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News and updates about Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

New book salutes life and work of Efrat's founding rabbi

Compendium of scholarly articles launched in tribute to Rabbi Shlomo Riskin.

New book salutes life and work of Efrat's founding rabbi

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Rabbi Uri Samet appointed acting Chief Rabbi of Efrat

Rabbi Uri Samet to be appointed Rabbi Shlomo Riskin's replacement for marriage and kashrut until permanent replacement appointed.

Rabbi Uri Samet appointed acting Chief Rabbi of Efrat

'We should thank Trump'

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin finds no cause for concern in Trump's plan: The Arabs refuse and will receive nothing. We should be saying thank you.

'We should thank Trump'

Rabbi Riskin: 'Those over 70 should not go to synagogue'

Efrat rabbi urges public: Follow Health Ministry guidelines, take added precautions. 'Those age 70 and older should not pray with a minyan.'

Rabbi Riskin: 'Those over 70 should not go to synagogue'

New play celebrates the life of Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Actor Jacky Levy debuts new one-man play about the life and legacy of Efrat chief rabbi, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin.

New play celebrates the life of Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Meet the real Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

The rabbi who founded the city of Efrat is sometimes seen as controversial.

Meet the real Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Hebrew U leads Israel in number of PhDs this year

335 students will be awarded, with honorary degrees going to individuals including Miriam Naor, Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin, Judea Pearl.

Hebrew U leads Israel in number of PhDs this year

Ohr Torah Stone inaugurates Rabbi Kenneth Brander

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin passes leadership of Ohr Torah Stone movement he founded to Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander

Ohr Torah Stone inaugurates Rabbi Kenneth Brander

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Rabbi Riskin: US Jews, move to Israel

Efrat rabbi calls on US Jewry to recognize Israel as their home following Pittsburgh synagogue massacre.

Rabbi Riskin: US Jews, move to Israel

'Brushes with the Bible' - when Torah and art meet

Book launched combining sermons of Rabbi Shlomo Riskin with commentators, midrashim, interspersed with breathtaking works of art.

'Brushes with the Bible' - when Torah and art meet

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin to join Chief Rabbinate Council?

Leading religious Zionist rabbi and spiritual leader of Efrat says Chief Rabbinate must represent all Orthodox Jews reach to secular Jews.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin to join Chief Rabbinate Council?

Marcel Lindenbaum passes away

Philanthropist and supporter of women's Torah study passes away. 'Noble, modest, and honest.'

Marcel Lindenbaum passes away

Two Torah talks: For Israel and for the Diaspora

Two Torah talks: For  Israel and for the Diaspora

Meet the real Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

The rabbi who founded the city of Efrat is sometimes seen as controversial. Meet the real Rabbi Riskin.

Meet the real Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

You say you want a revolution?

You say you want a revolution?

'Trump's recognition of J'lem was the right response to Obama'

Rabbi of Efrat Shlomo Riskin saysTrump's recognition of Jerusalem was the inevitable response to the UN resolution Obama allowed to pass.

'Trump's recognition of J'lem was the right response to Obama'

Uniting heaven and earth

Uniting heaven and earth

Rabbi Riskin to step down from Ohr Torah network he founded

Rabbi Riskin is to be succeeded by Rabbi Kenneth Brander, Yeshiva University administrator.

Rabbi Riskin to step down from Ohr Torah network he founded

Rabbi Ariel: LGBT people are not 'forced' to sin

Leading rabbi says claiming homosexuals are 'forced' into acting the way they do allows criminals to say the same.

Rabbi Ariel: LGBT people are not 'forced' to sin

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin's remarks on homosexual relations: A response

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin's remarks on homosexual relations: A response

Reform and Us - cooperation or conflict?

Rabbi Riskin's remarks calling Reform movement 'partners' draws call for liberal religious Zionist soul-searching on Halakha, Reform.

Reform and Us - cooperation or conflict?

Rabbi Riskin: Respect, don't demean

Efrat rabbi says he sees Reform, Conservative as partners, and hopes the chief rabbis will listen to his message.

Rabbi Riskin: Respect, don't demean

Rabbi Riskin: Reform and Conservative are part of Israel'

Religious Zionist Rabbi Shlomo Riskin says Diaspora Jewry can teach Israelis about religious pluralism.

Rabbi Riskin: Reform and Conservative are part of Israel'

'Trump did a great thing'

Efrat's rabbi points out President's true achievement: 'Succeeded in uniting Sunni countries against terrorism; we are no longer isolated'.

'Trump did a great thing'

Religious Zionist liberals

'It is forbidden to serve in mixed units'

Religious Zionist liberals Yaakov Medan, Shlomo Riskin, David Stav and others issue statements opposing the mixed service directive

'It is forbidden to serve in mixed units'

Rabbi Riskin: The UN is a bunch of hypocrites

"We are not slaves here, we receive charity from no-one; this is our land."

Rabbi Riskin:  The UN is a bunch of hypocrites

Rabbi Riskin: Trump's victory is a victory for the Jewish people

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin analyzes the dramatic victory of Trump as a victory for Israel and for the Jewish people

Rabbi Riskin: Trump's victory is a victory for the Jewish people

Book Review: "Why Open Orthodoxy is not Orthodox"

Book Review: "Why Open Orthodoxy is not Orthodox"

Jerusalem protest: 'Stop treating Diaspora rabbis with contempt'

Natan Sharansky, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin join protest over Rabbinate's refusal to recognize conversions by Rabbi Haskel Lookstein.

Jerusalem protest: 'Stop treating Diaspora rabbis with contempt'

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No, Rabbi Riskin: Reform and Conservative Movements are a danger

The Reform and Conservative movements are not allies, but pose a clear danger to Jewish continuity.

No, Rabbi Riskin: Reform and Conservative Movements are a danger

Mikveh controversy - Arutz Sheva exclusive

Rabbi Riskin urges Israelis: End the 'war' on Reform Jews

Chief Rabbi of Efrat says Israelis have a misperception of Reform, Conservative Jews; 'They're our partners, not our enemies.'

Rabbi Riskin urges Israelis: End the 'war' on Reform Jews

Ohr Torah on Bamidbar (Diaspora): Shavuot

Ohr Torah on Bamidbar (Diaspora): Shavuot 

Ohr Torah: Kedoshim (for the Diaspora)l

Ohr Torah: Kedoshim (for the Diaspora)l

Conversion ruling dents Chief Rabbinate's control of ritual

Supreme Court decision on Jewish conversion changes almost nothing, but down the line, it could change a lot.

Conversion ruling dents Chief Rabbinate's control of ritual

'As we defeated Haman, we must defeat Ayatollah Khamenei'

Efrat chief rabbi speaks with Arutz Sheva about connection between Purim, nuclear Iran.

'As we defeated Haman, we must defeat Ayatollah Khamenei'

Rabbi Riskin opposes celebration of secular New Year

Chief Rabbi of Efrat says celebrating 'Sylvester' not in keeping with Jewish spirit.

Rabbi Riskin opposes celebration of secular New Year

Ohr Torah on the Parsha: War on Women and Children?

Ohr Torah on the Parsha: War on Women and Children?

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.

Rabbi Riskin Clarifies: Converts Must Keep Torah Commandments

Rabbi Riskin: 'There Is No Rebellion Against Rabbinate'

Rabbi of Efrat explains that the decision to establish independent conversion courts is 'completely within Halacha.'

Rabbi Riskin: 'There Is No Rebellion Against Rabbinate'

Joint Israeli-Palestinian Prayers to be Held for Arson Victims

Rabbis and Sheikhs to unite for prayer rally for victims' recovery. Rabbi Riskin: 'If we lose our morals, we don't deserve a state.'

Joint Israeli-Palestinian Prayers to be Held for Arson Victims

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Rabbi Riskin: Reform or Orthodox, We Must Embrace Every Jew

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin slams Shas minister for remarks against Reform Jews, asserts 'we can only bring people closer to Torah through love.'

Rabbi Riskin: Reform or Orthodox, We Must Embrace Every Jew

Rabbinate Controversy Over, Rabbi Riskin Comes Out Fighting

In first public speech since speculation over his position, Rabbi Riskin criticizes Rabbinate's conduct, says it's pushing people away.

Rabbinate Controversy Over, Rabbi Riskin Comes Out Fighting

Ending the Controversy: Rabbi Riskin's Term Officially Extended

The rabbi of Efrat received the approval of the Chief Rabbinate Council for extending his term until he is 80, after Haaretz report flap.

Ending the Controversy: Rabbi Riskin's Term Officially Extended

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.

Chief Rabbi: Rabbi Riskin Won't Be Fired

On the Rabbi Riskin Saga: Don’t Disqualify the Torah Scroll

On the Rabbi Riskin Saga: Don’t Disqualify the Torah Scroll

Bennett: I Will Represent Rabbi Riskin, if Needed

Education Minister Naftali Bennett slammed attempts to unseat Rabbi Shlomo Riskin as Efrat chief rabbi as 'unacceptable.'

Bennett: I Will Represent Rabbi Riskin, if Needed

Rabbinate Hints It May Not Renew Rabbi Riskin's Term

The Chief Rabbinate on Wednesday hinted that it was under strong pressure to remove Rabbi Shlomo Riskin as Chief Rabbi of Efrat

Rabbinate Hints It May Not Renew Rabbi Riskin's Term

Rabbi Riskin: Chief Rabbinate Must Speak to Everyone

Chief Rabbi of Efrat puzzles over dismissal rumors, notes that Rabbinate is important - but must address non-haredi communities.

Rabbi Riskin: Chief Rabbinate Must Speak to Everyone

Report: Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Faces Deposal

Sources say Chief Rabbinate looking to get rid of Efrat's veteran Chief Rabbi; Tzohar threatens to fight any moves to do so.

Report: Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Faces Deposal

Shavuot: The Jewish Attitude Towards the Convert

Shavuot: The Jewish Attitude Towards the Convert

Ohr Torah on Behar and Bechukotai

Ohr Torah on Behar and Bechukotai

Torah Lights on Emor in the Diaspora, Behar in Israel

Torah Lights on Emor in the Diaspora, Behar in Israel

Rabbi Riskin Concerned over Haredi Control of Religious Affairs

Efrat's chief rabbi tells Jewish Home to press for 'reform,' both in divorce rights for women in religious courts and in the conversion law.

Rabbi Riskin Concerned over Haredi Control of Religious Affairs

Ohr Torah: Achrei Mot-Kedoshim in Diaspora, Emor in Israel

Ohr Torah: Achrei Mot-Kedoshim in Diaspora, Emor in Israel

Ohr Torah: Two Essays on the Diaspora and Israel Readings

Ohr Torah: Two Essays on the Diaspora and Israel Readings

Rabbi Riskin Defends Jewish-Christian Independence Day Prayer

Chief Rabbi of Efrat rejects haredi attack over interfaith Independence Day thanksgiving prayer. 'What could be more appropriate than this?'

Rabbi Riskin Defends Jewish-Christian Independence Day Prayer

Shmini in the Diaspora, Tazria-Metzora in Israel

Shmini in the Diaspora, Tazria-Metzora in Israel

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.

Controversy in Jewish Home as Barbs Traded over Conversion Law

“The Lord will do battle for you and you shall be silent”

“The Lord will do battle for you and you shall be silent”

Ohr Torah on the Seder

Ohr Torah on the Seder