Kosher competition? Tzohar launches new Kashrut authority

Rabbinical group opens alternative Kashrut authority to certify Israeli restaurants, ending Rabbinate monopoly on certification.Yoni Kempinski, 2/26/2018, 1:02 PM

Historic partnership between Tzohar and Tel Aviv Rabbinate

Agreement paves way for more couples to embrace halakhic marriages.Arutz Sheva Staff, 1/15/2018, 6:06 AM

Tzohar, Emunah to train female kashrut supervisors

National-religious rabbinical and women's organizations join forces to create new program to teach women to be kashrut supervisors.Gary Willig, 11/15/2017, 4:19 PM

Challenging Rabbinate, Tzohar certifies Four Species as Kosher

Tzohar Rabbinical Organization certifies four species as Kosher for the first time, ahead of new Kashrut label launch.Tzvi Lev, 10/4/2017, 4:44 PM

Outreach services for High Holidays to reach 70,000 Israelis

Tzohar Rabbinical Organization and Yachad Ohr Torah Stone to provide shofar blowing, holiday services in hundreds of towns and cities.JTA, 9/19/2017, 5:32 PM

Rabbinate threatens Tzohar rabbi

Chief Rabbinate warns Rabbi Stav he could lose position as city rabbi if he provides unapproved Kashrut certification.Tzvi Lev, 9/18/2017, 10:15 AM

Deri lashes out against religious Zionist rabbis

Shas chairman compares religious Zionist community to Reform movement.Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/21/2017, 8:37 PM

Tzohar: Israeli couples embrace rabbinical prenup

The initiative is designed to reduce the amount of 'trapped women.'JTA, 8/7/2017, 5:41 PM

Tzohar: 2,000 have signed new prenuptial agreement

Rabbinical organization says some 2,000 have signed agreement meant to curb get refusal. Some rabbis have called not to sign agreement.Shlomo Pyutrikovsky, 8/6/2017, 12:57 PM

Israeli program brings religious, secular together on Shavuot

Shavuot classes in Israeli homes meant to bring religious, secular neighbors togetherJTA, 5/30/2017, 5:25 PM

'Comptroller report highlights need for kashrut privatization'

Head of Tzohar rabbinic organization says Comptroller report showing problems in kashrut industry shows need for urgent reform.Gary Willig, 5/16/2017, 8:49 PM

'If there is danger to life, it is an obligation to force-feed'

Rabbi Yuval Cherlow, head of Ethics field at Tzohar Rabbinical Organization, speaks with Arutz Sheva about terrorist hunger strike.Shimon Cohen, 4/18/2017, 10:28 PM

'It's heartbreaking - but the Supreme Court is right'

Can bereaved parents use their dead son's sperm to have grandchildren against his widow's wishes?Uzi Baruch, 4/4/2017, 1:44 PM

Watch: Rabbi Stav explains his new Kashrut system

Head of Tzohar rabbinic organization explains his plan to introduce competition into kashrut industry.Yoni Kempinsky, 3/29/2017, 10:19 PM

'We want to make kashrut more efficient: Is that so bad?'

Head of Tzohar rabbinic movement questions why call to reform kashrut supervision called a 'disaster.'Hezki Baruch, 3/29/2017, 3:37 PM

Rabbi Ariel: Tzohar leading Israel to disaster

Ramat Gan Chief Rabbi tells Arutz Sheva plans by Tzohar rabbinic group to privatize kosher supervision would be 'disaster for Judaism'.Benny Toker, David Rosenberg, 3/29/2017, 12:23 PM

Purim readings aim to bridge Israel’s religious-secular divide

Over 400 'neutral' locations across Israel to have Megillah readings on Purim for both religious and secular Israelis.JTA, 3/9/2017, 3:41 PM

'Rabbis shouldn't destroy the Chief Rabbinate's framework'

Rabbi Yaakov Ariel, Rabbi of Ramat Gan, slammed efforts to undermine the Rabbinate's kashrut system and privatize kashrut certification.Yoel Domb, 3/6/2017, 8:46 PM

'This harms the Rabbinate and the state's Jewish character'

National Union party warns kashrut reforms will divide country, harm the Jewish character of the state.Uzi Baruch, 3/2/2017, 3:41 PM

PM Netanyahu: Tzohar 'ensures Jewish identity of Israel'

Prime Minister Netanyahu sent letter to Tzohar on its 10th anniversary, stating that they 'transmit Jewish tradition to future generations'.Orly Harari, 1/25/2017, 4:46 PM

'To refuse to bury homosexuals is to show contempt for the dead'

Head of Tzohar organization slams report alleging that a burial society is refusing to bury homosexual individuals.Arutz Sheva Staff, 1/13/2017, 11:11 AM

Tzohar rabbis: Prohibit stores from opening on Shabbat

Tzohar rabbinic organization called on government to prohibit stores opening on Shabbat as 'it is central component of Israel's identity.'Yedidia Ben Or, 1/5/2017, 3:08 PM

Tzohar campaigns for access for blind to synagogues

This coming Shabbat , as we read about our Forefather Yitzchak losing his sight, Tzohar will call attention to needs of blind in synagogues., 11/30/2016, 9:16 PM

Democracy and Judaism in the State of Israel

Watch: Rabbi David Stav, Rabbi of Shoham and Head of Tzohar, speaks about Judaism and Jewish identity.ILTV, 11/30/2016, 3:31 AM

Graffiti and knife found near Ra'anana Reform synagogue

Graffiti accusing of blasphemy and a knife were found in front of a Reform synagogue this morning in Ra’anana.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/24/2016, 10:46 AM

Tzohar set to perform 650 weddings in September

Record-breaking number of weddings to be performed this month by organization that claims to be "non-judgmental" alternative to Rabbinate.Arutz Sheva Staff, 9/5/2016, 4:29 PM

What is the Third Temple worth?

Rabbi Uriel Genzel spoke with Arutz Sheva of the future Temple as a function of peace. 'It's not just a physical redemption.'Rachel Kaplan, 8/14/2016, 2:24 PM

'Not reporting sexual abuse violates the Torah'

Head of Tzohar criticizes rabbis over failure to report cases of sexual abuse in their communities.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/20/2016, 10:58 PM

'Religious morality trumps army directives'

Rabbi David Stav defends Chief IDF Rabbi appointee from media attacks; expresses displeasure at recent appointments for Rabbinical Court.Shai Landesman, 7/13/2016, 10:08 AM

Political fight threatens to leave rabbinic courts half empty

Appointment committee meeting canceled after Chief Rabbis refuse to attend. Shas demands Sephardi majority on Supreme Court.Hezki Baruch, 7/6/2016, 3:59 PM

Shaked: 'Don't lecture me on need for Zionist judges'

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked responds to rabbinical, women's groups concerned about too much haredi control over rabbinical courts.Ido Ben-Porat, 7/1/2016, 2:10 PM

'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

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

Leading Rabbi Says Israel Should Admit Refugees

Rabbi Yuval Cherlow, an influential rabbi in the Religious Zionist community, believes Israel should admit some Syrian refugees.Yaakov Levi, 9/17/2015, 5:47 PM

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

Rabbi Druckman: Don't Override Rabbinate on Conversions

Rabbi Haim Druckman sharply criticized independent religious courts to circumvent the Rabbinate and conduct conversions.Moshe Cohen, 8/10/2015, 9:54 PM

Rabbis Set Up 'Independent' Conversion Courts, Sans Rabbinate

A group of rabbis has set up a “competing” independent of Jewish Court of Law (Beit Din) which will exclusively handle conversions.Moshe Cohen, 8/10/2015, 6:51 PM

Tzohar Rabbis, Sheikhs Visit Arson Victims

Special interfaith delegation unites to condemn arson attack in Duma and commit to preventing future attacks.Yoni Kempinski, 8/3/2015, 6:53 PM

Watch: Can Anglo Israelis Influence Diaspora Jewry?

Emissaries teaching Diaspora Jews about Israel and Jewish values can have a great impact, Rabbi Doron Perez proclaims.Yoni Kempinski, 7/9/2015, 2:50 PM

Watch: How Can Parents Prepare Their Teens for Aliyah?

Experts explain to Arutz Sheva why keeping teens in the loop during the immigration process is key to successful Aliyah.Yoni Kempinski, 7/9/2015, 9:21 AM

Tzohar Reaches Out to Anglos and Overseas Communities

Rabbi Reuven Spolter, head of TZOHAR's overseas operations, explains the importance of reaching out to English speakers.Yoni Kempinski, 7/9/2015, 6:45 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

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

Anger at Petah Tikvah Rabbinate's Refusal to Marry Ethiopians

Zionist rabbis' group decried the refusal of city rabbis in Petah Tikvah to register members of the Ethiopian community for marriage.Yaakov Levi, 9/7/2014, 3:30 PM

Rabbinical Support for Prime Minister Netanyahu

PM meets with Tzohar rabbis in mutual show of gratitude and support.Hezki Baruch, Yoni Kempinski and Tova Dvorin, 9/4/2014, 2:46 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

Tzohar Calls on Diaspora Communities to Fly Israeli Flag

Rabbi David Stav, Tzohar chairman, calls on global support for Israel - both abroad and by visiting the Jewish state.Tova Dvorin, 8/1/2014, 10:15 AM

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

First Knesset Tu Bishvat Seder Led By Tzohar

Tzohar Rabbinical Organization holds first of its kind seder on 'birthday of the trees,' event hosted by Knesset Speaker Edelstein.Ari Yashar, 1/16/2014, 8:37 PM

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

Tzohar: Release List of State-Approved Diaspora Rabbis

Rabbi David Stav, Tzohar's director, calls on Rabbinate to released list of rabbis abroad who can legally determine Jewish status.Tova Dvorin, 11/11/2013, 9:33 PM

'Revolution'? New Law Lets Marrying Couples Pick Their Rabbi

Couples can now marry in any city or town in the country, select rabbi they feel comfortable with, making Jewish marriage easier.David Lev, 10/28/2013, 10:10 PM

40,000 Secular Jews in Tzohar Yom Kippur Minyans

250 prayer minyans were held by 750 Tzohar volunteers throughout Israel on the High Holiday.Gil Ronen, 9/15/2013, 8:33 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

Ex-Mossad Head to Help Olim Seeking Jewish Status

Efraim Halevy to chair program that helps thousands of Former Soviet Union immigrants marry under Israeli law.Arutz Sheva, 6/27/2013, 8:02 PM

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