Lapid: Rabbi Yosef should apologize

Blue and White leader: I don't understand why Chief Rabbi has to stand in front of the camera and insult hundreds of thousands of people.Arutz Sheva Staff, 1/8/2020, 5:38 AM

'Politicians distorting my words, inciting against halakhic Judaism'

Chief Rabbi responds to criticism of his comments on immigrants from the former Soviet Union.Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, 1/7/2020, 3:39 PM

Tzohar leader threatens to sue Chief Rabbi for lying about mass conversions

Tzohar chairman Rabbi David Stav blasts Chief Rabbi for accusing him of performing quickie conversions, denigrating state conversion system.Yoni Kempinski, 1/7/2020, 2:04 PM

Netanyahu hits Chief Rabbi for 'unacceptable' comments on non-Jewish immigrants

Netanyahu lauds immigration from ex-USSR, joins in criticism of Chief Rabbi's comments on 'anti-religious' non-Jewish immigrants.Arutz Sheva Staff, 1/7/2020, 11:30 AM

Chief Rabbi under fire for comments on non-Jewish immigration to Israel

Calls to remove Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef from office after rabbi accuses non-Jewish immigrants of promoting anti-religious agendaDavid Rosenberg, 1/7/2020, 9:33 AM

Imprisoned Israeli's mother has hope for Hanukkah

Naama Issachar's mother meets in Moscow with the Chief Sephardi Rabbi of Israel and the Chief Rabbi of Russia.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/17/2019, 3:36 AM

Chief rabbi: 'Form a unity government, without boycotts'

Rabbis call for a break in deadlock, push unity government.Yoni Kempinski, 10/16/2019, 1:06 PM

Rabbi Yosef reveals the charged debate over the Temple Mount

Chief Rabbi reveals 2 members of Chief Rabbinical Council demanded sign declaring prohibition against ascending Temple Mount be removed.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/21/2019, 12:09 PM

Chief Rabbi of Rosh Ha’ayin dies at 74

Rabbi Azaria Basis, Chief Rabbi of Rosh Ha’ayin and leader of Yemenite Jewish community, dies at 74.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/31/2018, 11:51 PM

El Al flight lands on Shabbat due to 'pikuach nefesh'

Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef grants permission for El Al flight to land in Israel after Shabbat due to health of one of the passengers.Arutz Sheva North America Staff, 11/16/2018, 8:47 PM

Netanyahu's response to Chief Rabbis

PM: Place of Pittsburgh massacre chosen because it is a synagogue after Chief Rabbis refuse to call Conservative congregation a synagogue.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/29/2018, 4:27 PM

Israeli Chief Rabbi: Anti-Semitism reared its head in US

Sephardic Chief Rabbi offers condolences to families of synagogue massacre victims, urges 'caution' as anti-Semitism 'rears its head'.David Rosenberg, 10/28/2018, 3:28 PM

Attorney General halts appointment of rabbinical judges

A-G Mandelblit halts promotion of chief rabbis' relatives after management of the rabbinical court fails to meet Justice Ministry's demands.Arutz Sheva Staff, 9/12/2018, 2:43 PM

Chief Rabbi: Tel Aviv mayor ate a dog and lost his mind

Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef slams Tel Aviv mayor over construction on Shabbat, says time he ate a dog in Vietnam affected him.Gary Willig, 8/27/2018, 10:50 PM

Chief Rabbi: 'Edah's ban on Ethiopian employees is pure racism'

Sephardic Chief Rabbi blasts decision by prominent haredi court to ban Ethiopian Jews from wine production.David Rosenberg, 6/26/2018, 9:10 AM

Prisoners may pray in hat and suit

At request of Chief Rabbi, Prison Service formulates outline allowing those accustomed to praying in hat and suit to also do so in prison.Hezki Baruch, 5/31/2018, 1:03 PM

Chief Rabbi assigned security detail

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef assigned security detail following threats on his life.Ben Shaul, 2/12/2018, 12:07 AM

Israeli rabbis, MKs included on Hamas hit list

Chief Rabbi of Israel Yitzhak Yosef, former Chief Rabbi of Hevron Dov Lior, MK Yehuda Glick, ex-MK Moshe Feiglin on Hamas hit list.David Rosenberg, 2/8/2018, 8:05 PM

Religious Services Minister requests security for Chief Rabbi

Chief Rabbinate complains to police for incitement to the murder of Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef by Hamas terrorists.Ben Shaul, 2/8/2018, 4:44 AM

Smotrich to the Chief of Staff: Get it together

Jewish Home MK blasts Chief of Staff's order to boycott the Chief Rabbi: Appears to be illegal.Hezki Baruch, 1/22/2018, 2:04 AM

IDF Chief of Staff refuses to meet with Chief Rabbi of Israel

Sources tell Arutz Sheva IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot is boycotting Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, cancelling planned meeting with him.Ido Ben Porat, 1/21/2018, 9:59 PM

Chief Rabbi pays condolence visit to terror victim's family

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef visits the home of Rabbi Raziel Shevach. "He was immersed in Torah and kindness."Hezki Baruch, 1/15/2018, 2:34 AM

Chief Rabbi speaks out against death penalty for terrorists

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef says death penalty to terrorists law is against halakha, would endanger Jews.Arutz Sheva Staff, 1/7/2018, 1:56 AM

'A special family of Torah and kindness'

Rabbis and family members eulogize Aliza Azan and her three children, who perished when their Flatbush home went up in flames.Yoni Kempinski, 12/20/2017, 1:38 PM

Chief rabbis celebrate Hanukkah with disabled children

Israel's chief rabbis and the most severely wounded soldier from 2014's Protective Edge celebrate Hanukkah together at center for disabled.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/15/2017, 7:47 AM

Chief Rabbi: They talk as if haredim don't serve in the army

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef says haredim do serve in the army, slams IDF for forcing men to listen to women singing.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/4/2017, 1:07 PM

Chief Rabbi of Israel visits California

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef speaks at Los Angeles yeshiva during visit to Jewish communities in Southern California.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/26/2017, 9:25 PM

Sephardic Chief Rabbi to resign and join Shas?

Report says that Shas is considering asking Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef to resign his post in order to revitalize the party.Tzvi Lev, 11/2/2017, 5:08 PM

Chief Rabbi: No need to change child support laws

Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yosef claims rabbinical courts rule fairly on child support, no need to change laws.Haim Lev, 10/19/2017, 10:10 AM

Rabbinical Courts chief against conversion law

Chief Rabbi blasts attempts to revive Jewish practice of polygamy, says his father's words have been quoted selectively.Arutz Sheva Staff, 6/25/2017, 5:15 PM

Chief rabbi: This is what IDF soldiers should do when women sing

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef tells IDF soldiers what he did in similar situation, says soldiers should follow his example.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/28/2017, 10:11 AM

President Rivlin says once-a-year blessing on trees

President Rivlin goes into President's Residence garden to make special once-a-year blessing with Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yosef.Yoni Kempinski, 4/19/2017, 1:02 PM

Sephardic Chief Rabbi okays cigarettes

All cigarettes kosher for Passover, Israel’s Sephardi chief rabbi says.JTA, Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/12/2017, 7:53 AM

Chief Rabbi blesses Netanyahu: May God be with you

Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef speaks with Netanyahu ahead of Wednesday's meeting with US President Trump.Hezki Baruch, 2/13/2017, 10:09 AM

Sephardic Chief Rabbi: Do not fear the women's organizations

Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef calls on rabbinical judges not to cave in to pressure from interest groups.Arutz Sheva Staff, 2/8/2017, 2:06 PM

'Even Putin knows our strength comes from the mitzvot'

Chief Rabbi emphasizes importance of commitment to commandments in religious conversion.Yedidya Ben-Or, 1/2/2017, 2:55 PM

MK makes 'rude and insolent' remarks about Chief Rabbi

The Shas party strongly protested the condemnation of Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef by MK Elazar SternArutz Sheva Staff, 12/14/2016, 5:07 PM

'He who ascends the Temple Mount needs to repent'

Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef strongly opposed ascending the Temple Mount on the anniversary of Rabbi Kook's passing.Hezki Baruch, 9/9/2016, 10:38 AM

Shaked 'won't let any judges be disqualified'

Source close to Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked insists she won't give in to pressure against religious Zionist rabbinic judges.Shlomo Piotrokovsky, 7/12/2016, 1:52 PM

Political fight holds up rabbinic court appointees

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

'Torah institutions flowering thanks to Netanyahu'

Leading rabbis and politicians take part in sheva brachot of Chief Rabbi Yosef's youngest daughter, and recall Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.Orli Harari, 6/3/2016, 2:30 PM

Sephardi Chief Rabbi marries off youngest daughter

Leading political and religious figures join thousands of other well-wishers at wedding of Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef's youngest daughter.Arutz Sheva Staff, 6/2/2016, 4:08 PM

Chief Rabbi: Ind. Day Hallel without blessing

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef's ruling based on that of his father, Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef.Haim Lev, 5/13/2016, 12:54 PM

Chief Rabbi: Could we study without soldiers?

Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yosef on Independence Day calls to be grateful to secular founders of Israel, urges spiritual independence too.Hezki Baruch, 5/12/2016, 4:26 PM

High Court: Private conversions get citizenship

Chief Rabbi slams giving official recognition to 'unsupervised pirate conversion industry,' MK Smotrich vows to draft a bill against it.Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/31/2016, 6:46 PM

Chief Rabbi: Killing downed terrorists forbidden

Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef says remarks on gentiles in Israel were taken out of context, insists he believes in tolerance.Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/29/2016, 11:57 AM

Chief Rabbi: Gentiles must keep Noahide Laws

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef says according to Jewish law, only gentiles who observe the Seven Noahide Laws can live in Israel.Shoshana Miskin, 3/27/2016, 10:29 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

Chief Rabbi: No photos of terror casualties

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef says people should avoid looking at photos and videos of bloodied victims.Gil Ronen, 11/19/2015, 9:48 PM

'The PA Acts Just Like ISIS'

Official delegation led by Sephardic Chief Rabbi assesses damage to Joseph's Tomb, finds 'the PA was involved.'Yoni Kempinski, 10/19/2015, 7:53 AM

Chief Rabbi: Kohen Who Kills Terrorist Can Bless

A Kohen who kills a terrorist may still recite the priestly blessing of peace, says Rabbi Yosef.Hezki Baruch, 10/18/2015, 6:52 PM

Public Officials Rally Behind Givat Zev Synagogue

Sephardic Chief Rabbi, several MKs call to keep synagogue standing despite Supreme Court demolition order.Shimon Cohen, 10/6/2015, 8:37 AM

Rabbis Disagree on Safety of Jews Visiting Kotel

Gur Rebbe reportedly bars followers from visiting Western Wall in light of stabbings; Sephardic Chief Rabbi urges Jews to visit.Tova Dvorin, 10/4/2015, 2:27 PM

Watch: Chief Rabbi Leads Prayer Rally at the Kotel

Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yosef calls prayers to show defiance after stabbing attack, urges Jews to turn out at site in demand for security.Chaim Lev, 10/4/2015, 12:31 AM

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

Chief Rabbinate 'Fighting for its Very Survival'

At the grave of Israel's first Chief Rabbi, Sephardic Chief Rabbi urges Opposition leader to 'follow in his grandfather's footsteps.'Ari Soffer, 7/12/2015, 1:55 PM

Chief Rabbi Tells UN's Ban: Fight the Boycott

Rabbi Yosef addresses World Congress of Religious Leaders, warns 'words can kill' and recites a Jewish prayer for peace.Orli Harari, 6/10/2015, 2:57 PM