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Chief Rabbi calls world Jews home for Passover

Rabbi Lau in special message to Arutz Sheva readers: 'To those who can't but want to, and those who can but don't want to, Israel awaits.'Hezki Baruch, 4/22/2016, 1:18 PM

Chief Rabbi: Release Meir Ettinger for son's brit

Responding to letter by Jewish administrative detainee's wife, Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau appeals to Israel Prison Service.Ari Soffer, 4/3/2016, 7:48 PM

Attorney General: Mikveh law is unconstitutional

Avichai Mandelblit says bill violates individuals' freedom of religion, Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi discusses modesty and privacy issues.Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/20/2016, 10:39 PM

Looking for new agreement with Reform

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, Chief Rabbi David Lau discuss how to best oppose moves to officially recognize Reform, change Kotel status.Nitsan Keidar, 3/16/2016, 10:29 PM

Exposed: Deri's attempt to seize Chief Rabbinate

Arutz Sheva has learned Shas head Deri is trying to pick next Chief Rabbinate director, against position of Chief Rabbi Lau and protocol.Hezki Baruch, 3/9/2016, 1:52 PM

Meeting between Netanyahu, chief rabbis canceled

Scheduled meeting on allocation of a non-Orthodox prayer space at the Kotel abruptly canceled.Hezki Baruch, 3/6/2016, 3:46 AM

Reform Kotel clash reaches a climax

Chief Rabbis to meet PM demanding he cancel new prayer space and recognition of Reform, as Minister Ariel skips gov't meeting in protest.Ari Yashar, 3/5/2016, 9:13 PM

Muslim leaders in Israel condemn synagogue arson

Head of Muslim leaders in Israel calls Chief Rabbi to denounce 'disaster' and express hope arsonists will be found and prosecuted.Hezki Baruch, 2/7/2016, 1:28 PM

Chief Rabbi goes to strengthen Hevron

Rabbi Lau meets with Cave of Machpelah heads to discuss ways to boost hold over the ancient site, strengthens Hevron/Kiryat Arba Jews.Hezki Baruch, 2/4/2016, 8:24 PM

Hotel Synagogue turns into a massage parlor

Offering free massages to marathon runners during last Friday's race, Leonardo Hotel mistakenly turns its Synagogue into a massage parlor.Haim Lev, 1/11/2016, 8:56 AM

Outrage over video showing celebration of Duma

Chief Rabbi, politicians denounce video in which extremists celebrate Duma arson. "This isn't Judaism," says Rabbi Lau.Hezki Baruch, 12/24/2015, 1:14 AM

Chief Rabbi: Temple Mount is not a place for tours

Rabbi David Lau explains why he thinks Jews should refrain from ascending to the Mount, and opines about the Women of the Wall.Eliran Aharon, 12/9/2015, 6:11 PM

Chief Rabbi slams Bennett for Conservative visit

Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau criticizes Jewish Home head for 'recognizing a path that distances Jews from the Jewish people.'Nir Har-Zahav, 12/9/2015, 10:52 AM

Watch: Chief Rabbi at Kotel Hanukkah lighting

'Here we want to build up the walls,' says Rabbi Lau, recalling how a handful of Jews defeated myriads 'bringing in a foreign outlook.'Hezki Baruch, 12/8/2015, 6:13 PM

Arabs Who Kicked Terror Victim to be Prosecuted

Arab passersby laughed at, kicked, and hit Adelle Banita-Bennett, as she ran for her life with stab wounds, and as her husband lay dead.Ido Ben Porat, 10/5/2015, 10:15 PM

Widow of Stabbing Victim Describes 'Arab Savagery'

Widow of Aharon Banita-Bennett described the savagery of Arab passersby, who laughed as she fought death.Haim Lev, 10/4/2015, 4:06 PM

Chief Rabbi: Who Will Bless Orphans on Shabbat?

Rabbi Lau takes part in funeral, emphasizing connection to the land and quoting Psalms in a call for redemption.Yoni Kempinski, 10/2/2015, 12:18 PM

Chief Rabbi Lau: The Entire Nation is Crying

'Despite the awful pain we will continue to pray to merit soon the redemption of the people of Israel,' Chief Rabbi Lau says after murder.Ari Yashar, 10/1/2015, 10:58 PM

Rabbis Urge Religious Leaders to Condemn Violence

Rabbis David Lau, Yitzhak Yosef warn interfaith leaders they expect all faiths to uphold right to worship at holy sites, i.e. Temple Mount.Arutz Sheva Staff, 9/18/2015, 2:14 PM

Watch: Emotional Meeting on Kibbutz Beit Hashita

Chief Rabbi visits Kibbutz Beit Hashita and meets Hanoch Albleck, singer of legendary 'Unetane Tokef.'Ido Ben Porat, 9/9/2015, 6:48 PM

Chief Rabbi Upset by Sabbath Cinema in Jerusalem

Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi says Sabbath is being violated in Ashdod and elsewhere in Israel.Gil Ronen, 8/31/2015, 3:01 PM

Chief Rabbi Lau Gets Hero's Welcome in Samaria

Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi greeted with song and dance at hesder IDF yeshivas, gives strengthening speeches ahead of High Holy Days.Yishai Karov, 8/24/2015, 2:52 PM

What Does it Take to Become a Mohel?

Chief Rabbi David Lau convenes special refresher course for mohelim from across Israel, tells parents to only use mohel with valid license.Eliran Aharon, 7/22/2015, 3:42 PM

Chief Rabbi: Expect Huge Cost Hikes on Meat Soon

Israel could face a major meat shortage for Rosh Hashana due to dispute over honest slaughtering supervision.Moshe Cohen, 6/23/2015, 9:03 PM

Chief Rabbi Harshly Condemns Church Arson

Sweeping condemnation as police arrest 16 residents of Samaria Thursday afternoon in connection with the fire at a Galilee church.Moshe Cohen , 6/18/2015, 12:44 PM

Chief Rabbi: Rabbi Riskin Won't Be Fired

Rabbi Lau bemoans media reports taking Efrat chief rabbi's tenure extension talk 'out of proportion,' says no 'political' motive as claimed.Ido Ben-Porat, 6/10/2015, 1:30 PM

Chief Rabbinate Nixes Temple Mount Sign Change

Rabbinate refuses to change sign claiming ascending Mount is 'forbidden under Jewish Law,' despite support from major rabbis.Ornit Ezter and Tova Dvorin, 5/25/2015, 4:23 PM

Weinstein to Lau: I Hope You're Not Mad at Me

After denying Chief Rabbi outside representation in kashrut fraud case, Attorney General provides semi-apology to Rabbi Lau.Hezki Baruch, Cynthia Blank, 5/18/2015, 1:44 PM

High Court Rebukes A-G 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

Ashdod Mall To Continue Shabbat Operations: Owners

Religious groups in Ashdod are planning a mass protest later this week against a shopping center that has begun operating on Shabbat.Moshe Cohen, 5/11/2015, 12:15 AM

Rabbi Lau: Beware 'Fake Rabbi Kashrut' Proposal

A proposal by the Attorney General could cause grievous damage to kosher consumers, Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau said.Moshe Cohen, 5/6/2015, 5:06 PM

Chief Rabbi Lau: Next Year on the Temple Mount

At mass priestly blessing, chief rabbis add their blessings to Jewish people; 'Next year may we be blessed up at top of the Mount.'Meir Sela, Ari Yashar, 4/6/2015, 1:43 PM

On Pesach 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

Watch: Israel's Chametz Has Been Sold

Netanyahu sells leavened goods to a non-Jew ahead of Passover, after intervention by Chief Rabbi Lau.Hezki Baruch, Ari Yashar, 4/2/2015, 4:46 PM

Rabbi Lau Ensures Highway Building Keeps Shemittah

Rabbi Lau heads down to the field to plan Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway work and make sure it doesn't breach agricultural sabbatical.Hezki Baruch, Ari Yashar, 3/27/2015, 3:45 PM

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.Hezki Baruch, Ari Yashar, 3/25/2015, 9:54 PM

Rivlin: Our Roots are Deeply Planted in Hevron

At inauguration of visitor's center in Hevron Museum, President Reuven Rivlin highlights Jewish people's connection to the ancient city.Hezki Baruch, 2/2/2015, 7:00 PM

Rabbi Lau: Special Merit for Tel Aviv Bus Driver

Driver Herzl Biton was a messenger sent to save lives in Tel Aviv attack, Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi says Wednesday.Yishai Karov, 1/21/2015, 7:06 PM

Rabbi Urges French Jews: Don't Abandon Your Faith

Chief Rabbi David Lau urges French Jewry to be kinder to one another, keep observing commandments in light of tragedy.Yedidya Ben-Or, 1/13/2015, 9:48 AM

Hundreds Attend Halakhic Conference in Jerusalem

Hundreds attend annual Halakhic conference in Jerusalem; 'Jewish law requires special conduct in all aspects of public life.'Shlomo Pyotrkovsky, Cynthia Blank, 12/25/2014, 11:47 AM

Chief Rabbi Lau: Past Govt. Harmed 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

Rabbi Urges Katz: No More Buses on Shabbat

Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi urges Transport Ministry to ensure that bus drivers keep Shabbat fully.Reut Hadar and Tova Dvorin, 12/9/2014, 11:19 AM

Can Rivlin and Singer Amir Benayoun Reconcile?

Rabbi Benny Lau reveals he is trying to make a bridge between president and singer after cancellation over song on Israeli Arab terrorists.Hezki Baruch, Ari Yashar, 12/5/2014, 10:41 AM

Rabbi Lau: Muslim Leaders Must Condemn Attack

Chief Rabbi Lau says massacre on Jerusalem synagogue reminiscent of 'pogroms,' calls on Muslim leaders to stop 'cycle of bloodshed.'Tova Dvorin, 11/18/2014, 10:49 AM

'Together We Will Stand in the Temple'

Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau visits Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick in hospital; 'together we will offer thanksgiving in the Temple.'Uzi Baruch and Ari Soffer, 11/17/2014, 3:53 PM

Chief Rabbi Thanks Nepal 'Ambassadors of Judaism'

Rabbi Lau calls Chabad Rabbi Hezki and Chana Lifschitz, awards them certificate of honor for selfless action in recent tragedies.Hezki Baruch, Ari Yashar, 10/27/2014, 10:32 AM

How Do the Sick and Pregnant Observe Yom Kippur?

Chief Rabbi Lau explains the ins and outs of the Day of Atonement fast, regarding who can eat and how.Orli Harari, Ari Yashar, 10/3/2014, 9:09 AM

Chief Rabbis Decry Old City Mass Christian Prayers

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

Chief Rabbi Lau Lauded for Freeing Agunah

Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi lauded for breathing 'a new spirit' into the rabbinate, after helping an agunah end her 14-year struggle for divorce.Hillel Fendel, 9/15/2014, 5:36 PM

UK Rabbis Warn Israel Converts Won't Be Recognized

Chief Rabbi David Lau meets with rabbis in London, who tell him controversial new conversion bill threatens to split Jewish world.Ido Ben-Porat, Ari Yashar, 9/10/2014, 3:28 PM

Thousands Visit the Grave of First Chief Rabbi

Rabbi Avraham Kook zt''l, visionary founder of religious Zionism, commemorated 79 years after his passing.Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar, 8/29/2014, 12:58 PM

Chief Rabbi Lau Pushes Secular-Religious Unity

Rabbi Lau in largest education conference questions the concept 'secular,' says all people should be learned from.Oranit Etzer, Ari Yashar, 8/25/2014, 3:59 PM

Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Lau Visits Injured Soldiers

Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau on Sunday visited hospitalized IDF soldiers.Moshe Cohen, 7/20/2014, 7:59 PM

How to Observe Shabbat Under Rocket Fire

Chief Rabbi Lau releases guidelines to help know what is and isn't permissible on Shabbat under threat of Gaza rockets.Hezki Baruch, Ari Yashar, 7/11/2014, 3:44 PM

Murdered Arab Teen's Family 'Refused' Peres Visit

Abu Khder family refused presidential and possibly rabbinical visit as well, took Netanyahu's call 'by accident.'Ari Yashar, 7/8/2014, 6:38 PM

Chief Rabbi Condemns Murder: 'Not Way of Torah'

Rabbi Lau sharply condemns murder of Arab teen after confessions made, calls on Arab leaders to stop escalation of violence.Ari Yashar, 7/7/2014, 1:57 PM

R. Levanon: Death Penalty for Killers of Arab Boy

Rabbi Elyakim Levanon said that it would be proper to impose the death penalty on the killers of Mohammed Abu Khder.Moshe Cohen, 7/6/2014, 9:59 PM