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The Chief Rabbi's last letter: Get vaccinated against polio

Parents have 'holy obligation, Torah commandment' to vaccinate children against polio, letter from rabbis Ovadia & Yitzhak Yosef says.

The Chief Rabbi's last letter: Get vaccinated against polio

Religious Affairs Minister 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 sectorplayer

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef: 'Minor rabbis' mislead Minister Kahana

Sephardic Chief Rabbi rails conversion, kashrut reforms of Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana.

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef: 'Minor rabbis' mislead Minister Kahana

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef jokes: Rabbi Shlomo Goren put Abba Eban to sleep

In his weekly sermon, Sephardic Chief Rabbi recalls the inauguration of his father and Rabbi Shlomo Goren as Israel's chief rabbis in 1973.

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef jokes: Rabbi Goren put Abba Eban to sleep

Chief Rabbi: Does Rabbi Druckman think he's equal to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef?

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef slams leading Religious Zionist rabbi for agreeing in principle to allowing municipal rabbis to perform conversions.

Chief Rabbi: Torah leaders objected to municipal conversionsplayer

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

Chief rabbis pen letter against kashrut reforms

Rabbis David Lau and Yitzhak Yosef call proposed kashrut reforms an attempt to destroy Jewishness of State of Israel.

Chief rabbis pen letter against kashrut reforms

President Herzog visits Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef's Sukkah

On first intermediate day of Sukkot, President Isaac Herzog pays visit to Chief Sefardic Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef's sukkah.

President Herzog visits Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef's Sukkah

Chief Rabbis lead protest against kashrut reforms

Rabbis from all over Israel gather to protest against reforms they say would 'destroy' kashrut system in Israel.

Chief Rabbis lead protest against kashrut reforms

Rabbi Druckman: Shocked Chief Rabbi would advise against aliyah

Leading religious Zionist rabbi responds to Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef's call not to make aliyah to secular communities.

Rabbi Druckman: Shocked Chief Rabbi would advise against aliyah

Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef calls on young students not to learn core curriculum

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, Sephardic Chief Rabbi, praises those who study in 'holy yeshivas' which do not teach the core curriculum.

Chief rabbi calls on young students not to learn core curriculum

Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef calls on Jews not to turn against Arab neighbors

Sephardic Chief Rabbi warns Jewish citizenry in mixed cities not to take law into their own hands or attack Arabs.

Chief Rabbi Yosef calls on Jews not to attack Arab neighbors

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef to Avichai Mandelblit: 'Freeze ruling allowing hametz in hospitals'

Chief Rabbi Yosef asks Attorney General Mandelblit to prevent implementation of ruling allowing desecration of Passover in hospitals.

Chief rabbi to A-G: 'Freeze ruling allowing hametz in hospitals'

Chief Rabbi: Reform conversions 'aren't Jewish'

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, Chief Sephardic Rabbi of Israel, excoriates Reform conversions, calling them 'not Jewish'.

Chief Rabbi: Reform conversions 'aren't Jewish'

Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef issues pandemic Purim guidelines

Rabbi Yosef issues guidelines after meeting COVID Czar, including limiting crowds at synagogues, eating only with nuclear family.

Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef issues pandemic Purim guidelines

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef: 'We must remove the rioters and distance ourselves from them'

Sephardic Chief Rabbi responds to Bnei Brak violence, urges authorities to take cation. 'No justification for such serious acts.'

Chief rabbi: 'We must remove the rioters'

'We respect Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef but don't need his approval'

Chief Rabbi had stated: "Main requirement of city rabbi is that he is expert in Jewish law, not an IDF officer or hesder yeshiva graduate."

'We respect Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef but don't need his approval'player

Chief Sephardic Rabbi: It is obligatory to get vaccinated against coronavirus

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef rules: According to halakha, everyone should go and get vaccinated.

'It is obligatory to get vaccinated against coronavirus'

Historic visit of the Sephardic Chief Rabbi, Harav Yitzhak Yosef, to the UAE

UAE's Religious Tolerance Minister tells Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef: "We're all family here."

Historic visit of the Sephardic Chief Rabbi to the UAE

Israeli Chief Rabbi in historic visit to United Arab Emirates

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef officiates over special ceremony at Jewish Community Center in Dubai, celebrating UAE recognition of Jewish community.

Israeli Chief Rabbi in historic visit to United Arab Emirates

Bahraini delegation meets Chief Rabbi, President and Dep. Mayor of Jerusalem

Member of Bahraini royal family reportedly among delegation visiting Israel, meeting with three Israeli leaders

Bahraini delegation meets Chief Rabbi, President and Dep. Mayor

Chief Rabbi of Israel denounces wigs as 'idolatrous'

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, Chief Rabbi of Israel, slams custom of wearing wigs, saying the hair used is collected in idolatrous rituals.

Chief Rabbi of Israel denounces wigs as 'idolatrous'player

Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef: Whoever endangers others must bear his guilt

Sephardic Chief Rabbi meets with Coronavirus Czar, issues joint statement calling on public to obey Health Ministry guidelines.

Chief Rabbi: Whoever endangers others must bear his guilt

Rabbi Yosef: They forgot my father, Rabbi Ovadia

Sephardic Chief Rabbi criticizes Torah education organization for leaving out all mention of his father's rulings from books.

Rabbi Yosef: They forgot Rabbi Ovadia

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef condemns illegal holding of public prayers against health orders

Sephardic chief rabbi says those who insist on holding minyanim during current health crisis could have blood on their hands.

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef condemns illegal holding of public prayers

Chief Rabbi: Tested for coronavirus? Leave your phone on during Shabbat

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef says those who were tested for coronavirus should leave their phones on during Shabbat.

'Tested for coronavirus? Leave your phone on during Shabbat'

Justice Ministry seeks clarification from Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef

Government anti-racism unit reaches out to Chief Rabbi after receiving 'unusual amount of complaints' over statements on Russian immigrants'

Justice Ministry seeks clarification from Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef

Lapid: Rabbi Yosef should apologize

Blue and White leader: I don't understand why Chief Rabbi has to stand in front of the camera and insult hundreds of thousands of people.

Lapid: Rabbi Yosef should apologize

'Politicians distorting my words, inciting against halakhic Judaism'

Chief Rabbi responds to criticism of his comments on immigrants from the former Soviet Union.

'Politicians distort my words, incite against Judaism'

Tzohar leader threatens to sue Chief Rabbi for lying about mass conversions

Tzohar chairman Rabbi David Stav blasts Chief Rabbi for accusing him of performing quickie conversions, denigrating state conversion system.

'Chief Rabbi lied about conversions - and I'll sue him for it'player

Netanyahu hits Chief Rabbi for 'unacceptable' comments on non-Jewish immigrants

Netanyahu lauds immigration from ex-USSR, joins in criticism of Chief Rabbi's comments on 'anti-religious' non-Jewish immigrants.

"Chief Rabbi's remarks on Russian immigrants are unacceptable"

Chief Rabbi under fire for comments on non-Jewish immigration to Israel

Calls to remove Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef from office after rabbi accuses non-Jewish immigrants of promoting anti-religious agenda

Chief Rabbi under fire for comments on non-Jewish immigrants

Imprisoned Israeli's mother has hope for Hanukkah

Naama Issachar's mother meets in Moscow with the Chief Sephardi Rabbi of Israel and the Chief Rabbi of Russia.

Imprisoned Israeli's mother has hope for Hanukkah

Chief rabbi: 'Form a unity government, without boycotts'

Rabbis call for a break in deadlock, push unity government.

Chief rabbi: 'Form a unity government, without boycotts'

Rabbi Yosef reveals the charged debate over the Temple Mount

Chief Rabbi reveals 2 members of Chief Rabbinical Council demanded sign declaring prohibition against ascending Temple Mount be removed.

Rabbi Yosef reveals the charged debate over the Temple Mount

Chief Rabbi of Rosh Ha’ayin dies at 74

Rabbi Azaria Basis, Chief Rabbi of Rosh Ha’ayin and leader of Yemenite Jewish community, dies at 74.

Chief Rabbi of Rosh Ha’ayin dies at 74

El Al flight lands on Shabbat due to 'pikuach nefesh'

Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef grants permission for El Al flight to land in Israel after Shabbat due to health of one of the passengers.

El Al flight lands on Shabbat due to 'pikuach nefesh'

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.

Netanyahu's response to Chief Rabbis

Israeli Chief Rabbi: Anti-Semitism reared its head in US

Sephardic Chief Rabbi offers condolences to families of synagogue massacre victims, urges 'caution' as anti-Semitism 'rears its head'.

Israeli Chief Rabbi: Anti-Semitism reared its head in US

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.

Attorney General halts appointment of rabbinical judges