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Chief Rabbinate refuses to give easier tests

Students for Rabbinical Ordination will not be given any leniencies on their tests due to lengthy periods of reserve service.

Chief Rabbinate refuses to give easier tests

Last Testament of Rabbi Ben-Zion Uziel: Lessons for Generations

He represented the Torah and all Jewry with honor, great wisdom and modesty.

Last Testament of Rabbi Ben-Zion Uziel: Lessons for Generations

'The head of the court was snuck out the back door'

The Chief Rabbi's bureau chief describes the feelings as hundreds of protesters surrounded the court, trapping judges and litigants.

'The head of the court was snuck out the back door'

Finance Min. meets Religious Zionist candidate for Chief Rabbi

Finance MIn. Bezalel Smotrich meets Rabbi Meir Kahane, congratulates him on candidacy for Chief Rabbinate.

Finance Min. meets Religious Zionist candidate for Chief Rabbi

Sephardic Chief Rabbi won't stay on: 'I want to focus on Torah'

'I expect and hope to end my term, and to focus on Torah and service of G-d,' Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef says.

Sephardic Chief Rabbi won't stay on: 'I want to focus on Torah'

Chief rabbis' terms to be extended as elections pushed off

Elections for Chief Rabbinate to be delayed until early next year, allowing time for legislation and distancing them from local elections.

Chief rabbis' terms to be extended as elections pushed off

Hundreds awaiting testing dates for rabbinical ordination

Numerous inquiries regarding the delay in publishing testing dates have left students across Israel worried for their study schedule.

Hundreds awaiting testing dates for rabbinical ordination

Members of incoming gov. discuss plan to replace kashrut reform

The new plan, which will replace Matan Kahana's reform, will include digitization and will give more authority to supervisors.

Members of incoming gov. discuss plan to replace kashrut reform

A reaffirmation of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate

Israel’s chief rabbis have been the object of vindictive and unfair criticism. Op-ed.

A reaffirmation of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate

New line of stamps to feature chief rabbis

The line was launched at a meeting commemorating the anniversary of the death of Rabbi Kook, the rabbinate's founder.

New line of stamps to feature chief rabbis

Opposition takes aim at reforms to kosher supervision

Amendments designed to restore powers of Chief Rabbinate weakened by former Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana.

Opposition takes aim at reforms to kosher supervision

The Rise and Fall of Israel's 36th government

As predicted, over the last few weeks the pace of the dissolution of this government has heated up with its demise expected shortly.Op-ed..

The Rise and Fall of Israel's 36th government

Matza of love

Israel's first chief rabbi: In the Torah, the Jews were told to eat matza two weeks before Pesach, so what is the real reason we eat matza?

Matza of love

Converts threaten to demonstrate against Chief Rabbinate

Converts to Judaism write to Chief Rabbi Lau after he refuses to sign conversion certificates in fight against government conversion reform.

Converts threaten to demonstrate against Chief Rabbinate

Chief Rabbis: New Conversion Law is based on deceit

Those who 'convert' according to Kahana's law won't be recognized as Jews by vast majority of rabbis, warn Israel's chief rabbis.

Chief Rabbis: New Conversion Law is based on deceit

The Issues behind the Conversion Issue

Understanding and responding to the State of Israel 's Conversion reform Controversy. Op-ed.

The Issues behind the Conversion Issue

Kahana blasts 'extremism' within Religious-Zionist sector

Kahana condemns rabbis for failing to protest speech by Chief Rabbi, calls for an "end to divisive discourse."

Kahana blasts 'extremism' within Religious-Zionist sector

Religious Zionist leaders stand behind Chief Rabbinate

About 1,000 rabbis to attend demonstration against Minister Matan Kahana's reforms to the kashrut and conversion systems.

Religious Zionist leaders stand behind Chief Rabbinate

Religious-Zionist youth to hold protest march against government

Religious Affairs Minister: "Protesting is best use of one's citizenship rights; I have no problem with people protesting my policies."

Religious-Zionist youth to hold protest march against government

No, a Chief Rabbi is not a government clerk

If a Chief Rabbi, amid a conversion dispute, says he will not certify certain standards as a matter of conscience, I stand with him. Op-ed.

No, a Chief Rabbi is not a government clerk

The Conversion Bill will cause more problems than it solves

There are hundreds of thousands of non-Jewish Israelis not interested in a halakhic conversion or a lifestyle of any Torah observance.Op-ed.

The Conversion Bill will cause more problems than it solves

Chief Rabbi Lau: The Knesset won't decide who is a Jew

"A Jew is someone who commits to Torah observance, regardless of any legislation the Knesset may pass."

Chief Rabbi Lau: The Knesset won't decide who is a Jew

Chief Rabbinate's complaints with Tzohar kashrut

Details of Chief Rabbinate's response to Tzohar petition to Supreme Court revealed. Tzohar dismisses allegations.

Chief Rabbinate's complaints with Tzohar kashrut

Danger for the Jewish people!

A demand addressed to MK Kalfon from a French immigrant.

Danger for the Jewish people!

Israel's Chief Rabbis issue condemnation of abortion

Both of Israel's chief rabbis denounce abortion, make public appeal against the practice.

Israel's Chief Rabbis issue condemnation of abortion

Yisrael Beytenu to Kahana: 'Your conversion bill won't happen'

Yisrael Beytenu, Yesh Atid insist coalition agreements remove Chief Rabbinate entirely from authority over conversions.

Yisrael Beytenu to Kahana: 'Your conversion bill won't happen'

Kahana's outline for conversions revealed

Outline developed with senior Religious-Zionist rabbis, will enable tens of thousands of conversions of non-Jews of Jewish descent.

Kahana's outline for conversions revealed

Ombudsman: Remove Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef's status as judge

Former Supreme Court Justice Uri Shoham tells Religious Affairs Minister Chief Rabbi Yosef's opposition to kashrut reforms has gone too far.

Ombudsman: Remove Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef's status as judge

Afula Chief Rabbi supports kashrut reforms

Rabbi Shmuel David speaks out in favor of Minister Kahana's reforms: 'It is a pity the Chief Rabbinate did not respond or cooperate.;

Afula Chief Rabbi supports kashrut reforms

Food fights: The proposed Kashrut reform

To destroy Israel's kashrut system and undermine consumer confidence, it is hard to imagine a better plan than the proposed reforms. Op-ed.

Food fights: The proposed Kashrut reform

IDF cancels soldiers' tour of Temple Mount

Sephardic Chief Rabbi wrote to IDF Chief of Staff, citing repeated rulings on part of Chief Rabbinate forbidding ascent to the Mount.

IDF cancels soldiers' tour of Temple Mount

Dozens of rabbis hold conference decrying government reforms

'We will not cooperate with dismantling the Chief Rabbinate,' rabbis insist. 'Proposed reforms will lead to anarchy.'

Dozens of rabbis hold conference decrying government reforms

Chief Rabbinate raids meatpacking plant

The Chief Rabbinate has stripped a meatpacking plant of kosher status after finding numerous prohibited cuts of beef on the premises.

Chief Rabbinate raids meatpacking plant

Religious Zionist rabbis decry 'kashrut revolution'

Leading rabbis say any reform to kashrut industry must be approved by the Chief Rabbinate.

Religious Zionist rabbis decry 'kashrut revolution'

'They only want reforms when it comes to the Rabbinate'

Shas MK Uriel Busso slams reform for kosher supervision, demanding Religious Affairs Min. 'work together with the chief rabbis.'

'They only want reforms when it comes to the Rabbinate'

Chief Rabbinate denounces new Kashrut guidelines

Israel's Chief Rabbinate calls the free market for Kashrut supervision 'the end of Kashrut in Israel."

Chief Rabbinate denounces new Kashrut guidelines

MK Kariv blames Chief Rabbinate for clashes at Western Wall

Reform MK accuses Chief Rabbi of "trying to prevent egalitarian prayer."

MK Kariv blames Chief Rabbinate for clashes at Western Wall

European Beth Din to align with Israeli Chief Rabbinate

Conference of European Rabbis agrees to align European Jewish court with Israel's Chief Rabbinate, easing bureaucracy for immigrants.

European Beth Din to align with Israeli Chief Rabbinate

MK: Serious, deadly breach of trust of kashrut-keeping public

Shas MK Moshe Arbel demands Chief Rabbinate act after woman dies from eating dairy at a kosher meat restaurant.

MK: Serious, deadly breach of trust of kashrut-keeping public

Tzohar decries Supreme Court non-halakhic conversion decision

Blames 'power brokers' associated with Chief Rabbinate for allowing decision to go ahead.

Tzohar decries Supreme Court non-halakhic conversion decision

Supreme Court refuses to reopen hospital Passover case

Justice Esther Hayut refuses to hear new arguments against bringing leavened food into hospitals on Passover

Supreme Court refuses to reopen hospital Passover case

Chief Rabbinate: Women should not be tested for the rabbinate

Chief Rabbinical Council says calls for ordination exams for women are attempts to harm rabbinate as an institution.

Chief Rabbinate: Women should not be tested for the rabbinate

Yisrael Beyteinu seeks to change face of Chief Rabbinate

Avigdor Liberman's party to submit bill to add greater diversity to the body which elects the chief rabbis.

Yisrael Beyteinu seeks to change face of Chief Rabbinate

'Situation during holidays depends on keeping guidelines today'

Israeli Chief Rabbi David Lau talks about coronavirus restrictions, upcoming fast days, and whether synagogues will be open during holidays.

'Situation during holidays depends on keeping guidelines today'

The unique prophecy of Moses

Torah from Israel's first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, Torah Luminary and iconic leader of Religious Zionism.

The unique prophecy of Moses

Former Chief Rabbinate official indicted for bribery

Rabbi Yitzhak Arazi, former head of kashrut imports at Chief Rabbinate, charged with receiving bribes to fast-track kashrut certificates.

Former Chief Rabbinate official indicted for bribery

Chief Rabbis: Pray at home

Chief Rabbinate issues guidelines for Passover, says burning of chametz is banned this year, use of Zoom for seder not allowed.

Chief Rabbis: Pray at home

Chief Rabbinate officially recognizes Ethiopian Jews

Israeli Chief Rabbinate accepts position of late Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef that Ethiopian Beta Israel community are completely Jewish.

Chief Rabbinate officially recognizes Ethiopian Jews

Will restaurant open on Shabbat be certified kosher?

Restaurant which is open on Saturdays but does not violate Shabbat files appeal against rabbinate's decision not to grant certification.

Will restaurant open on Shabbat be certified kosher?

Liberman petitions against DNA testing

Yisrael Beyteinu party submits Supreme Court petition to cancel DNA tests for immigrants from former Soviet Union to prove Jewishness.

Liberman petitions against DNA testing

Liberman: Sane rabbinate or Inquisition?

Yisrael Beiteinu leader slams genetic testing of immigrants from Russia, calls for state bodies to be removed from haredi control.

Liberman: Sane rabbinate or Inquisition?

Disgraced rabbi convicted of sexual assault to be de-ordained

Rabbi accused of sexual assault years after conviction for the same offense could lose his title as a rabbi.

Disgraced rabbi convicted of sexual assault to be de-ordained

Abolish the Rabbinate?

Abolish the Rabbinate?

Praise to the Chief Rabbinate for non-recognition of sham 'Conversion'

Praise to the Chief Rabbinate for non-recognition of sham 'Conversion'

Vatican, Rabbinate prepare joint statement against euthanasia

Israeli Chief Rabbinate and Vatican to issue joint statement condemning assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Vatican, Rabbinate prepare joint statement against euthanasia

Arutz Sheva speaks to Dr. Ruth Wisse: 'Do what's good for Israel'

Arutz Sheva speaks to Dr. Ruth Wisse: 'Do what's good for Israel'

Bill to bypass Chief Rabbinate for marriages

MK Aliza Lavie presents bill to end criminal penalties for marrying outside the Chief Rabbinate.

Bill to bypass Chief Rabbinate for marriages

Rabbinate will not recognize Israel-Arab singer's conversion

Rabbinate says that singer Nasreen Qadri converted through independent program, will not be recognized as Jewish.

Rabbinate will not recognize Israel-Arab singer's conversion

Attorney General threatens Chief Rabbinate

AG threatens unless kosher supervisor's wages severed from business owners as Supreme Court ordered, kashrut monopoly will be canceled.

Attorney General threatens Chief Rabbinate

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?