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

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

Chief 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

Chief Rabbis Slam Lack of Jewish Values Amid Corruption Scandal

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 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

Rabbi Lau Urges Transport Ministry to Stop Shabbat Desecration

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

Chief Rabbi Calls on Muslim Religious Leaders to 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

Yehuda Glick Recalls Assassination Attempt for the First Time

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 'Ambassadors of the Jewish Nation' in Nepal

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 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

Chief Rabbi Lau Helps Free 'Chained' Woman After 14 Years

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

World Rabbis Warn Israeli 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 Israel's 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 Jewish 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

Chief Rabbi Explains How to Observe Shabbat Under 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 the Way of the 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

Rabbi 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

Rabbi Lau Calls for Restraint Amid Tensions Over Murders

Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi calls on Israelis to let security forces do their job and locate the terrorists who murdered three teens.Yishai Karov, 7/3/2014, 12:13 AM

Feature: Huckabee in the Holy Land

Mike Huckabee meets with Chief Rabbis, political and religious figures, in show of solidarity for Israel when it needs it most.Daniel Perez, 6/24/2014, 12:10 PM

Watch: Rabbi Lau Leads Prayer for Kidnapped Teens

The Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Israel led a prayer rally for the safety of the three kidnapped teens at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hevron.Hezki Baruch, 6/20/2014, 1:14 AM

Prayer Rally for Kidnapped Teens Held in Hevron

Rabbi David Lau, teen's grandfather Rabbi Amram Yifrah, show immense gratitude for nationwide support and IDF efforts at prayer gathering.Tova Dvorin, 6/18/2014, 8:49 PM

Govt. to Fund Shemittah Observance With NIS 100 Million

The government is to set aside NIS 100 million in funding to help promote proper observance of the seventh-year shemittah sabbatical.Yosef Berger, 6/1/2014, 9:02 AM

Chief Rabbis Asked 'Help My Jailed Son Keep the Shabbat'

Father of 'price tag' suspect writes Chief Rabbis following reports of serious abuse of youths, including Shabbat desecration.Ido Ben-Porat, Ari Yashar, 5/30/2014, 11:44 AM

Israel's Chief Rabbi Makes First Official Visit to U.S.

Religious Zionists of America sponsored the first official visit to the United States by the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi David Lau., 5/16/2014, 12:13 AM

Chief Rabbi Lau Visits Yeshiva University

Ashkenazi chief rabbi meets YU President Richard M. Joel, Yeshiva deans at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.Arutz Sheva staff, 5/10/2014, 9:39 PM

Chief Rabbi Lau Supports Wounded IDF Veterans

Rabbi Lau, himself an IDF major in reserves, visits IDF rehab center ahead of Memorial Day, gives Torah class.Uzi Baruch, Ari Yashar, 5/2/2014, 12:46 PM

Fmr. Chief Rabbi 'We Learned Nothing From the Holocaust'

Rabbi Yisrael Lau, child survivor turned Israeli chief rabbi, says all Jews are 'survivors', laments Jewish youth going to live in Berlin.Ari Yashar, 4/28/2014, 3:57 PM

How Can Diabetics 'Survive' the Seder?

Chief Ashkenanic Rabbi David Lau has some help for diabetics wondering how they will navigate the caloric challenges of the Seder.Moshe Cohen, 4/10/2014, 9:27 AM

Chief Rabbi, Hungarian President Discuss Anti-Semitism

Chief Rabbi Lau and Minister Ben-Dahan express concerns in Budapest, ask for Hungary to crack down on terror funding.Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar, 3/26/2014, 2:18 PM

Chief Rabbi Lau Visits Sderot Amid Rockets

Undeterred by the rocket barrage, Rabbi Lau expresses support for residents and soldiers, sends wishes of joy for Purim.Ari Yashar, 3/14/2014, 2:15 PM

Ahead of Purim, Chief Rabbis Warn Against Firecrackers

Rabbis note the firecrackers are life-threatening and that the Torah forbids purposely endangering one's life.Tova Dvorin , 3/4/2014, 5:18 PM

Prayer Session for Rain at Western Wall, on Fast of Esther

Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi David Lau announces a mass prayer to end Israel's drought, to coincide with the Fast of Esther.Tova Dvorin , 3/4/2014, 12:29 PM

Rabbi Lau: We'll Act to Reverse Danish Slaughter Ban

Israeli officials react to Denmark’s decision to ban kosher slaughter as of next week. Bennett: "We stand behind the Jewish community."Elad Benari, 2/14/2014, 1:13 AM

Chief Rabbi Asks US Envoy: Have Mercy on Pollard

Rabbi David Lau told US Ambassador Shapiro: 'This is one of the most painful subjects for us.'Gil Ronen, 2/5/2014, 5:32 PM

Second Brother in Tragic Family Poisoning Wakes Up

Second of critically ill brothers wakes up and communicates with his family. Boys poisoned by pesticide that killed sisters.Maayana Miskin, 1/30/2014, 1:02 PM

Chief Rabbi Lau Asks Rabbis: Don't Fight over Shemittah

Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi speaks at conference of 400 rabbis about upcoming shemittah sabbatical year, which raises controversial issues.Ari Yashar, 1/23/2014, 8:27 PM

Yesh Atid No. 2 Attempts Peace with Chief Rabbis

Yesh Atid minister steps in to pacify Chief Rabbis after party head Yair Lapid called to fire them both.Maayana Miskin, 1/14/2014, 6:04 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

Chief Rabbi Visits Religious Zionist Rav Kook House

Rabbi Lau to attend and speak at event this Saturday night on the Torah and love of Eretz Yisrael (the land of Israel).Ari Yashar, Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/24/2013, 8:22 AM

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

Chief Rabbi: Next Sabbath Dedicated to Honoring Wounded Soldiers

Chief Rabbi Lau joins Bnei Akiva initiative to dedicate the Sabbath on which the Torah portion of "Vayishlach" is read to wounded soldiers.Ari Yashar, 11/6/2013, 5:19 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

Israeli Meat Producer in Hot Water Over Animal Abuses

Lawsuits, investigations, recriminations, and a possible loss of its kosher status are the results of a TV expose on a meat processing plantDavid Lev, 10/31/2013, 3:21 PM

Chief Rabbi Hails 'Strength of Spirit' of Gush Katif Deportees

Chief Rabbi David Lau expresses his admiration at spiritual, mental strength of Jews expelled from Gaza, in a tour of their new communities.Ari Soffer, 10/23/2013, 7:07 PM

Chief Rabbi Meets Archbishop to Assure a Peaceful Yom Kippur

A meeting between Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi David Lau and Archbishop Elias Chacour will keep the peace on Yom Kippur, the rabbi saidDavid Lev, 9/12/2013, 2:47 PM

Chief Rabbi Makes Surprise 2AM Visit to Market

During a visit to a market in Tzrifin, Chief Rabbi Lau inspected the kashrut system & listened to workers talk about the problems they face.Kochava Rozenbaum , 8/21/2013, 2:25 PM

Peres Welcomes New Chief Rabbis, Snubs Old Ones

Peres welcomes new Chief Rabbis of Israel in formal ceremony; outgoing Chief Rabbis not invited.Maayana Miskin, 8/14/2013, 1:25 PM

Bennett: Stop the Witchhunt!

Bayit Yehudi head slams media for attacking Rabbi Lau over allegedly "racist" comments.Maayana Miskin, 7/30/2013, 3:41 PM

New Chief Rabbi in Racism Scandal

Just days into his new job, Ethiopian-Israeli MK accuses Rabbi David Lau of racism, over comments made about African footballers.Maayana Miskin, 7/30/2013, 2:31 PM