Chief Rabbi says more female divorce refusers than male ones

Rabbi Lau says despite narrative, many more males are unable to leave marriages due to recalcitrant wives than the reverse.Tzvi Lev, 9/3/2018, 12:21 PM

Soldier denied shaving exception for not knowing Torah portion

IDF Chaplain decided soldier could not be classified as religious after he didn't know weekly Torah portion.Tzvi Lev, 8/27/2018, 9:16 PM

Police probing major fraud in Rabbinate Kashrut certification

Authorities suspect high-level officials permitted ostensibly food to be imported from overseas in exchange for bribes.Tzvi Lev, 8/20/2018, 1:05 PM

Rabbinate worker arrested on suspicion of bribery

The senior employee allegedly received bribes and favors in the form of money in exchange for special benefits.Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/13/2018, 2:20 PM

Alternative marriage initiative kicks off

Religious services group Hashgacha Pratit launches effort on Monday to marry Israelis outside of the rabbinate's auspices.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/29/2018, 10:06 PM

Marriage activists protest by admitting guilt to the police

Dozens who officiated at unregistered weddings turn themselves into police.Yoni Kempinski, 7/20/2018, 5:24 PM

Prayer for IDF soldiers to now include police as well

The prayer said all over the world on Shabbat and holidays for the safety of IDF soldiers gets a makeover.Tzvi Lev, 7/8/2018, 7:13 PM

Bill: Women in Rabbinate election assembly

Prior to Chief Rabbinate elections, proposal to include women in election assembly to be discussed by Ministerial Committee.Mordechai Sones, 6/10/2018, 11:43 AM

Israeli divorce rate drops

According to new data, fewer couples divorced in 2017. Haredi Beitar Illit divorce rate jumps 61%.Tzvi Lev, 5/3/2018, 4:29 PM

Online post draws backlash in support of new Kashrut supervision

Pro-Rabbinate NGO ripped over calls to boycott restaurant using alternate Kosher supervision as Israelis voice support for Tzohar Kashrut.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/24/2018, 11:39 AM

Petah Tikva businesses transition to new kashrut system

About 300 restaurants and food businesses in Petah Tikva complete transition to new Kashrut system.Mordechai Sones, 2/8/2018, 2:31 PM

The IBA “investigation” of the Rabbinate’s Kosher Certification

Israel Broadcasting Authority or Anti-Religious Broadcasting Authority? Skewed reporting and investigating is rampant in the case of the Rabbinate's kashrut certification- and not only there.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 11/8/2017, 4:53 PM

Rabbinate threatens Tzohar rabbi

Chief Rabbinate warns Rabbi Stav he could lose position as city rabbi if he provides unapproved Kashrut certification.Tzvi Lev, 9/18/2017, 10:15 AM

'A desecration of God's name, very disturbing'

Head of Tzohar rabbinical movement responds to arrest of four rabbis on suspicion of fraud, says system needs to change.Benny Tocker, 9/7/2017, 8:42 PM

Four rabbis arrested for fraud, breach of trust

Police arrest 4 rabbis from various cities on suspicion of fraudulently obtaining 'fitness certificates' qualifying them for title 'rabbi'Mordechai Sones, 9/6/2017, 1:59 PM

Rabbinical Court says 'no' to missionaries

Tel Aviv Rabbinical Court refuses to approve ceremony for two missionaries wishing to marry.Mordechai Sones, 9/6/2017, 1:30 PM

Supreme Court holds major hearing on Western Wall status

The Chief Rabbinate and Reform, Conservative movements face off Thursday at crucial hearing over government's freezing of Western Wall plan.Tzvi Lev, 8/31/2017, 10:18 AM

Chief Rabbi regrets Rabbi Yehoshua Fass blacklist inclusion

'The Chief Rabbi very much values all your endeavors, and has instructed all those involved in this matter to act accordingly.'Mordechai Sones, 7/11/2017, 9:29 PM

National Union bypasses haredim from the right

Faction demands PM act to enable independent legal representation for rabbinate in High Court hearing on Kotel issue.Mordechai Sones, 6/19/2017, 10:57 PM

MK marries abroad to avoid Chief Rabbinate

MK Svetlova: 'The only one that was absent from this beautiful ceremony was the Orthodox rabbinate.'JTA, 4/5/2017, 10:48 PM

Rabbi Stav: Privatize 'kashrut monopoly'

Chairman of liberal Tzohar rabbis' organization calls to create Orthodox alternatives to kashrut offered by Chief Rabbinate.Mordechai Sones, 3/29/2017, 1:47 PM

Number of men testing for rabbinate jumps

40% more men to take upcoming rabbinate tests, rabbinate increases number of graders.Hezki Baruch, 3/22/2017, 7:28 AM

Yesh Atid MK: Rabbinate's kosher certification is worthless

MK Elazar Stern says Rabbinate's kashrut is worthless, system is corrupt.Chezi Dreksler, 1/16/2017, 12:43 PM

'Are we looking for ways to be strict with the Jewish People?No'

'We've solved hundreds of cases, without noise, without advertising. We are doing all we can but we do not own the Torah. G-d does.'Uzi Baruch, 1/11/2017, 10:50 PM

'Is the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem less important than a Mufti?'

Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir says government should treat vandals who hung LBGT flag at Rabbinate offices the same as it treats 'price tag' actsArutz Sheva Staff, 11/20/2016, 4:33 PM

Gay Flag hung up at Rabbinate

The LGBT flag was hung up outside Rabbinate offices, apparently in protest against Rabbi Amar’s recent comments.Shlomo Pyutrikovsky, 11/20/2016, 9:23 AM

Rabbinate rejects conversions by leading US rabbi

Rabbinical Council of America fuming after Israeli Rabbinate rejects four conversions by leading American rabbinic authority.David Rosenberg, 9/25/2016, 10:03 PM

Majority think religious legislation hurts Judaism

Poll by religious group shows majority of Israelis, think aspects of religious laws problematic, especially as they concern marriage.Shai Landesman, 8/11/2016, 11:39 AM

'Stop treating Diaspora rabbis with contempt'

Natan Sharansky, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin join protest over Rabbinate's refusal to recognize conversions by Rabbi Haskel Lookstein.Rachel Kaplan, 7/6/2016, 9:31 AM

PA manufacturers lose kashrut due to security risk

The Civil Administration refuses to allow kashrut supervisors to enter the PA due to security risks.Arutz Sheva Staff, 2/7/2016, 9:43 AM

Rabbis Set Up 'Independent' Conversion Courts

A group of rabbis has set up a “competing” independent of Jewish Court of Law (Beit Din) which will exclusively handle conversions.Moshe Cohen, 8/10/2015, 6:51 PM

New Kosher Law to Shore Up 'Holes' in Supervision

A new law that would significantly restrict the definition of 'kosher' at food establishments was approved for legislation Sunday.Moshe Cohen, 7/19/2015, 7:16 PM

Rabbanut Warns Against False Kashrut on Cheese

Several cheeses being sold may have foreign kashrut approval, but are not licensed under the Rabbinate.Yishai Karov, 5/20/2015, 8:04 PM

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

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.Moshe Cohen, 12/9/2014, 9:34 PM

MK: No Prison for 'Off Record' Marriages

An MK seeks to change a law which threatens prison for Israelis who don't tell the Rabbinate they are married.Yaakov Levi, 11/30/2014, 3:52 PM

Rabbinate: For Sabbath's Sake, Postpone Lag B'Omer

The Chief Rabbinate on Sunday asked that Lag B'omer celebrations be delayed by a day this year, in order to prevent Sabbath violations.Yosef Berger, 5/11/2014, 3:59 PM

Record Number of Rabbis Graduate from YU

Dean of US Modern Orthodoxy's flagship rabbinical seminary explains how his boys are bucking the trend of US assimilation rates.Ari Soffer, 3/19/2014, 2:56 PM

Mikvah Workers Outraged by Fine for Nosiness

Female mikvah supervisors upset by proposed law that threatens 50,000 shekel fine for asking unwanted questions.Maayana Miskin, 3/2/2014, 10:47 AM

French Oleh Seeks 'Shabbat Restos' for Jerusalem

Immigrant oleh French businessman Laurent Levy wants Jerusalem restaurants to open on Shabbat - and remain kosher.David Lev, 2/13/2014, 7:57 PM

Jewish Home MK to Lapid: Apologize to Chief Rabbis

MK Yoni Chetboun slammed Finance Minister, who wants the rabbis sacked over a statement against women in the military.David Lev, 1/12/2014, 6:04 PM

Tzohar Law Takes Effect

Religious-Zionist community embraces Tzohar Law, praises benefit of competitive services, accessibility of Jewish marriage in Israel.Tova Dvorin, 12/31/2013, 9:18 AM

Proposal: 'Kosher Cops' to Take on Kashrut Fraud

A new proposal by Deputy Minister in charge of Religious Affairs Eli Ben-Dahan would establish a unit to battle Kashrut fraudDavid Lev, 12/30/2013, 8:53 PM

Tzohar: Release List of 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

Women of the Wall Calls in US Reserves

Three Reform missions from US called in to swell group numbers for organization's 25th anniversary; leader has called to scrap rabbinate.Ari Yashar, 11/4/2013, 2:38 PM

MK: Make CEOs Responsible for Animal Abuse

Exposure of animal cruelty leads MK to propose new criminal law. Rabbis join investigation.Maayana Miskin, 11/3/2013, 2:53 PM

New Law Lets Marrying Couples Pick Their Rabbi

Couples can now marry in any city or town in the country, select rabbi they feel comfortable with, making Jewish marriage easier.David Lev, 10/28/2013, 10:10 PM

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.Maayana Miskin, 10/9/2013, 4:27 PM

Rabbinate: Tons of Rice Infected With Bugs

The Chief Rabbinate on Sunday warned Israelis to check their rice – for bugsDavid Lev, 9/15/2013, 9:25 PM

Rabbinate Weighs in on Kaparot Controversy

The Rabbinate supports use of chickens for ‘atonement’ ritual – but with caution.Maayana Miskin, 9/11/2013, 2:42 AM

Ramle Slaughterhouse: Not Kosher

Chief Rabbinate of Israel made ​​it clear today that kosher certificate granted by Ramle Rabbinate to slaughterhouse Tal Hal Iska is invalidKochava Rozenbaum, 8/13/2013, 8:26 PM

Bennett: They’re Trying to Scare Us

Bennett: No need to fear staying in our land.Maayana Miskin, 7/26/2013, 12:52 PM

Lapid: Rabbinate Irrelevant

Lapid: Rabbinate ‘irrelevant' - what Israel needs is civil marriage, gay marriage and freedom from religion.Maayana Miskin, 7/25/2013, 4:45 PM

Ben-Dahan: Results show Rabbi Yosef’s Power

Deputy Minister: religious-Zionist rabbis lost because the religious-Zionist community has no Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.Maayana Miskin, 7/25/2013, 1:43 PM

Rabbi Arusi Leaves Rabbinate Race

Rabbi Ratzon Arusi drops out of race at the last minute, six contenders remain.Maayana Miskin and Ari Soffer, 7/24/2013, 3:06 PM

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.Maayana Miskin, 7/24/2013, 8:42 AM

Rabbi Simcha Kook Slams Enlistment Plans

The Chief Rabbi of Rehovot says some want to fight Torah learning because they see its impact, criticizes Chief Rabbinate candidacy.Maayana Miskin, 6/16/2013, 7:35 PM