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