4/17/2013, 12:31 PM

Chief Rabbi Candidates Discuss Judaism and State

Four candidates for the post of Chief Rabbi discuss Jewish law and state law in Israel.Maayana Miskin, 4/3/2013, 12:33 AM

Video: Rabbinate Stops Kashrut Fraud in Tel Aviv

Arutz Sheva joined the Kashrut Fraud Department of the Chief Rabbinate for their activities on the streets of Tel Aviv.Yoni Kempinski, 3/14/2013, 4:44 AM

Rabbi Stav: We Want a Friendlier Rabbinate

Religious Zionist candidate for post of Chief Rabbi explains what changes are needed.Yoni Kempinski & Gil Ronen, 3/11/2013, 2:57 PM

Law Would Require Women on Rabbinical Judge Appointment Panel

Under a law proposed by MKs from Yesh Atid and Bayit Yehudi, the Rabbinate's Dayanim Committee would include four women.David Lev, 3/3/2013, 5:01 PM

Rabbi Stav: As Chief Rabbi I'll Expand Tzohar's Efforts

Rabbi David Stav, chairman of the Tzohar organization, officially announced his candidacy for the office of Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi.David Lev, 1/10/2013, 2:50 PM

Rabbinate: New Year's Eve Parties 'Not Kosher'

The Chief Rabbinate warned hotels and restaurants that their kashrut certificates were at risk if they held New Year's Eve partiesDavid Lev, 12/23/2012, 11:28 PM

Religious Zionists Seen as Top Choices for Chief Rabbi

After 20 years, two Religious Zionist leaders are serious contenders for the position of Ashkenazic Chief RabbiDavid Lev, 12/20/2012, 9:49 AM

Chief Rabbi Metzger Visits Kiev Beating Victim

Aaron Alexander Goncharov, who was nearly beaten to death in an anti-Semitic attack in Kiev on Passover, had a special visitor todayGabe Kahn, 4/19/2012, 6:58 PM

The Rabbi Avi Weiss Issue:Defending the Chief Rabbinate

Rabbi Weiss may be qualified to attest to Jewish status, but one must also appreciate the justified apprehension of the Rabbinate regarding Open Orthodoxy’s fidelity to Orthodox norms and positions relating to more complex issues of halakhic lineage.Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 1/7/2014, 10:00 PM