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Chief Rabbi Lau to Halimi family: Sarah was murdered twice

Chief Rabbi Lau to Halimi family: Sarah was murdered twice

Israeli Chief Rabbi writes to family of woman killed in France after murderer not tried. 'All who pity the cruel end up cruel to the just.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 27/04/2021 20:57
Rabbinical court judge suspended after refusing COVID vaccine

Rabbinical court judge suspended after refusing COVID vaccine

Chief Rabbi of Israel suspends judge from rabbinate conversion court after judge refused to get COVID vaccination.Arutz Sheva Staff, 16/02/2021 12:03
Live: Global day of prayer for COVID pandemic

Live: Global day of prayer for COVID pandemic

Chief Rabbi David Lau prays at Rachel's Tomb for end to pandemic amidst high morbidity numbers.Arutz Sheva Staff, 21/01/2021 16:00
Chief Rabbi Lau calls for fast day over COVID crisis

Chief Rabbi Lau calls for fast day over COVID crisis

Rabbi David Lau calls for worldwide day of fasting and prayer on Thursday in response to growing number of COVID-19 cases.Gary Willig, 19/01/2021 18:37
Vaccines on Shabbat? This is the position of Chief Rabbi David Lau

Vaccines on Shabbat? This is the position of Chief Rabbi David Lau

Chief Rabbi says permission to vaccinate in Shabbat will be considered when vaccinations are given in all hours of the day during the week.Arutz Sheva Staff, 25/12/2020 01:01
Rabbi Lau condemns desecration of Holy Ark in Homesh

Rabbi Lau condemns desecration of Holy Ark in Homesh

Israel Chief Rabbi David Lau to Defense Minister Gantz after evacuation of yeshiva in Homesh: 'Difficult sights unfitting for Jewish state.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 23/11/2020 16:47
Chief Rabbi: Allow marriages under health guidelines

Chief Rabbi: Allow marriages under health guidelines

Rabbi David Lau writes to PM, Health Minister on behalf of couples who cannot get married under current lockdown.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/10/2020 12:45
Chief Rabbi David Lau: 'The people won't accept closing synagogues on Yom Kippur'

Chief Rabbi David Lau: 'The people won't accept closing synagogues on Yom Kippur'

Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau warns Prime Minister Netanyahu that Israelis will not obey orders to close synagogues during Yom Kippur.David Rosenberg, 22/09/2020 14:01
Time to fortify the Rabbanut

Time to fortify the Rabbanut

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel can help be a guiding light and hand. It is precisely the centralized authority we all need and seek. Opinion.Joseph Frager, MD, 13/09/2020 11:04
Chief Rabbi of Israel: If you have the coronavirus, don't fast

Chief Rabbi of Israel: If you have the coronavirus, don't fast

Rabbi David Lau urges coronavirus patients and those who may be infected not to fast during Tisha B'Av.Arutz Sheva Staff, 27/07/2020 15:00
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
Fewer than 3,000 active coronavirus patients in Israel

Fewer than 3,000 active coronavirus patients in Israel

38 patients in serious condition. To date, 13,435 Israelis recovered from coronavirus.Mordechai Sones, 19/05/2020 22:54
Chief Rabbi: Better to pray alone than without precautions

Chief Rabbi: Better to pray alone than without precautions

Rabbi David Lau warns all who pray in a minyan must obey Health Ministry instructions to the letter or be guilty of endangering lives.Arutz Sheva Staff, 19/04/2020 15:49
Chief Rabbi calls for fast day on Wednesday

Chief Rabbi calls for fast day on Wednesday

Rabbi David Lau calls on Jews to fast or take it upon themselves not to speak on erev Rosh Chodesh Nisan in response to coronavirus.Arutz Sheva Staff, 22/03/2020 20:00
Chief Rabbi: They attack Beit Din while falsifying facts

Chief Rabbi: They attack Beit Din while falsifying facts

Rabbi David Lau attacks politicians taking advantage of election period to confront rabbinical courts.Mordechai Sones, 03/02/2020 20:38
'You took the Qassam and turned it into a source of light'

'You took the Qassam and turned it into a source of light'

Knesset Speaker, Chief Rabbi take part in Hanukkah event at Sderot Hesder Yeshiva.Hezki Baruch, 25/12/2019 04:01
Israeli chief rabbi: We must do all we can to help the Kurds

Israeli chief rabbi: We must do all we can to help the Kurds

Rabbi David Lau tells President Rivlin: "It is our moral duty to act immediately, before it is too late."Hezki Baruch, 15/10/2019 14:36
Alleged get-refuser: 'Fake news'

Alleged get-refuser: 'Fake news'

'No one in Rabbinate contacted me; Rabbi Lau is my wife's relative.' Chief Rabbi Lau's Office: 'We'll continue to fight get refusal.'Mordechai Sones, 22/08/2019 10:18
Chief Rabbi of Israel visits Chabad of Poway

Chief Rabbi of Israel visits Chabad of Poway

Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau 'moved' by Seeach Sod rep's message to Chabad of Poway.Arutz Sheva Staff, 27/05/2019 11:07
PM promises Rabbi Lau: Tomb of the Patriarchs will be accessible

PM promises Rabbi Lau: Tomb of the Patriarchs will be accessible

Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hevron to be made wheelchair accessible in the coming months, PM promises Chief Rabbi.Arutz Sheva Staff, 17/12/2018 15:23
Chief Rabbi says some Religious Zionist groups hurting Rabbinate

Chief Rabbi says some Religious Zionist groups hurting Rabbinate

Rabbi Dovid Lau says that liberal Religious Zionist organizations 'using resources to harm the Rabbinate and distance it from the public'.Arutz Sheva Staff, 06/12/2018 19:11
Hanukkah candles lit in Polish Parliament

Hanukkah candles lit in Polish Parliament

Polish, Israeli officials and dignitaries unit to celebrate Hanukkah and reinforce their commitment to battle against anti-Semitism.Arutz Sheva Staff, 05/12/2018 22:48
Hundreds light Hanukkah candles at Cave of the Patriarchs

Hundreds light Hanukkah candles at Cave of the Patriarchs

Israel's Chief Rabbi participated in the lighting of Hanukkah candles along with dedication of Torah in memory of Lt. David Golovensitz.Hezki Baruch, 04/12/2018 23:36
'Hanukkah - The spiritual independence day of the Jewish people'

'Hanukkah - The spiritual independence day of the Jewish people'

Outgoing Police Commissioner, Chief Rabbi David Lau light first candle of Hanukkah at the Western Wall.Arutz Sheva Staff, 02/12/2018 19:53
Netanyahu's response to Chief Rabbis

Netanyahu's response to Chief Rabbis

PM: Place of Pittsburgh massacre chosen because it is a synagogue after Chief Rabbis refuse to call Conservative congregation a synagogue.Arutz Sheva Staff, 29/10/2018 16:27
Attorney General halts appointment of rabbinical judges

Attorney General halts appointment of rabbinical judges

A-G Mandelblit halts promotion of chief rabbis' relatives after management of the rabbinical court fails to meet Justice Ministry's demands.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/09/2018 14:43
Chief Rabbi calls Disengagement 'disgrace to State of Israel'

Chief Rabbi calls Disengagement 'disgrace to State of Israel'

Chief Rabbi David Lau visits Gush Katif Museum, laments the thousands who lost everything they had built.Arutz Sheva Staff, 20/08/2018 21:44
Chief rabbi opposes new Western Wall plan

Chief rabbi opposes new Western Wall plan

Chief Rabbi Lau calls for government to oppose new plan, avoid implementing any plan not approved by Chief Rabbinate.Arutz Sheva Staff, 28/06/2018 12:49
Terror attack survivor donates Torah scroll to hospital

Terror attack survivor donates Torah scroll to hospital

Man wounded in terrorist attack donates Torah scroll to the synagogue at Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera.Arutz Sheva Staff, 17/05/2018 17:27
Outrage after satirical TV show mocks tefillin

Outrage after satirical TV show mocks tefillin

Satirical show “Eretz Nehederet” airs sketch in which actor wears tefillin on his head.Uzi Baruch, 17/05/2018 00:38
Rabbi Lau: Do not remove your kippah

Rabbi Lau: Do not remove your kippah

Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel criticizes suggestion German Jews should not wear kippahs to avoid being attacked.Arutz Sheva Staff, 24/04/2018 17:31
Chief Rabbi of Israel backs deportation of African infiltrators

Chief Rabbi of Israel backs deportation of African infiltrators

'We must help refugees - but the infiltrators are job-seekers, not refugees,' says Rabbi Lau. 'Help your own poor first.'David Rosenberg, 29/01/2018 18:00
Chief Rabbi: An act of desecration which harmed the synagogue

Chief Rabbi: An act of desecration which harmed the synagogue

Rabbi David Lau condemns leftist protesters who interrupted Attorney General while he was reciting Kaddish in memory of his mother.Hezki Baruch, 21/01/2018 04:56
Chief rabbis celebrate Hanukkah with disabled children

Chief rabbis celebrate Hanukkah with disabled children

Israel's chief rabbis and the most severely wounded soldier from 2014's Protective Edge celebrate Hanukkah together at center for disabled.Arutz Sheva Staff, 15/12/2017 07:47
Chief Rabbi of Israel visits victim of bus station attack

Chief Rabbi of Israel visits victim of bus station attack

Chief Rabbi David Lau visits 46-year-old terror-stabbing victim in Jerusalem hospital.Chana Roberts, 14/12/2017 13:07
Chief rabbi: No one has the right to yell at soldiers

Chief rabbi: No one has the right to yell at soldiers

Chief Rabbi David Lau says attacks on IDF soldiers 'not Torah way,' redemption will come when we love each other, speak instead of yell.Arutz Sheva Staff, 02/08/2017 07:44
Chief Rabbi regrets Rabbi Yehoshua Fass blacklist inclusion

Chief Rabbi regrets Rabbi Yehoshua Fass blacklist inclusion

'The Chief Rabbi very much values all your endeavors, and has instructed all those involved in this matter to act accordingly.'Mordechai Sones, 11/07/2017 21:29
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
Rabbi Lau: Marginal groups attempting to cause fights over Kotel

Rabbi Lau: Marginal groups attempting to cause fights over Kotel

Chief Rabbi says Western Wall is a place of prayer for all Jews and non-Jews. All must be respectful at holy site.Hezki Baruch, 26/06/2017 15:31
'Cheesecake is nice - but that's not the essence of the holiday'

'Cheesecake is nice - but that's not the essence of the holiday'

Chief Rabbi's special message before Shavuot: 'Main thing is to sit with the kids, learn, and remember - the Torah belongs to all of us.'Hezki Baruch, 30/05/2017 14:19
'Amona evacuees living in shocking conditions'

'Amona evacuees living in shocking conditions'

Chief Rabbi discusses his visit with former residents of Amona, says the overcrowding is 'unimaginable.'Hezki Baruch, 21/05/2017 22:54
Rabbi Lau: Ivanka Trump conversion legitimate

Rabbi Lau: Ivanka Trump conversion legitimate

In letter, Chief Rabbi Lau expresses opinion that conversion of Ivanka Trump by Rabbi Haskel Lookstein should be recognized in Israel.Shai Landesman, 05/07/2016 16:42
Chief Rabbi responds to Abbas' incitement

Chief Rabbi responds to Abbas' incitement

Rabbi David Lau rejects PA Chairman’s claim that Israeli rabbis called to poison Palestinian water.Arutz Sheva Staff, 23/06/2016 22:39
High Court rules private kashrut is illegal

High Court rules private kashrut is illegal

Judges accept Chief Rabbinate's position over attorney general; Chief Rabbi Lau: 'fictitious alternative kashrut certificates avoided.'Shlomo Pyotrkovsky, 06/06/2016 15:50
Chief Rabbi calls world Jews home for Passover

Chief Rabbi calls world Jews home for Passover

Rabbi Lau in special message to Arutz Sheva readers: 'To those who can't but want to, and those who can but don't want to, Israel awaits.'Hezki Baruch, 22/04/2016 13:18
Chief Rabbi: Release Meir Ettinger for son's brit

Chief Rabbi: Release Meir Ettinger for son's brit

Responding to letter by Jewish administrative detainee's wife, Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau appeals to Israel Prison Service.Ari Soffer, 03/04/2016 19:48
Attorney General: Mikveh law is unconstitutional

Attorney General: Mikveh law is unconstitutional

Avichai Mandelblit says bill violates individuals' freedom of religion, Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi discusses modesty and privacy issues.Arutz Sheva Staff, 20/03/2016 22:39
Looking for new agreement with Reform

Looking for new agreement with Reform

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, Chief Rabbi David Lau discuss how to best oppose moves to officially recognize Reform, change Kotel status.Nitsan Keidar, 16/03/2016 22:29
Exposed: Deri's attempt to seize Chief Rabbinate

Exposed: Deri's attempt to seize Chief Rabbinate

Arutz Sheva has learned Shas head Deri is trying to pick next Chief Rabbinate director, against position of Chief Rabbi Lau and protocol.Hezki Baruch, 09/03/2016 13:52
Meeting between Netanyahu, chief rabbis canceled

Meeting between Netanyahu, chief rabbis canceled

Scheduled meeting on allocation of a non-Orthodox prayer space at the Kotel abruptly canceled.Hezki Baruch, 06/03/2016 03:46
Reform Kotel clash reaches a climax

Reform Kotel clash reaches a climax

Chief Rabbis to meet PM demanding he cancel new prayer space and recognition of Reform, as Minister Ariel skips gov't meeting in protest.Ari Yashar, 05/03/2016 21:13
Muslim leaders in Israel condemn synagogue arson

Muslim leaders in Israel condemn synagogue arson

Head of Muslim leaders in Israel calls Chief Rabbi to denounce 'disaster' and express hope arsonists will be found and prosecuted.Hezki Baruch, 07/02/2016 13:28
Chief Rabbi goes to strengthen Hevron

Chief Rabbi goes to strengthen Hevron

Rabbi Lau meets with Cave of Machpelah heads to discuss ways to boost hold over the ancient site, strengthens Hevron/Kiryat Arba Jews.Hezki Baruch, 04/02/2016 20:24
Hotel Synagogue turns into a massage parlor

Hotel Synagogue turns into a massage parlor

Offering free massages to marathon runners during last Friday's race, Leonardo Hotel mistakenly turns its Synagogue into a massage parlor.Haim Lev, 11/01/2016 08:56
Outrage over video showing celebration of Duma

Outrage over video showing celebration of Duma

Chief Rabbi, politicians denounce video in which extremists celebrate Duma arson. "This isn't Judaism," says Rabbi Lau.Hezki Baruch, 24/12/2015 01:14
Chief Rabbi: Temple Mount is not a place for tours

Chief Rabbi: Temple Mount is not a place for tours

Rabbi David Lau explains why he thinks Jews should refrain from ascending to the Mount, and opines about the Women of the Wall.Eliran Aharon, 09/12/2015 18:11
Chief Rabbi slams Bennett for Conservative visit

Chief Rabbi slams Bennett for Conservative visit

Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau criticizes Jewish Home head for 'recognizing a path that distances Jews from the Jewish people.'Nir Har-Zahav, 09/12/2015 10:52