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Newly released video: The 10 levels of Sanctity

A video filled with holiness, recently released.The Rav zts"l speaking in 1956 on Sanctity and the Challenges of the Orthodox Rabbinate.

Newly released video: The 10 levels of Sanctity player

Why would anyone want to be a rabbi?

A congregant asked this venerable rabbi why he chose to be one and received an unexpected answer.

 Why would anyone want to be a rabbi?

Tzfat Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu: 'Mandelblit fell for Reform's narrative'

On allowing women to take rabbinate exams: 'We favor Torah study for women, but AG directive stems from Reform. He didn't even speak to us.'

Tzfat Chief Rabbi: 'Mandelblit fell for Reform's narrative'

Dear Diaspora Rabbis

Dear Diaspora Rabbis

Liberman: Rabbinate is persecuting converts to Judaism

Yisrael Beytenu leader slams Be'er Sheva rabbinic court's decision to annul 10-year-old IDF conversion to Judaism.

Liberman: Rabbinate is persecuting converts to Judaism

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'.

Chief Rabbi says some Religious Zionist groups hurting Rabbinate

Chief Rabbi says more female divorce refusers than male ones

Rabbi Lau says despite narrative, many more males are unable to leave marriages due to recalcitrant wives than the reverse.

Chief Rabbi says more female divorce refusers than male ones

Soldier denied shaving exception for not knowing Torah portion

IDF Chaplain decided soldier could not be classified as religious after he didn't know weekly Torah portion.

Soldier denied shaving exception for not knowing Torah portion

Police probing major fraud in Rabbinate Kashrut certification

Authorities suspect high-level officials permitted ostensibly food to be imported from overseas in exchange for bribes.

Police probing major fraud in Rabbinate Kashrut certification

Rabbinate worker arrested on suspicion of bribery

The senior employee allegedly received bribes and favors in the form of money in exchange for special benefits.

Rabbinate worker arrested on suspicion of bribery

Alternative marriage initiative kicks off

Religious services group Hashgacha Pratit launches effort on Monday to marry Israelis outside of the rabbinate's auspices.

Alternative marriage initiative kicks off

Marriage activists protest by admitting guilt to the police

Dozens who officiated at unregistered weddings turn themselves into police.

Marriage activists protest by admitting guilt to the police

Prayer for IDF soldiers to now include police as well

The prayer said all over the world on Shabbat and holidays for the safety of IDF soldiers gets a makeover.

Prayer for IDF soldiers to now include police as well

Bill: Women in Rabbinate election assembly

Prior to Chief Rabbinate elections, proposal to include women in election assembly to be discussed by Ministerial Committee.

Bill: Women in Rabbinate election assembly

Israeli divorce rate drops

According to new data, fewer couples divorced in 2017. Haredi Beitar Illit divorce rate jumps 61%.

Israeli divorce rate drops

Online post draws backlash in support of new Kashrut supervision

Pro-Rabbinate NGO ripped over calls to boycott restaurant using alternate Kosher supervision as Israelis voice support for Tzohar Kashrut.

Online post draws backlash in support of new Kashrut supervision

Petah Tikva businesses transition to new kashrut system

About 300 restaurants and food businesses in Petah Tikva complete transition to new Kashrut system.

Petah Tikva businesses transition to new kashrut system

The IBA “investigation” of the Rabbinate’s Kosher Certification

The IBA “investigation” of the Rabbinate’s Kosher Certification

Rabbinate threatens Tzohar rabbi

Chief Rabbinate warns Rabbi Stav he could lose position as city rabbi if he provides unapproved Kashrut certification.

Rabbinate threatens Tzohar rabbi

'A desecration of God's name, very disturbing'

Head of Tzohar rabbinical movement responds to arrest of four rabbis on suspicion of fraud, says system needs to change.

'A desecration of God's name, very disturbing'

Four rabbis arrested for fraud, breach of trust

Police arrest 4 rabbis from various cities on suspicion of fraudulently obtaining 'fitness certificates' qualifying them for title 'rabbi'

Four rabbis arrested for fraud, breach of trust

Rabbinical Court says 'no' to missionaries

Tel Aviv Rabbinical Court refuses to approve ceremony for two missionaries wishing to marry.

Rabbinical Court says 'no' to missionaries

Supreme Court holds major hearing on Western Wall status

The Chief Rabbinate and Reform, Conservative movements face off Thursday at crucial hearing over government's freezing of Western Wall plan.

Supreme Court holds major hearing on Western Wall status

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.'

Chief Rabbi regrets Rabbi Yehoshua Fass blacklist inclusion

National Union bypasses haredim from the right

Faction demands PM act to enable independent legal representation for rabbinate in High Court hearing on Kotel issue.

National Union bypasses haredim from the right

MK marries abroad to avoid Chief Rabbinate

MK Svetlova: 'The only one that was absent from this beautiful ceremony was the Orthodox rabbinate.'

MK marries abroad to avoid Chief Rabbinate

Rabbi Stav: Privatize 'kashrut monopoly'

Chairman of liberal Tzohar rabbis' organization calls to create Orthodox alternatives to kashrut offered by Chief Rabbinate.

Rabbi Stav: Privatize 'kashrut monopoly'player

Number of men testing for rabbinate jumps

40% more men to take upcoming rabbinate tests, rabbinate increases number of graders.

Number of men testing for rabbinate jumps

Yesh Atid MK: Rabbinate's kosher certification is worthless

MK Elazar Stern says Rabbinate's kashrut is worthless, system is corrupt.

Yesh Atid MK: Rabbinate's kosher certification is worthless

'Are we looking for ways to be strict with the Jewish People?No'

'We've solved hundreds of cases, without noise, without advertising. We are doing all we can but we do not own the Torah. G-d does.'

'Are we looking for ways to be strict with the Jewish People?No'

'Is the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem less important than a Mufti?'

Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir says government should treat vandals who hung LBGT flag at Rabbinate offices the same as it treats 'price tag' acts

'Is the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem less important than a Mufti?'

Gay Flag hung up at Rabbinate

The LGBT flag was hung up outside Rabbinate offices, apparently in protest against Rabbi Amar’s recent comments.

Gay Flag hung up at Rabbinate

Rabbinate rejects conversions by leading US rabbi

Rabbinical Council of America fuming after Israeli Rabbinate rejects four conversions by leading American rabbinic authority.

Rabbinate rejects conversions by leading American Orthodox rabbi

Majority think religious legislation hurts Judaism

Poll by religious group shows majority of Israelis, think aspects of religious laws problematic, especially as they concern marriage.

Most Israelis think religious legislation reduces observance

'Stop treating Diaspora rabbis with contempt'

Natan Sharansky, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin join protest over Rabbinate's refusal to recognize conversions by Rabbi Haskel Lookstein.

Jerusalem protest: 'Stop treating Diaspora rabbis with contempt'

PA manufacturers lose kashrut due to security risk

The Civil Administration refuses to allow kashrut supervisors to enter the PA due to security risks.

Palestinian manufacturers lose kashrut due to security risk

Rabbis Set Up 'Independent' Conversion Courts

A group of rabbis has set up a “competing” independent of Jewish Court of Law (Beit Din) which will exclusively handle conversions.

Rabbis Set Up 'Independent' Conversion Courts, Sans Rabbinate

New Kosher Law to Shore Up 'Holes' in Supervision

A new law that would significantly restrict the definition of 'kosher' at food establishments was approved for legislation Sunday.

New Kosher Law to Shore Up 'Holes' in Supervision

Rabbanut Warns Against False Kashrut on Cheese

Several cheeses being sold may have foreign kashrut approval, but are not licensed under the Rabbinate.

Ahead of Shavuot: Rabbanut Warns Against False Kashrut on Cheese

Rabbi Lau: Beware 'Fake Rabbi Kashrut' Proposal

A proposal by the Attorney General could cause grievous damage to kosher consumers, Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau said.

Rabbi Lau: Beware AG's 'Fake Rabbi Kashrut' Proposal