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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'

Why is the Knesset Debating IDF Religiosity?

Perplexed MK Yogev reminds Knesset 'enemy is Hamas, not religious soldiers' as Jewish 'radicalization' in IDF placed on the docket.

Why is the Knesset Debating IDF Religiosity?

MK Mozes:Shocked at Ignorance of Secular Kids

Youths educated in the secular school system are shockingly ignorant of Jewish concepts and history, according to MK Eliezer Mozes.

MK Mozes: Appalled at Jewish Ignorance of Secular Youth

Market Judaism, Not Just Israel

Market Judaism, Not Just Israel

Egypt Foils Attempt to Smuggle Jewish Artefacts

Egyptian authorities say artefacts, including 11 Torah cases, are more than a century old.

Egypt Foils Attempt to Smuggle Jewish Artefacts Out the Country

Jerusalem Celebrates Purim

Watch celebrations of Purim in Jerusalem’s Merkaz Harav yeshiva.

Jerusalem Celebrates Purimplayer

Thursday is Fast of Esther

Jews mark anniversary of Queen Esther’s appeal against annihilation.

Thursday is Fast of Esther

Rabbis: Paying Taxes a Mitzvah – And an Honor

Rabbinic group declares importance of paying taxes, and rejects link of gender segregation, religiosity.

Rabbis: Paying Taxes a Mitzvah – And an Honor

After 11 Years Rabbis Appointed to Kibbutzim

11 year dispute circumvented by Religious Affairs Ministry, agricultural community chief rabbis will serve in new model following requests.

After 11 Years Rabbis Appointed to Kibbutzim

Polish Catholic Church Shows Blood Libel Painting

On Thursday for church's international Day of Judaism, controversial picture uncovered to expose realities of anti-Semitic past.

Polish Catholic Church Unveils Blood Libel Painting

Rabbi: ‘Price Tag’ Will Get Us All Expelled

Extremist acts will get Jews kicked out, rabbi warns. ‘God does not like revenge.’

Rabbi: ‘Price Tag’ Will Get Us All Expelled

Jerusalem Councilman Urges Muslims: 'Leave Israel'

Nationalist Aryeh King distributes thousands of fliers to Muslim residents of the capital, explains Torah directives.

Jerusalem Councilman Urges Muslims: 'Leave Israel'

IDF Lets Female Soldiers Be Kashrut Inspectors

New position opened up for female soldiers, following new Chief Rabbinate policy allowing women inspectors.

IDF Lets Female Soldiers Be Kashrut Inspectors

One Direction Pop Star Is Finding Judaism

Celebrity Harry Styles is learning Hebrew to read from the Torah; interest started from good friend, now prays and tries to eat kosher.

One Direction Pop Star Is Finding Judaism

'Shabbos Project' Aims To Unite World Jews

Chief Rabbi of South Africa's project is set to translate remarkable local success onto world scale, encourage Shabbat observance together.

'Shabbos Project' Aims To Unite World Jewsplayer

Discovery Revives Ancient Tzitzit Dying Methods

Antiquities Authority presents recent discovery at conference, proof of tekhelet dying techniques from over 2,000 years ago.

New-found Artifact Revives Ancient Tzitzit Dying Methods

Zionist Rabbi: Enlisting Women Dangerous, Immoral

Rabbi Yaakov Ariel says forcing women to enlist in the IDF is immoral. ‘Women should not be subordinate.’

Zionist Rabbi: Enlisting Women Dangerous, Immoral

Bennett: Haaretz is Anti-Jewish

Economics Minister Naftali Bennett attacked the Haaretz newspaper, saying that it published only negative reports about Judaism

Bennett: Haaretz is Anti-Jewish

Rabbinate: New Rules Against Shabbat Desecration

Chief Rabbinate issues letters to kashrut departments, supervisors to check businesses close doors 2 hours before Shabbat.

Rabbinate: New Rules To Prevent Shabbat Desecration

Thousands Make Their Way to Hevron

Jews pouring into ‘City of the Patriarchs’ for annual Sabbath event.

Thousands Make Their Way to Hevron

Sabbath Initiative Comes to Knesset

Jewish Home MK to host civil marriage campaigner from Yesh Atid, MK Lavie to host Meretz head, as secular-religious Sabbath comes to Knesset

Sabbath Initiative Comes to Knesset

Campaign Tells Jews: Visit the Temple Mount!

A new campaign aims to encourage Jews to visit the Temple Mount.

Campaign Tells Jews: Visit the Temple Mount!

Rabbi Yosef’s Chair Empty, but Torah Class Goes On

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s sons take over for his weekly Torah lecture, but leave his chair empty.

Rabbi Yosef’s Chair Empty, but Torah Class Goes On

Rabbi: ‘Jewish State’ beat ‘State of Tel Aviv’

Maaleh Adumim rabbi says Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s funeral proves Torah and Judaism are victorious.

Rabbi Nagari: ‘Jewish State’ beat ‘State of Tel Aviv’

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and the ‘Young Criminal’

How Rabbi Ovadia Yosef changed the life of a young tearaway everyone had come to call ‘the criminal.’

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and the ‘Young Criminal’

Rabbi Ariel: No Phones On in Synagogue – Period

Rabbi of Ramat Gan nixes cell phones in synagogue, even on ‘silent’ mode, and has warning for Torah pamphlets as well.

Rabbi Ariel: No Phones On in Synagogue – Period

Rabbinate Weighs in on Kaparot Controversy

The Rabbinate supports use of chickens for ‘atonement’ ritual – but with caution.

Rabbinate Weighs in on Kaparot Controversy

Chief Rabbi: No to Bothersome Airplane Prayers

Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef warns against causing a nuisance with Jewish prayers on airplanes.

Chief Rabbi: No to Bothersome Airplane Prayers

Despite ‘Pagan’ Slam, Chicken Kaparot Continue

Many continue tradition of using live chickens for the kaparot ritual. Pictures from Jerusalem.

Despite ‘Pagan’ Slam, Chicken Kaparot Going Strong

Aish Hatorah in New Rosh Hashanah Music Video

Jerusalem yeshiva releases new music video with holiday meaning, breakdancing.

Aish Hatorah in New Rosh Hashanah Music Videoplayer

Jewish 'Hermit' from Herzliya Speaks

Documentary stars Israeli man who decided to carve his own home out of a cliff face.

Jewish 'Hermit' from Herzliya Speaks

Non-Jewish Guards to Stop Sabbath Thefts

Hareidi leaders in Jerusalem turn to private firm to stop wave of Sabbath thefts.

Non-Jewish Guards to Stop Sabbath Thefts

Rabbi on Cities of Refuge, Jewish Joy

Rabbi Moshe Bamberger shares teachings on the Torah portion of the week.

Rabbi on Cities of Refuge, Jewish Joyplayer

Eida Hareidit: ‘Kosher’ Does Not Mean Bug-Free

Even products with strict kosher certification could have bugs in the hot summer months.

Eida Hareidit Warns: ‘Kosher’ Does Not Mean Bug-Free

Rabbi on DOMA Ruling, Morality and Israel

Rabbi: DOMA ruling may have been reasonable, but blurring the lines is dangerous. Israel must take particular care.

Rabbi on DOMA Ruling, Morality and Israelplayer

Rabbi Assaf Rahmanov on Bilaam’s ‘Final Solution’

New York rabbi discusses recent Torah portions, including Bilaam’s plan to destroy the Jewish nation.

Rabbi Assaf Rahmanov on Bilaam’s ‘Final Solution’player

Kalfa: Summer Time Bad for Laborers, Religious

MK argues that extending Summer Time will force religious Jews to choose between work or prayer.

Kalfa: More Summer Time is Bad for Laborers, Religious Jews

Shmuley Boteach: Israel's Values Are its Strength

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach suggests a new Israeli reaction to world criticism – take pride in Jewish values.

Israel's Values Are its Strength, Says Rabbi Shmuley Boteachplayer