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A story about Rav Ovadia Yosef zts"l - in memoriam

A story about Rav Ovadia Yosef zts"l - in memoriam

Rishon Letzion Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef passed away on 3 Cheshvan. An Arutz Sheva staffer was told this story shortly after his death.Arutz Sheva Staff, 21/10/2020 20:32
Rabbi Uri Samet appointed acting Chief Rabbi of Efrat

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.Mordechai Sones, 23/06/2020 16:23
There will not be a Third Destruction

There will not be a Third Destruction

Things seem to be piling up just now - corona, riots in the USA, economic difficulties and more, but in the long term, they are improving..Rabbi Hagai Lundin, 04/06/2020 23:59
Chief Rabbis: Don't postpone circumcision because of coronavirus

Chief Rabbis: Don't postpone circumcision because of coronavirus

Chief Rabbis of Israel issue letter stating except in case of infected newborn, there is no reason to postpone Brit Milah.Mordechai Sones, 30/03/2020 21:10
Chief Rabbi composes special prayer to halt plague

Chief Rabbi composes special prayer to halt plague

Prayer should be said when Holy Ark is opened on Shabbat, Mondays, and Thursdays when the Torah is read publicly.Mordechai Sones, 05/03/2020 14:19
Religious Council seeks to whittle away Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Stern's authority

Religious Council seeks to whittle away Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Stern's authority

Chairman Yehoshua Yishai requires Rabbi Stern to cease using official stationery provided in his capacity as Jerusalem Rabbi.Mordechai Sones, 16/01/2020 13:49
New Right demands Religious Affairs Ministry

New Right demands Religious Affairs Ministry

New Right coalition negotiation demands include returning Religious portfolio to religious Zionism, appointing religious Zionist Chief RabbiMordechai Sones, 24/12/2019 21:32
Hundreds of Israeli rabbis praise Trump

Hundreds of Israeli rabbis praise Trump

250 rabbis, including Israeli chief rabbis, sign letter thanking US president for his recognition of Israeli rights in Judea and Samaria.Arutz Sheva Staff, 21/11/2019 18:55
Chief Rabbi of Frankfurt: 'Anti-Semitism won't stop us'

Chief Rabbi of Frankfurt: 'Anti-Semitism won't stop us'

Rabbi Avichai Apel says: 'We won't allow anti-Semitism to interfere with our Jewish lives. We'll continue praying without fear.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 09/10/2019 23:32
Argentina's Chief Rabbi released home

Argentina's Chief Rabbi released home

One week after being attacked and hospitalized with severe injuries, Rabbi Gavriel Davidovich released from hospital.Nitzan Kedar, 04/03/2019 19:42
Halabi community's rabbi passes away

Halabi community's rabbi passes away

Syrian community in New York Chief Rabbi Shaul Katzin passes at age 97.Mordechai Sones, 02/12/2018 13:20
Dutch chief rabbi’s son accosted with family on street

Dutch chief rabbi’s son accosted with family on street

'I’ve grown accustomed to thinking about it as normal but now thought we as Jewish community must no longer agree for this to happen to us.'JTA - Mordechai Sones, 18/06/2018 18:32
Chief Rabbi assigned security detail

Chief Rabbi assigned security detail

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef assigned security detail following threats on his life.Ben Shaul, 12/02/2018 00:07
Ethiopian community's new rabbi is hesder yeshiva graduate

Ethiopian community's new rabbi is hesder yeshiva graduate

Chief Ethiopian Jewish rabbi retires, new rabbi learned in Religious Zionist yeshivas and published over ten books.Arutz Sheva Staff, 25/09/2017 11:48
Rabbi Lau consoles Chief Rabbi of Mexico over son-in-law's death

Rabbi Lau consoles Chief Rabbi of Mexico over son-in-law's death

Israeli Chief Rabbi offers his condolences after son-in-law of Mexico's Chief Rabbi pulled from rubble following earthquake.David Rosenberg, 24/09/2017 16:30
Son-in-law of Mexico's Chief Rabbi killed in earthquake

Son-in-law of Mexico's Chief Rabbi killed in earthquake

Rabbi Chaim Ashkenazi was found dead in a collapsed building resulting from Tuesday's 7.1 magnitude earthquake.Tzvi Lev, 24/09/2017 14:35
Tel Aviv yeshiva prepares Ethiopian scholars for rabbinate

Tel Aviv yeshiva prepares Ethiopian scholars for rabbinate

Former chief rabbi visits new yeshiva founded to prepare young Ethiopian Torah scholars for rabbinic ordination..Yoni Kempinski, 28/07/2017 11:50
Standing in for Moshe

Standing in for Moshe

Hearing the right voice.Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg, 21/07/2017 12:43
'Your task is as complex as Moses' job'

'Your task is as complex as Moses' job'

Rivlin blesses new IDF Chief Rabbi with success in new task of 'connecting,' compares Rabbi Karim's job to that of Moses.Arutz Sheva Staff, 19/02/2017 11:36
One Nation, One Kotel and One Chief Rabbinate

One Nation, One Kotel and One Chief Rabbinate

Director of Ateret Cohanim attacks High Court judges who criticized the government.Arutz Sheva Staff, 14/09/2016 18:14
Vienna welcomes new Chief Rabbi

Vienna welcomes new Chief Rabbi

Rabbi Arie Folger elected Chief Rabbi of Austria's capital, with the blessings of the Conference of European Rabbis.Arutz Sheva Staff, 27/12/2015 19:24
Japan's First-Ever Chief Rabbi Tells All

Japan's First-Ever Chief Rabbi Tells All

Rabbi and rabbanit Edery detail the historic appointment, and explain how a tragic tsunami led to a spiritual opening.Ari Yashar, 22/09/2015 14:15
Japan Gets First-Ever Chief Rabbi

Japan Gets First-Ever Chief Rabbi

The head of Tokyo's Chabad House, Rabbi Binyamin Edery, named as Japan's first Chief Rabbi.Moshe Cohen, 17/09/2015 23:00
Herzog: I Will Keep Jerusalem Safe

Herzog: I Will Keep Jerusalem Safe

Yitzchak Herzog paid a visit to the Kotel on Sunday, where he proclaimed his loyalty to the holy site and said he prays daily.Yaakov Levi, 15/03/2015 21:33
Rabbi Yosef; Eliminate Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi

Rabbi Yosef; Eliminate Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi

If any Chief Rabbi should stay on the job, it's he, said Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef - because his office was there first.Yaakov Levi, 04/09/2014 09:22
One Chief Rabbi Bill Passes First Reading

One Chief Rabbi Bill Passes First Reading

The Knesset on Monday voted to approve on its first reading a law that would unify the office of the Chief Rabbi.Yosef Berger, 23/06/2014 23:00
Exclusive Interview with Krakow's New Chief Rabbi

Exclusive Interview with Krakow's New Chief Rabbi

Rabbi Eliezer Gur-Ari, incumbent Chief Rabbi of Krakow, talks to Arutz Sheva on Jewish life - and anti-Semitism - in Poland.Nissan Tzur, 09/06/2014 19:17
Chief Rabbis Asked 'Help Jailed Son Keep Shabbat'

Chief Rabbis Asked 'Help Jailed Son Keep Shabbat'

Father of 'price tag' suspect writes Chief Rabbis following reports of serious abuse of youths, including Shabbat desecration.Ido Ben-Porat, Ari Yashar, 30/05/2014 11:44
Iranian Chief Rabbi Dies

Iranian Chief Rabbi Dies

Rabbi Yousef Hamadani Cohen, 98, dies of illness. What's next for Jews in Iran?AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff, 31/03/2014 18:11
Chief Rabbi Visits Religious Zionist Rav Kook Home

Chief Rabbi Visits Religious Zionist Rav Kook Home

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, 24/12/2013 08:22
Rabbi Metzger Arrested, Detained for Nine Days

Rabbi Metzger Arrested, Detained for Nine Days

For the second time this year, former Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger questioned by police for alleged financial improprieties.David Lev, 18/11/2013 15:28
Porush: Fewer Rabbis? Try Fewer Politicians

Porush: Fewer Rabbis? Try Fewer Politicians

Hareidi MK not pleased by suggestion to elect just one chief rabbi.Maayana Miskin, 12/11/2013 21:16
Bennett: Stop the Witchhunt!

Bennett: Stop the Witchhunt!

Bayit Yehudi head slams media for attacking Rabbi Lau over allegedly "racist" comments.Maayana Miskin, 30/07/2013 15:41
Rabbi Lau: My Son's Victory - Message to the Nazis

Rabbi Lau: My Son's Victory - Message to the Nazis

Former Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau reacts to his son’s election.Yoni Kempinski and A7 staff, 25/07/2013 08:42
Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, Rabbi David Lau Victorious

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, Rabbi David Lau Victorious

A body of 150 rabbis and public figures voted today to elect the two new Chief Rabbis of Israel. Zionist candidates failed.Arutz Sheva, 24/07/2013 19:42
Rabbi Arusi Leaves Rabbinate Race

Rabbi Arusi Leaves Rabbinate Race

Rabbi Ratzon Arusi drops out of race at the last minute, six contenders remain.Maayana Miskin and Ari Soffer, 24/07/2013 15:06
"Religious-Zionists More Suitable for Chief Rabbi"

"Religious-Zionists More Suitable for Chief Rabbi"

Former IDF rabbi explains why religious-Zionist rabbis are better suited to make important Jewish legal rulings.Maayana Miskin, 24/07/2013 13:42
Rabbinate Election Today, ‘Truth Will Prevail’

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, 24/07/2013 08:42
High Court Rejects Appeal Against Rabbi Eliyahu

High Court Rejects Appeal Against Rabbi Eliyahu

The High Court rules that Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu will be allowed to run for the position of Sephardic Chief Rabbi.Elad Benari, 23/07/2013 01:13
Weinstein: R. Eliyahu's Candidacy 'Inappropriate'

Weinstein: R. Eliyahu's Candidacy 'Inappropriate'

A-G will tell Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu his candidacy for Chief Rabbi is inappropriate because of statements on renting land to Arabs.Elad Benari, 16/07/2013 02:46
A-G Warns Rabbi Eliyahu on Chief Rabbi Bid

A-G Warns Rabbi Eliyahu on Chief Rabbi Bid

Attorney General thinks Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, candidate for chief rabbi, has some explaining to do.Gil Ronen, 11/07/2013 19:28
Olmert to Mayors: Vote for Rabbi Lau

Olmert to Mayors: Vote for Rabbi Lau

Former PM calls to vote for ‘personal friend’ Rabbi Lau. Sources close to race say Olmert’s support unhelpful.Maayana Miskin, 05/07/2013 12:25
Deri Defends Comments: ‘Evildoer’ Doesn’t Mean Bad

Deri Defends Comments: ‘Evildoer’ Doesn’t Mean Bad

Shas head defends Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s criticism of Rabbi Stav, says ‘evildoer’ is not necessarily a bad person.Maayana Miskin, 19/06/2013 11:09
‘Amar Law’ Heads toward Approval

‘Amar Law’ Heads toward Approval

Knesset set to allow Rabbi Shlomo Amar to serve a second term as Sephardi Chief Rabbi.Maayana Miskin, 12/06/2013 17:05
Chief Rabbi Candidate Stav: We Will Bring Change

Chief Rabbi Candidate Stav: We Will Bring Change

The head of the Tzohar organization said that he is fully committed to halacha, Jewish lawDavid Lev, 03/06/2013 22:54
Bayit Yehudi’s New Plan in Rabbinate Race

Bayit Yehudi’s New Plan in Rabbinate Race

Bayit Yehudi debates again on support for Chief Rabbi candidates.Maayana Miskin, 02/06/2013 16:45
Minister: Rabbi Stav is What the Public Wants

Minister: Rabbi Stav is What the Public Wants

Orbach says Israelis want a chief rabbi with the ‘Tzohar spirit’ of openness, outreach.Maayana Miskin, 28/05/2013 09:46
Rabbis to Rabbi Stav: Withdraw from Rabbinate Race

Rabbis to Rabbi Stav: Withdraw from Rabbinate Race

Controversy continues in Chief Rabbi race as call is issued for Rabbi Stav to withdraw and support Rabbi Yaakov Ariel.Maayana Miskin, 26/05/2013 11:43
Piron: I’m Protecting Rabbi Ariel – He Would Lose

Piron: I’m Protecting Rabbi Ariel – He Would Lose

Minister Piron says he objects to Rabbi Ariel’s candidacy for the rabbi’s sake. 'He's above this.' Rabbi Druckman doesn't agree.Maayana Miskin, 24/05/2013 10:14
Meretz MK Seeks to Disqualify Rabbi Eliyahu

Meretz MK Seeks to Disqualify Rabbi Eliyahu

MK Esawi Frij says Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu should be barred from Chief Rabbi race due to racism.Maayana Miskin, 30/04/2013 23:07
Has Netanyahu Agreed to Appoint Chief Rabbi Ariel?

Has Netanyahu Agreed to Appoint Chief Rabbi Ariel?

Prime Minister met Naftali Bennett, reportedly agreed to amend law so person over 70 could be appointed.Gil Ronen, 23/04/2013 10:11
Feiglin Proposes Move to Single Israel Chief Rabbi

Feiglin Proposes Move to Single Israel Chief Rabbi

Likud MK Moshe Feiglin says he plans to propose Israel move from two chief rabbis to the leadership of a sole chief rabbi.Chana Ya'ar, 18/04/2013 12:10
Chief Rabbi Candidates Discuss Judaism and State

Chief Rabbi Candidates Discuss Judaism and State

Four candidates for the post of Chief Rabbi discuss Jewish law and state law in Israel.Maayana Miskin, 03/04/2013 00:33
Rabbi Stav: We Want a Friendlier Rabbinate

Rabbi Stav: We Want a Friendlier Rabbinate

Religious Zionist candidate for post of Chief Rabbi explains what changes are needed.Yoni Kempinski & Gil Ronen, 11/03/2013 14:57