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Prominent Rabbi meets Rabbi Lookstein, pledges full support

President and Founder of the influential Tzohar Rabbinical Organization, Rabbi David Stav, meets with R' Lookstein to pledge support.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/6/2016, 10:20 AM

IDF accused of unfairly targeting patriotic rabbi

Tzohar head 'shocked' by IDF order to not meet with Rabbi Eliezer Melamed. Asks why only him, not haredi rabbis, anti-IDF intellectuals?Ido Ben-Porat, 3/15/2016, 12:18 PM

Prenuptial agreement will remove the need for public shaming

Head of Tzohar explains the correct way to avoid get refusal, explains how shaming can be used in certain cases as a last resort.Yoni Kempinsky, 2/21/2016, 4:39 PM

Rabbinate apologizes to Shoham's Rabbi Stav

After kashrut controversy over catering hall in Shoham, Rabbinate admits the city's chief rabbi handled the matter as was required.Shlomo Pietrekovsky, 11/12/2015, 1:28 PM

Rabbi Riskin Clarifies: Converts Must Keep Torah Commandments

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin says he was misquoted, after reports claimed he recognizes converts who only accept 'traditional' lifestyle.Ido Ben Porat, 8/17/2015, 6:09 PM

Free-Market Judaism and Conversion Standards

It is always possible to decide to be more stringent than the Rabbinate without that minimizing its importance in setting a halakhic standard. Deciding to be less stringent is another story.Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 8/14/2015, 3:59 PM

Haredi Paper Attacks 'Rebellious' Conversion Court Backers

Yom Leyom, the voice of haredi party Shas, comes out strongly against conversion courts that circumvent the Rabbinate.Moshe Cohen, 8/13/2015, 10:56 AM

Top Rabbi: Conversion Panel to Prevent Intermarriage

Rabbi David Stav, head of Tzohar, notes that independent conversion committee will strengthen Israeli Jews by preventing assimilation.Yoni Kempinski, 8/11/2015, 1:04 PM

MK: Wrong Attitude on Conversion Could Tear Nation Asunder

MK Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) said he was satisfied with the decision to reform the conversion system.Moshe Cohen, 7/5/2015, 8:16 PM

Rabbi: Repeal of Conversion Law Will Encourage Intermarriage

The government on Sunday canceled the conversion reform law Sunday - to the dismay of Rabbi David Stav of the Tzohar organization.Moshe Cohen, 7/5/2015, 6:43 PM

Should Married Men Wear a Ring?

Tzohar Rabbis Head issues halachic favoring rings at workplace. Objectors say the custom is un-Jewish and rings are feminine.Gil Ronen, 5/6/2015, 1:45 PM

Controversy in Jewish Home as Barbs Traded over Conversion Law

MK Bezalel Smotrich trades barbs with Rabbis Stav, Riskin, tells them 'not to preach' to Jewish Home over repealing of Conversion Law.Gil Ronen, 4/15/2015, 10:05 AM

Could a New 'Halakhic Pre-nup' Help 'Chained' Women?

Tzohar rabbinical organization reveals groundbreaking new legal initiative to help solve the 'agunah' crisis.Gedalyah Reback, 3/2/2015, 10:30 AM

Rabbinical Org. Urges Religious to Reclaim Sex-Education

Tzohar Rabbinical Organization hosts special session, says Torah community must reclaim topic from 'less appropriate' sources.Cynthia Blank, 1/29/2015, 12:42 PM

Orthodox Service Raises Storm Calling Women to Torah

Community in Shoham starts having female congregants read from Torah, as rabbis and locals note 'this opposes Jewish law.'Nir Har-Zahav, Ari Yashar, 10/31/2014, 10:06 AM

A 'Unique' Year of Religion and State in Israel

Rabbi Stav of the Tzohar organization tells Arutz Sheva about weighty religious bills and thirst for Jewish identity in Israel.Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar, 9/29/2014, 9:51 AM

Rabbi Stav: 'Antagonism is not the Way to Combat Intermarriage'

Prominent religious-Zionist rabbi says that while intermarriage is a problem, protests outside mixed-marriage ceremony are wrong.Ido Ben-Porat and Ari Soffer, 8/18/2014, 3:00 PM

Annual Tzohar Conference 'Connecting the People to Judaism'

Religious-Zionist group hopes 'to make Israel more Jewish'; Rabbi David Stav cites unprecedented thirst for Judaism.Yoni Kempinski and Benny Moshe, 7/30/2014, 2:20 PM

Tzohar Rabbi Weighs in on Abortion Controversy

Rabbi David Stav slams ‘immoral’ decision to subsidize abortions that are not medically necessary.Maayana Miskin, 1/2/2014, 8:19 AM

Rabbi: Chelsea Clinton’s Child – Jewish?

Rabbi David Stav argues that giving orthodox Jewish tradition a monopoly is better than the alternative.Maayana Miskin, 11/12/2013, 9:18 PM

40,000 Expected by Tzohar for Yom Kippur

the Tzohar organization will be organizing prayers at 250 locations around Israel for Yom Kippur, with 40,000 people expectedDavid Lev, 9/8/2013, 8:19 PM

Bennett: Chief Rabbi Results Could Split Religious Zionists

The results of the elections for Chief Rabbi may end up pulling the Bayit Yehudi party apart.David Lev, 7/30/2013, 1:14 AM

Rabbinate Vote ‘Exposed Rift in Religious Zionism’

Member of voting board says religious Zionists chose hareidi-religious candidates. ‘Deep rift in religious-Zionist society.’Maayana Miskin, 7/28/2013, 9:05 AM

Rabbinate Election Today, ‘Truth Will Prevail’

The race for Chief Rabbi draws to a close. Rabbi Arusi slams politics, calls to change ‘humiliating’ elections process.Maayana Miskin, 7/24/2013, 8:42 AM

Rabbi Stav: I was 'Shocked' by Rabbi Ovadia's Attack

Candidate for Chief Rabbi tells Arutz Sheva: "My first reaction was, what does G-d want from me? I decided not to respond.”Yoni Kempinski & Gil Ronen, 6/23/2013, 5:52 PM

Deri Defends Comments: ‘Evildoer’ Doesn’t Mean Bad

Shas head defends Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s criticism of Rabbi Stav, says ‘evildoer’ is not necessarily a bad person.Maayana Miskin, 6/19/2013, 11:09 AM

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

Rabbi Stav: 'Heartbroken Over the Divisive Atmosphere'

In his first comments on the latest controversy surrounding him, Rabbi David Stav expressed regret at the “divisive atmosphere”David Lev, 6/16/2013, 10:30 PM

Rabbi Simcha Hacohen Kook Slams Enlistment Plans

The Chief Rabbi of Rehovot says some want to fight Torah learning because they see its impact, criticizes Chief Rabbinate candidacy.Maayana Miskin, 6/16/2013, 7:35 PM

Anger as Shas Head Compares Rabbi to 'Idol in Temple'

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef says choosing Rabbi Stav as Chief Rabbi would be ‘like putting an idol in the sanctuary.’Maayana Miskin, 6/16/2013, 1:43 PM

Shas: Rabbi Ovadia Opposes Rabbi Stav

Shas faction chairman MK Atias says the spiritual leader does not want Rabbi Stav chosen as Chief Rabbi.Gil Ronen, 6/3/2013, 12:54 PM

Bayit Yehudi Endorses Rabbi Stav for Chief Rabbi

Religious Zionist party votes to support relatively liberal candidate for Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi.Gil Ronen, 6/2/2013, 5:38 PM

Bayit Yehudi’s New Plan in Rabbinate Race

Bayit Yehudi debates again on support for Chief Rabbi candidates.Maayana Miskin, 6/2/2013, 4:45 PM

Minister: Rabbi Stav is What the Public Wants

Orbach says Israelis want a chief rabbi with the ‘Tzohar spirit’ of openness, outreach.Maayana Miskin, 5/28/2013, 9:46 AM

Rabbis to Rabbi Stav: Withdraw from Rabbinate Race

Controversy continues in Chief Rabbi race as call is issued for Rabbi Stav to withdraw and support Rabbi Yaakov Ariel.Maayana Miskin, 5/26/2013, 11:43 AM

Rabbi of Samaria Throws Weight behind Rabbi Ariel

Rabbi Elyakim Levanon calls on Bayit Yehudi MKs to appoint Rabbi Yaakov Ariel as Chief RabbiGil Ronen, 5/12/2013, 8:16 PM

Has Netanyahu Agreed to Appoint Chief Rabbi Ariel?

Prime Minister met Naftali Bennett, reportedly agreed to amend law so person over 70 could be appointed.Gil Ronen, 4/23/2013, 10:11 AM

Rabbis Call to Obama ‘Free Pollard – Yes You Can!’

Rabbis march in Jerusalem, call on U.S. President to free Jonathan Pollard. ‘Yes you can!’ Yoni Kempinski and A7 staff, 3/22/2013, 2:47 PM

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

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