Rabbis Set Up 'Independent' Conversion CourtsA group of rabbis has set up a “competing” independent of Jewish Court of Law (Beit Din) which will exclusively handle conversions.
New Kosher Law to Shore Up 'Holes' in SupervisionA new law that would significantly restrict the definition of 'kosher' at food establishments was approved for legislation Sunday.
Rabbanut Warns Against False Kashrut on CheeseSeveral cheeses being sold may have foreign kashrut approval, but are not licensed under the Rabbinate.
Rabbi Lau: Beware 'Fake Rabbi Kashrut' ProposalA proposal by the Attorney General could cause grievous damage to kosher consumers, Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau said.
Inspectors Seize 20 Tons of 'Phony Food'Inspectors detained and destroyed some 20 tons of meat and other food items that had not been inspected or approved by Israeli authorities.
MK: No Prison for 'Off Record' MarriagesAn MK seeks to change a law which threatens prison for Israelis who don't tell the Rabbinate they are married.
Rabbinate: For Sabbath's Sake, Postpone Lag B'OmerThe Chief Rabbinate on Sunday asked that Lag B'omer celebrations be delayed by a day this year, in order to prevent Sabbath violations.
Record Number of Rabbis Graduate from YUDean of US Modern Orthodoxy's flagship rabbinical seminary explains how his boys are bucking the trend of US assimilation rates.
Mikvah Workers Outraged by Fine for NosinessFemale mikvah supervisors upset by proposed law that threatens 50,000 shekel fine for asking unwanted questions.
French Oleh Seeks 'Shabbat Restos' for JerusalemImmigrant oleh French businessman Laurent Levy wants Jerusalem restaurants to open on Shabbat - and remain kosher.
Jewish Home MK to Lapid: Apologize to Chief RabbisMK Yoni Chetboun slammed Finance Minister, who wants the rabbis sacked over a statement against women in the military.
Tzohar Law Takes EffectReligious-Zionist community embraces Tzohar Law, praises benefit of competitive services, accessibility of Jewish marriage in Israel.
Proposal: 'Kosher Cops' to Take on Kashrut FraudA new proposal by Deputy Minister in charge of Religious Affairs Eli Ben-Dahan would establish a unit to battle Kashrut fraud
Tzohar: Release List of Approved Diaspora RabbisRabbi David Stav, Tzohar's director, calls on Rabbinate to released list of rabbis abroad who can legally determine Jewish status.
Women of the Wall Calls in US ReservesThree Reform missions from US called in to swell group numbers for organization's 25th anniversary; leader has called to scrap rabbinate.
MK: Make CEOs Responsible for Animal AbuseExposure of animal cruelty leads MK to propose new criminal law. Rabbis join investigation.
New Law Lets Marrying Couples Pick Their RabbiCouples can now marry in any city or town in the country, select rabbi they feel comfortable with, making Jewish marriage easier.
MK Praises Civil Marriage: ‘The Time has Come’Yesh Atid MK recalls her 30-second US marriage ceremony with satisfaction, calls for civil ceremonies in Israel.
Rabbinate: Tons of Rice Infected With BugsThe Chief Rabbinate on Sunday warned Israelis to check their rice – for bugs
Rabbinate Weighs in on Kaparot ControversyThe Rabbinate supports use of chickens for ‘atonement’ ritual – but with caution.
Ramle Slaughterhouse: Not KosherChief Rabbinate of Israel made it clear today that kosher certificate granted by Ramle Rabbinate to slaughterhouse Tal Hal Iska is invalid
Bennett: They’re Trying to Scare UsBennett: No need to fear staying in our land.
Lapid: Rabbinate IrrelevantLapid: Rabbinate ‘irrelevant' - what Israel needs is civil marriage, gay marriage and freedom from religion.
Ben-Dahan: Results show Rabbi Yosef’s PowerDeputy Minister: religious-Zionist rabbis lost because the religious-Zionist community has no Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.
Rabbi Arusi Leaves Rabbinate RaceRabbi Ratzon Arusi drops out of race at the last minute, six contenders remain.
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.
Rabbi Simcha Kook Slams Enlistment PlansThe Chief Rabbi of Rehovot says some want to fight Torah learning because they see its impact, criticizes Chief Rabbinate candidacy.
Minister: Rabbi Stav is What the Public WantsOrbach says Israelis want a chief rabbi with the ‘Tzohar spirit’ of openness, outreach.
Rabbis to Rabbi Stav: Withdraw from Rabbinate RaceControversy continues in Chief Rabbi race as call is issued for Rabbi Stav to withdraw and support Rabbi Yaakov Ariel.
Jewish Home Split over Rabbinate VoteFrustration in Jewish Home party as support split between Rabbi Ariel, Rabbi Stav.
Proposal: Rabbis Cannot Take Payment for WeddingsA new proposal would see state-employed rabbis banned from taking payment for conducting marriages in their jurisdiction.
Rabbinate: Yom Ha'atzma'ut a Day to Praise G-dYom Ha'atzma'ut is a day to thank G-d for the miracles of Israel, the Rabbinate said
Rabbinate Busts Fake Kosher Greens RingThe Rabbinate’s anti-fraud branch finds leafy vegetables wrongly labeled as kosher using kosher company’s bags.
Chief Rabbi Candidates Discuss Judaism and StateFour candidates for the post of Chief Rabbi discuss Jewish law and state law in Israel.
For the First Time, Religious ‘Status Quo’ OutFor the first time in Israel’s history, the coalition agreement does not include a commitment to the religious-secular “status quo.”
Bennett’s First Speech: ‘Fearless Leadership’Naftali Bennett takes on tycoons, unions and the Rabbinate in his first Knesset speech, and calls for “fearless leadership.”
Campaign: Make Chief Rabbinate More RelevantThe Tzohar organization undertakes a PR campaign to connect the Chief Rabbinate to the Israeli public. It is even on Facebook.
Ministry: Get Ready for 'Kosher Electricity'The Infrastructures Ministry, in cooperation with the Israel Electric Company, is seeking to introduce 'kosher electricity' to Israel.
Boy Sues to be Youngest RabbiA 14-year-old who took the ordination exam has sued to force the Rabbinate to grade his test and declare him a rabbi if he passed it.
Organ Donor Criteria are KosherThe Rabbinate has given its approval to guidelines determining when a person has died and may have their organs removed for transplant.
Rabbis Battle Missionary BakeryAfter High Court says bakery owned by missionary must receive kashrut certificate, Rabbi Melamed calls for uncompromising stand against the court.