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Dutch MPs oppose headscarf proposal for Amsterdam police

Amsterdam police push to allow religious headgear, MPs refuse, say religious symbols ruin police 'neutrality.'

Dutch MPs oppose headscarf proposal for Amsterdam police

Orthodox Union starts Chabad-on-campus type program

Rebbetzin 2.0: Young Orthodox women break mold of 'rabbi’s wife' with co-equal role in OU-sponsored college campus initiative.

Orthodox Union starts Chabad-on-campus type program

Arab women discover their Jewish roots

Arab women discover they're Jewish, say revelation can be difficult to come to terms with.

Arab women discover their Jewish roots

French politician: We need to ban kippas to fight Islam

French politician Marine Le Pen gets nicknamed 'French Trump,' pushes to kill extremist Islam, says Jews might have to stop wearing kippa.

French politician: We need to ban kippas to fight Islam

500 communities to mark Global Day of Jewish Learning

Jews in more than 500 communities in over 40 countries will study the same Jewish texts as part of the Global Day of Jewish Learning.

500 communities to mark Global Day of Jewish Learning

Shaked: Democracy strengthens Jewish identity

In a policy article, the Justice Minster lays out her philosophy of how Israel's Jewishness and democracy complement each other.

Shaked: Democracy strengthens the Jewish identity of Israel

First prayer and chavruta, after sixty years

The Ayelet Hashachar organization establishes synagogues in kibbutzim and leads prayers on holidays. Now we inviting you to join and support

First prayer and chavruta, after sixty yearsplayer

'A compass and a map, a giant of giants'

At an assembly held today in the Knesset building, Naftali Bennett described Rav Kook's teachings as a guide to complex current problems.

'A compass and a map, a giant of giants'

Bennett: Judaism is more important than math

Education Minister: We may be a high-tech superpower, but we must also export spiritual ideas to the world.

Bennett: Judaism is more important than mathematics

NBA's Omri Casspi gushes about meeting with rabbi

1st Israeli NBA player Omri Casspi posts picture of himself praying in Tefilin, talks of meeting with rabbi to discuss Jewish values.

NBA's Omri Casspi gushes about meeting with rabbi

'Mother, We hope you can forgive us now'

Daughter of Esti Weinstein, former Gerrer hassid who committed suicide in her car, writes of pain, loss, and confusion in emotional eulogy.

'Mother, we'll always remember, we hope you can forgive us now'

Esti Weinstein will be given secular burial

Former Gerrer Hassid Esti Weinstein will be given a secular burial, not a Haredi one as her family requested.

Esti Weinstein will be given secular burial

Beckham: I feel Jewish because of my grandfather

Soccer star David Beckham said that he feels Jewish because of his grandfather who took him to synagogue.

David Beckham: I feel Jewish because of my grandfather

Is Israel 'pushing away' non-Orthodox Jews?

WATCH: Yair Lapid recently attacked MKs who criticize Reform Jews, says they're destroying Israel's relationship with Diaspora Jewry.

What do you think: Is Israel 'pushing away' non-Orthodox Jews?player

Japanese students learn Judaism from chief rabbi

Japan's first chief rabbi, Rabbi Edery, fascinates Japanese high schoolers with Judaism, teaches spiritual message of Tu B'Shvat.

Japanese students learn about Judaism from their chief rabbi

Watch: 6 Non-Observant Jews Go Kosher for a Week

'Hi McDonald's, do you have a kosher menu...?' Six non-observant Jews reconnect with their roots - in the most confusing way possible.

What Happens When 6 Non-Observant Jews Go Kosher for a Week?player

One Percent of Americans Think Obama is Jewish

Only 39% of Americans correctly guessed Obama's Christian religion, while another 29% said he was a Muslim.

One Percent of Americans Think Barack Obama is Jewish

Watch: Can the Torah Save Your Relationship?

Special conference held in Jerusalem on psychology and Torah, exploring how relationships can be improved.

Watch: Can the Torah Save Your Relationship?player

High Court 'Koshers' Karaite Ritual Slaughter

The Karaite sect of Judaism was given renewed vigor Sunday as the High Court ordered the Chief Rabbinate to authorize slaughter by Karaites.

High Court 'Koshers' Karaite Ritual Slaughter

Watch: From MTV to Buddha to Judaism

Eden Har'el, Israeli actress and TV host, shares her journey of rediscovering her Judaism.

Watch: From MTV to Buddha to Judaismplayer

Viral in Israel: Psalms on the Rollercoaster

Some things could only happen in the Jewish homeland, in 2015. This is one of them.

Viral in Israel: Psalms on the Rollercoasterplayer

Conversion: 'An Orphan with a Large Family'

Author Ashirah Yosefah concludes the dramatic story of her conversion with a surprising revelation about her own family's history.

Conversion: 'Like Being an Orphan with a Large Family'

Surviving Terrorism - to Become a Jew

Despite surviving a terror attack, and attempts to put her off converting, Ashirah Yosefah explains how she finally made it to the mikvah.

Surviving Terrorism - to Become a Jew

From Canada to Jerusalem: A Story of Conversion

In Part I of a three-part interview with Arutz Sheva, the coauthor of Spark Ignited discusses her journey from New Brunswick to Jerusalem.

From Canada to Jerusalem: A Story of Conversion

Polish Jewry Grow in the Shadow of History

With a very individualistic approach to religion, Poland's Jewish community returns facing unique challenges.

Polish Jewish Community Grows in Shadows of History

Would a Modern Death Penalty be Kosher for Israel?

Many Religious Zionists push for the implementation of the death penalty for convicted terrorists. Rabbi Dr. Jeffrey Woolf explains why.

Would a Modern Death Penalty be Kosher for Israel?

Alephbeta Breaks Ground in Digital Judaism

Rabbi David Fohrman talks about Alephbeta's goal of blending "sophistication" with "spiritual nurturing."

Alephbeta Brings Deeper Dynamic to Digital Judaism

Islam to Catch Up to Christianity by 2050

Research shows Islam is fastest-growing religion on planet, as Christianity shrinks in West, Jews remain 0.2% of total population.

Muslim Population Projected to Catch Up to Christians by 2050

Finding a Religious Zionist Foreign Policy

What should a 'Jewish foreign policy' look like? And how does Judaism view international alliances and imperialism?

Finding a Religious Zionist Foreign Policy

Prenuptial Agreements Save 'Agunot' in Israel

According to Dr. Rachel Levmore, Rabbinic embrace of prenuptial agreements is reducing the number of new get-refusal cases in Israel.

Prenuptial Agreements Saving 'Agunot' Throughout Israel

Rabbi Lau: Don't Harm Judaism Like Last Govt.

Chief rabbi congratulates Netanyahu, urges him to form government to 'unify people, honor tradition' unlike the outgoing coalition.

Chief Rabbi Lau to Netanyahu: Don't Harm Judaism Like Last Govt.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Considered Converting to Judaism?

Prominent women's rights activist and critic of Islam says she tried to convert 'but it was too difficult' in off-the-cuff comment.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Considered Converting to Judaism?

Michael Douglas 'Finds Judaism, anti-Semitism'

Hollywood star speaks out in op-ed about his growing connection to his father's faith, and his son's brush with Jew hatred.

Hollywood's Michael Douglas 'Finds Judaism, Faces anti-Semitism'

Labor Trying to Cancel Jewish Identity Program

Rabbi Avichai Ronski: Labor party platform seeking to cancel program for Jewish identity which already has 130,000 students.

Herzog, Labor Trying to Cancel Major Jewish Identity Program

Mass French Immigration: Who's Still Jewish?

According to Ami Conversion Ulpan director Naftali Kandler, 10,000 French Jews will come in 2015 - 15% of them won't technically be Jews.

Ahead of Mass French Immigration: Who's Still Jewish?

'True Greatness Is Not As Great As You Think'

Join Rabbi Ilan Meirov from "Chazaq" for insights and commentary from "Shemot", this week's Torah portion.

'True Greatness Is Not As Great As You Think'player

Thousands of Jews Converge for Limmud Conference

Thousands of Jews from 27 countries have gathered in Coventry for the Limmud Conference 2014.

Thousands of Jews Converge in UK for Limmud Conference

NY Contest Features Pork Latkes on Hanukkah

Irony is lost as holiday celebrating revolt against outlawing of Judaism and force-feeding of pork is marked with ham pancakes.

NY Contest Features Pork Latkes on Hanukkah

Chief Rabbi Lau: Past Govt. Harmed Judaism

Rabbi Lau hopes next govt. cooperates with Chief Rabbinate official religious authority, doesn't keep forcing controversial legislation.

Chief Rabbi Lau Slams Past Government for Harming Judaism

Rabbi: 'Religionization' Debate is 'Anti-Semitic'

Former IDF Chief Rabbi Ronski slams minority elitists for accusing religious of 'military revolution' at seeing religion becoming central.

Ex-Chief IDF Rabbi: 'Religionization' Debate is 'Anti-Semitic'