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Liberman: Rabbinate is persecuting converts to Judaism

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.Arutz Sheva Staff, 07/11/2019 18:40
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
Chief Rabbi says more female divorce refusers than male ones

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.Tzvi Lev, 03/09/2018 12:21
Soldier denied shaving exception for not knowing Torah portion

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.Tzvi Lev, 27/08/2018 21:16
Police probing major fraud in Rabbinate Kashrut certification

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.Tzvi Lev, 20/08/2018 13:05
Rabbinate worker arrested on suspicion of bribery

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.Arutz Sheva Staff, 13/08/2018 14:20
Alternative marriage initiative kicks off

Alternative marriage initiative kicks off

Religious services group Hashgacha Pratit launches effort on Monday to marry Israelis outside of the rabbinate's auspices.Arutz Sheva Staff, 29/07/2018 22:06
Marriage activists protest by admitting guilt to the police

Marriage activists protest by admitting guilt to the police

Dozens who officiated at unregistered weddings turn themselves into police.Yoni Kempinski, 20/07/2018 17:24
Prayer for IDF soldiers to now include police as well

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.Tzvi Lev, 08/07/2018 19:13
Bill: Women in Rabbinate election assembly

Bill: Women in Rabbinate election assembly

Prior to Chief Rabbinate elections, proposal to include women in election assembly to be discussed by Ministerial Committee.Mordechai Sones, 10/06/2018 11:43
Israeli divorce rate drops

Israeli divorce rate drops

According to new data, fewer couples divorced in 2017. Haredi Beitar Illit divorce rate jumps 61%.Tzvi Lev, 03/05/2018 16:29
Online post draws backlash in support of new Kashrut supervision

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.Arutz Sheva Staff, 24/04/2018 11:39
Petah Tikva businesses transition to new kashrut system

Petah Tikva businesses transition to new kashrut system

About 300 restaurants and food businesses in Petah Tikva complete transition to new Kashrut system.Mordechai Sones, 08/02/2018 14:31
The IBA “investigation” of the Rabbinate’s Kosher Certification

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

Israel Broadcasting Authority or Anti-Religious Broadcasting Authority? Skewed reporting and investigating is rampant in the case of the Rabbinate's kashrut certification- and not only there.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 08/11/2017 16:53
Rabbinate threatens Tzohar rabbi

Rabbinate threatens Tzohar rabbi

Chief Rabbinate warns Rabbi Stav he could lose position as city rabbi if he provides unapproved Kashrut certification.Tzvi Lev, 18/09/2017 10:15
'A desecration of God's name, very disturbing'

'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.Benny Tocker, 07/09/2017 20:42
Four rabbis arrested for fraud, breach of trust

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'Mordechai Sones, 06/09/2017 13:59
Rabbinical Court says 'no' to missionaries

Rabbinical Court says 'no' to missionaries

Tel Aviv Rabbinical Court refuses to approve ceremony for two missionaries wishing to marry.Mordechai Sones, 06/09/2017 13:30
Supreme Court holds major hearing on Western Wall status

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.Tzvi Lev, 31/08/2017 10:18
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
National Union bypasses haredim from the right

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.Mordechai Sones, 19/06/2017 22:57
MK marries abroad to avoid Chief Rabbinate

MK marries abroad to avoid Chief Rabbinate

MK Svetlova: 'The only one that was absent from this beautiful ceremony was the Orthodox rabbinate.'JTA, 05/04/2017 22:48
Rabbi Stav: Privatize 'kashrut monopoly'

Rabbi Stav: Privatize 'kashrut monopoly'

Chairman of liberal Tzohar rabbis' organization calls to create Orthodox alternatives to kashrut offered by Chief Rabbinate.Mordechai Sones, 29/03/2017 13:47
Number of men testing for rabbinate jumps

Number of men testing for rabbinate jumps

40% more men to take upcoming rabbinate tests, rabbinate increases number of graders.Hezki Baruch, 22/03/2017 07:28
Yesh Atid MK: Rabbinate's kosher certification is worthless

Yesh Atid MK: Rabbinate's kosher certification is worthless

MK Elazar Stern says Rabbinate's kashrut is worthless, system is corrupt.Chezi Dreksler, 16/01/2017 12:43
'Are we looking for ways to be strict with the Jewish People?No'

'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.'Uzi Baruch, 11/01/2017 22:50
'Is the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem less important than a Mufti?'

'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' actsArutz Sheva Staff, 20/11/2016 16:33
Gay Flag hung up at Rabbinate

Gay Flag hung up at Rabbinate

The LGBT flag was hung up outside Rabbinate offices, apparently in protest against Rabbi Amar’s recent comments.Shlomo Pyutrikovsky, 20/11/2016 09:23
Rabbinate rejects conversions by leading US rabbi

Rabbinate rejects conversions by leading US rabbi

Rabbinical Council of America fuming after Israeli Rabbinate rejects four conversions by leading American rabbinic authority.David Rosenberg, 25/09/2016 22:03
Majority think religious legislation hurts Judaism

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.Shai Landesman, 11/08/2016 11:39
'Stop treating Diaspora rabbis with contempt'

'Stop treating Diaspora rabbis with contempt'

Natan Sharansky, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin join protest over Rabbinate's refusal to recognize conversions by Rabbi Haskel Lookstein.Rachel Kaplan, 06/07/2016 09:31
PA manufacturers lose kashrut due to security risk

PA manufacturers lose kashrut due to security risk

The Civil Administration refuses to allow kashrut supervisors to enter the PA due to security risks.Arutz Sheva Staff, 07/02/2016 09:43
Rabbis Set Up 'Independent' Conversion Courts

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.Moshe Cohen, 10/08/2015 18:51
New Kosher Law to Shore Up 'Holes' in Supervision

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.Moshe Cohen, 19/07/2015 19:16
Rabbanut Warns Against False Kashrut on Cheese

Rabbanut Warns Against False Kashrut on Cheese

Several cheeses being sold may have foreign kashrut approval, but are not licensed under the Rabbinate.Yishai Karov, 20/05/2015 20:04
Rabbi Lau: Beware 'Fake Rabbi Kashrut' Proposal

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.Moshe Cohen, 06/05/2015 17:06
Inspectors Seize 20 Tons of 'Phony Food'

Inspectors Seize 20 Tons of 'Phony Food'

Inspectors detained and destroyed some 20 tons of meat and other food items that had not been inspected or approved by Israeli authorities.Moshe Cohen, 09/12/2014 21:34
MK: No Prison for 'Off Record' Marriages

MK: No Prison for 'Off Record' Marriages

An MK seeks to change a law which threatens prison for Israelis who don't tell the Rabbinate they are married.Yaakov Levi, 30/11/2014 15:52
Rabbinate: For Sabbath's Sake, Postpone Lag B'Omer

Rabbinate: For Sabbath's Sake, Postpone Lag B'Omer

The Chief Rabbinate on Sunday asked that Lag B'omer celebrations be delayed by a day this year, in order to prevent Sabbath violations.Yosef Berger, 11/05/2014 15:59
Record Number of Rabbis Graduate from YU

Record Number of Rabbis Graduate from YU

Dean of US Modern Orthodoxy's flagship rabbinical seminary explains how his boys are bucking the trend of US assimilation rates.Ari Soffer, 19/03/2014 14:56
Mikvah Workers Outraged by Fine for Nosiness

Mikvah Workers Outraged by Fine for Nosiness

Female mikvah supervisors upset by proposed law that threatens 50,000 shekel fine for asking unwanted questions.Maayana Miskin, 02/03/2014 10:47
French Oleh Seeks 'Shabbat Restos' for Jerusalem

French Oleh Seeks 'Shabbat Restos' for Jerusalem

Immigrant oleh French businessman Laurent Levy wants Jerusalem restaurants to open on Shabbat - and remain kosher.David Lev, 13/02/2014 19:57
Jewish Home MK to Lapid: Apologize to Chief Rabbis

Jewish Home MK to Lapid: Apologize to Chief Rabbis

MK Yoni Chetboun slammed Finance Minister, who wants the rabbis sacked over a statement against women in the military.David Lev, 12/01/2014 18:04
Tzohar Law Takes Effect

Tzohar Law Takes Effect

Religious-Zionist community embraces Tzohar Law, praises benefit of competitive services, accessibility of Jewish marriage in Israel.Tova Dvorin, 31/12/2013 09:18
Proposal: 'Kosher Cops' to Take on Kashrut Fraud

Proposal: 'Kosher Cops' to Take on Kashrut Fraud

A new proposal by Deputy Minister in charge of Religious Affairs Eli Ben-Dahan would establish a unit to battle Kashrut fraudDavid Lev, 30/12/2013 20:53
Tzohar: Release List of Approved Diaspora Rabbis

Tzohar: Release List of Approved Diaspora Rabbis

Rabbi David Stav, Tzohar's director, calls on Rabbinate to released list of rabbis abroad who can legally determine Jewish status.Tova Dvorin, 11/11/2013 21:33
Women of the Wall Calls in US Reserves

Women of the Wall Calls in US Reserves

Three Reform missions from US called in to swell group numbers for organization's 25th anniversary; leader has called to scrap rabbinate.Ari Yashar, 04/11/2013 14:38
MK: Make CEOs Responsible for Animal Abuse

MK: Make CEOs Responsible for Animal Abuse

Exposure of animal cruelty leads MK to propose new criminal law. Rabbis join investigation.Maayana Miskin, 03/11/2013 14:53
New Law Lets Marrying Couples Pick Their Rabbi

New Law Lets Marrying Couples Pick Their Rabbi

Couples can now marry in any city or town in the country, select rabbi they feel comfortable with, making Jewish marriage easier.David Lev, 28/10/2013 22:10
MK Praises Civil Marriage: ‘The Time has Come’

MK Praises Civil Marriage: ‘The Time has Come’

Yesh Atid MK recalls her 30-second US marriage ceremony with satisfaction, calls for civil ceremonies in Israel.Maayana Miskin, 09/10/2013 16:27
Rabbinate: Tons of Rice Infected With Bugs

Rabbinate: Tons of Rice Infected With Bugs

The Chief Rabbinate on Sunday warned Israelis to check their rice – for bugsDavid Lev, 15/09/2013 21:25
Rabbinate Weighs in on Kaparot Controversy

Rabbinate Weighs in on Kaparot Controversy

The Rabbinate supports use of chickens for ‘atonement’ ritual – but with caution.Maayana Miskin, 11/09/2013 02:42
Ramle Slaughterhouse: Not Kosher

Ramle Slaughterhouse: Not Kosher

Chief Rabbinate of Israel made ​​it clear today that kosher certificate granted by Ramle Rabbinate to slaughterhouse Tal Hal Iska is invalidKochava Rozenbaum, 13/08/2013 20:26
Bennett: They’re Trying to Scare Us

Bennett: They’re Trying to Scare Us

Bennett: No need to fear staying in our land.Maayana Miskin, 26/07/2013 12:52
Lapid: Rabbinate Irrelevant

Lapid: Rabbinate Irrelevant

Lapid: Rabbinate ‘irrelevant' - what Israel needs is civil marriage, gay marriage and freedom from religion.Maayana Miskin, 25/07/2013 16:45
Ben-Dahan: Results show Rabbi Yosef’s Power

Ben-Dahan: Results show Rabbi Yosef’s Power

Deputy Minister: religious-Zionist rabbis lost because the religious-Zionist community has no Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.Maayana Miskin, 25/07/2013 13:43
Rabbi Arusi Leaves Rabbinate Race

Rabbi Arusi Leaves Rabbinate Race

Rabbi Ratzon Arusi drops out of race at the last minute, six contenders remain.Maayana Miskin and Ari Soffer, 24/07/2013 15:06