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MK Gilad Kariv blames Chief Rabbinate for clashes at Western Wall

MK Gilad Kariv blames Chief Rabbinate for clashes at Western Wall

Reform MK accuses Chief Rabbi of "trying to prevent egalitarian prayer."Ben Shaul, 18/07/2021 17:35
European Beth Din to align with Israeli Chief Rabbinate

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.Arutz Sheva Staff, 19/05/2021 17:34
MK: Serious, deadly breach of trust of kashrut-keeping public

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.Arutz Sheva Staff, 15/04/2021 22:46
Tzohar Rabbinical Organization decries Supreme Court non-halakhic conversion decision

Tzohar Rabbinical Organization decries Supreme Court non-halakhic conversion decision

Blames 'power brokers' associated with Chief Rabbinate for allowing decision to go ahead.Arutz Sheva Staff, 01/03/2021 18:46
Chief Rabbinate appeal for Passover in hospitals rejected

Chief Rabbinate appeal for Passover in hospitals rejected

Justice Esther Hayut refuses to hear new arguments against bringing leavened food into hospitals on PassoverShlomo Witty, 10/01/2021 16:36
Chief Rabbinate: Women should not be tested for the rabbinate

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.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/11/2020 15:50
Yisrael Beyteinu seeks to change face of Chief 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.Arutz Sheva Staff, 27/10/2020 20:09
Rabbi David Lau: 'Praying in synagogues on holidays depends on keeping guidelines today'

Rabbi David Lau: 'Praying in synagogues on 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.Arutz Sheva Staff, 07/07/2020 22:56
The unique prophecy of Moses

The unique prophecy of Moses

Torah from Israel's first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, Torah Luminary and iconic leader of Religious Zionism.Rabbi Avraham HaKohen Kook, 05/06/2020 16:00
Former Chief Rabbinate official indicted for bribery

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.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/05/2020 17:04
Chief Rabbis: Pray at home

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.Arutz Sheva Staff, 31/03/2020 17:50
Israel’s Chief Rabbinate officially recognizes Ethiopian Beta Israel community as Jewish

Israel’s Chief Rabbinate officially recognizes Ethiopian Beta Israel community as Jewish

Israeli Chief Rabbinate accepts position of late Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef that Ethiopian Beta Israel community are completely Jewish.Marcy Oster/JTA, 21/01/2020 17:49
Will restaurant open on Shabbat be certified kosher?

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.Arutz Sheva Staff, 30/06/2019 14:59
Liberman petitions against DNA testing

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.Arutz Sheva Staff, 07/04/2019 16:41
Liberman: Sane rabbinate or Inquisition?

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.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/03/2019 11:49
Disgraced rabbi convicted of sexual assault to be de-ordained

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.Arutz Sheva Staff, 20/01/2019 22:27
Abolish the Rabbinate?

Abolish the Rabbinate?

The suggestion that the Chief Rabbinate be abolished engendered the idea of abolishing something else.Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, 14/12/2018 07:02
Praise to the Chief Rabbinate for non-recognition of sham 'Conversion'

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

 In praise of the Chief Rabbinate's refusing to recognize wrongful “Conversions” by renegade rabbis.Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer, 30/11/2018 13:06
Vatican, Rabbinate prepare joint statement against euthanasia

Vatican, Rabbinate prepare joint statement against euthanasia

Israeli Chief Rabbinate and Vatican to issue joint statement condemning assisted suicide and euthanasia.JTA, 22/11/2018 21:07
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'

In an interview at the launch of the Hebrew translation of her book "Jews and Power," Dr. Ruth Wisse tells Israel to take US Jews into account, but to put Israel's needs first. Rochel Sylvetsky, 11/11/2018 18:02
Bill to bypass Chief Rabbinate for marriages

Bill to bypass Chief Rabbinate for marriages

MK Aliza Lavie presents bill to end criminal penalties for marrying outside the Chief Rabbinate.Arutz Sheva Staff, 18/10/2018 20:08
Rabbinate will not recognize Israel-Arab singer's conversion

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.Arutz Sheva Staff, 03/09/2018 17:55
Attorney General threatens Chief Rabbinate

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.Mordechai Sones, 15/08/2018 14:34
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin to join Chief Rabbinate Council?

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.Eliran Aharon, 13/08/2018 17:04
Judea and Samaria residents excluded from Rabbinate elections

Judea and Samaria residents excluded from Rabbinate elections

Religious Services Ministry determines representatives from Judea and Samaria not be members of assembly to elect Chief Rabbinate Council.Mordechai Sones, 06/08/2018 20:24
'The Rabbinate does not appeal itself to Israelis'

'The Rabbinate does not appeal itself to Israelis'

Rabbi Chaim Amsalem says Chief Rabbinate has become anti-Zionist, has no right to exist if it cannot solve assimilation issue.Hezki Baruch, 20/07/2018 01:14
Forbidden by Rabbinate yet approved by Tzohar

Forbidden by Rabbinate yet approved by Tzohar

Chief Rabbinate informs public: Artichoke forbidden for consumption by Rabbinate served in restaurant holding Tzohar kosher certification.Mordechai Sones, 18/07/2018 18:16
Tzohar kashrut: 'People vote with their feet'

Tzohar kashrut: 'People vote with their feet'

Head of Tzohar kashrut responds to AG's decision against private kosher authorites, says Chief Rabbinate 'fears competition'.Arutz Sheva Staff, 13/07/2018 11:19
Tzohar's kashrut agency suffers a major blow

Tzohar's kashrut agency suffers a major blow

Attorney General rules restaurants cannot display certificates from kashrut organizations other than the Chief Rabbinate.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/07/2018 20:24
Is the Rabbinate on a power trip? I don't  think so

Is the Rabbinate on a power trip? I don't think so

If there is a lack of popular support for the Rabbinate, that does not mean that the Rabbinate is wrong in its decisions. Harry Maryles, 08/07/2018 08:15
MK Smotrich calls for investigation against Hashgacha Pratit

MK Smotrich calls for investigation against Hashgacha Pratit

Jewish Home MK calls on State Prosecutor to investigate rabbinic group for 'encouraging lawbreaking.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 28/06/2018 17:19
Supreme Court temporarily blocks deportation of Ugandan Jew

Supreme Court temporarily blocks deportation of Ugandan Jew

Ugandan man who converted under auspices of Conservative movement given temporary reprieve from deportation.JTA, 14/06/2018 20:42
Tzohar is wrong: We need a national kashrut system in the Jewish State

Tzohar is wrong: We need a national kashrut system in the Jewish State

Response to Rabbi Eliezer Melamed's article in favor of the Tzohar private kashrut initiative established to compete with the Chief Rabbinate's official nationwide certification in an attempt to replace it.Rabbi Baruch Efrati, 04/06/2018 13:48
Hospitals refuse to check visitors for chametz

Hospitals refuse to check visitors for chametz

Several Israeli hospitals refuse to follow Chief Rabbinate guidelines to ensure no chametz is brought in over Passover.JTA, 28/03/2018 20:41
'Tzohar shows contempt for law with new kashrut authority'

'Tzohar shows contempt for law with new kashrut authority'

Chief Rabbinate angered at rabbinical group for establishing alternative kashrut authority.Arutz Sheva Staff, 26/02/2018 17:17
Liberal rabbis: Don’t blame the Chief Rabbinate – blame yourselves

Liberal rabbis: Don’t blame the Chief Rabbinate – blame yourselves

Liberal Open Orthodox, Conservative and Reform rabbis who do not adhere to the Chief Rabbinate's standards in halakhic issues should not expect their recognition.Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 21/02/2018 22:36
Religious Services Minister requests security for Chief Rabbi

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, 08/02/2018 04:44
IDF Chief of Staff refuses to meet with Chief Rabbi of Israel

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, 21/01/2018 21:59
'Dividing Western Wall for the Reform will divide the people'

'Dividing Western Wall for the Reform will divide the people'

Head of Ateret Cohanim says Chief Rabbinate must approve any change at Western Wall, site must be respected as a synagogue.Benny Toker, 14/01/2018 21:18
Jerusalem Chief Rabbi asks to extend his term

Jerusalem Chief Rabbi asks to extend his term

Rabbi Shlomo Amar submits request to Chief Rabbinate Council to extend his term for another five years.Chaim Lev, 07/01/2018 05:13
Survey: 98% of Jewish baby boys in Israel are circumcised

Survey: 98% of Jewish baby boys in Israel are circumcised

New survey shows most parents care about mohel's qualifications and experience, and will likely use the same mohel for their next son.Arutz Sheva Staff, 27/12/2017 13:00
MKs call on Rabbinate to change Temple Mount stance

MKs call on Rabbinate to change Temple Mount stance

Knesset lobby, rabbis, and activists say Chief Rabbinate should not prohibit Jews from visiting Temple Mount.Arutz Sheva Staff, 26/12/2017 19:15
'A slippery slope towards harming Shabbat throughout the state'

'A slippery slope towards harming Shabbat throughout the state'

Chief Rabbinate says Shabbat, one of the most important issues in Judaism, cannot be ruled upon by Supreme Court.Arutz Sheva Staff, 30/10/2017 17:43
Why did 'kosher' Burger Ranch remain open over Sukkot?

Why did 'kosher' Burger Ranch remain open over Sukkot?

Chief Rabbinate explains why Ben Gurion Airport branch of popular fast food store allowed to remain open on holidays and Shabbat.Gary Willig, 05/10/2017 20:44
Former Chief Rabbi may become former rabbi

Former Chief Rabbi may become former rabbi

'Currently examining denial of various rabbinical qualifications given him by Chief Rabbinate of Israel.'Mordechai Sones, 28/08/2017 22:18
Chief Rabbinate: Supreme Court overstepped authority

Chief Rabbinate: Supreme Court overstepped authority

Chief Rabbinate says Supreme Court cannot force alterations at Western Wall plaza.Arutz Sheva Staff, 21/08/2017 10:00
Civil marriages? Most Israelis prefer the rabbinate

Civil marriages? Most Israelis prefer the rabbinate

Poll shows 71% of Israelis - and 60% of centrist Yesh Atid voters - want marriage to remain under the Chief Rabbinate's auspices.Arutz Sheva Staff , 16/08/2017 13:21
What is the Chief Rabbinate's role in the Jewish State?

What is the Chief Rabbinate's role in the Jewish State?

The 9th of Av period is a time for unity and understanding – the lack of which caused the destruction of the 2nd Temple. Perhaps this article can contribute to understanding on an issue which is being used to cause division in the Jewish world. Rochel Sylvetsky, 01/08/2017 22:29
Chief Rabbinate: We have no 'blacklists' of US rabbis

Chief Rabbinate: We have no 'blacklists' of US rabbis

Director-General of Chief Rabbinate tells Knesset committee 'blacklist' of Diaspora rabbis not an official Rabbinate document.Hezki Baruch, 26/07/2017 13:03
Rabbinate clarifies: There is no 'black list'

Rabbinate clarifies: There is no 'black list'

Chief Rabbinate says private list was never meant to be any sort of blacklist.Arutz Sheva Staff, 17/07/2017 21:21
Will leading rabbis be exempted from rabbinic ordination exams?

Will leading rabbis be exempted from rabbinic ordination exams?

Chief Rabbinate aims to reinstate 'Torah scholars' exemption from standard Rabbinate exams.Ben Shaul, 17/07/2017 10:30
'The Chief Rabbinate cannot serve only a tiny minority'

'The Chief Rabbinate cannot serve only a tiny minority'

Rabbi Yuval Cherlow says Chief Rabbinate cannot adopt only the most extreme interpretations of Jewish law, serve only a small group.Eliran Baruch, 13/07/2017 16:59
Chief Rabbinate’s ‘blacklist’ of American rabbis released

Chief Rabbinate’s ‘blacklist’ of American rabbis released

JTA obtains so-called 'blacklist' of 160 rabbis from around the world whose conversions are not recognized.JTA and Arutz Sheva, 09/07/2017 18:59
Chief Rabbi: Heads will roll over leaking of rabbinic blacklist

Chief Rabbi: Heads will roll over leaking of rabbinic blacklist

Rabbi David Lau promises consequences for senior rabbinate official who publicized list of 160 'blacklisted' Diaspora rabbisHezki Baruch, 09/07/2017 18:10
MK Glick: I respect the Chief Rabbinate

MK Glick: I respect the Chief Rabbinate

Likud MK says his remarks critical of position of rabbinate on Western Wall deal misrepresented as attack on Chief Rabbis.Arutz Sheva Staff, 09/07/2017 16:02
Deri calls halakhic state threat 'One big lie'

Deri calls halakhic state threat 'One big lie'

Deri answers Reform attacks and criticism from Jewish Home ministers: 'I established Chief Rabbinate? Rabbi Kook established it.'Mordechai Sones, 03/07/2017 16:39
Former Chief Rabbi convicted of fraud

Former Chief Rabbi convicted of fraud

Former Sephardic Chief Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron convicted of giving out fake rabbinic ordination certificates.AFP and Arutz Sheva, 15/05/2017 20:34