A “scandalous letter” in the files of Israel’s official rabbinate “reflects ignorance,” delivers “a severe blow” to Israel’s relations with Diaspora Jewry and “abandons the religious system in Israel to haredi hands.
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Several organizations have expressed concern with the number of Jewish citizens marrying outside the rabbinate.
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman voiced strong support for religious women who enlist in the IDF on Monday while criticizing religious lifestyles that preclude military service and employment, focusing only on religious studies.
Two large groups of Jews at diametric odds over the fate of Jewish prayer at the Western Wall gathered at the holy site Monday morning to mark the beginning of the Hebrew month of Av, when tradition holds both the First and Second Temples were destroyed for a roster of reasons, including a lack of unity.
One of the most controversial clauses in the new protocol is one which stipulates that an officer or NCO will not necessarily be able to avoid serving in a mixed-gender units.
An aggressive campaign against joint service of men and women in combat units has been taking place in the past year on Israel streets and on social media under the slogans ‘Saving the IDF’ and ‘Stop the Madness.’ Yedioth Ahronoth uncovers people and organizations behind campaign, which was launched by anonymous group called Brothers in Arms, as well as the generous public funds received by some of these organizations.
Trump entered the men’s section of the site together with Western Wall administrator Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, while Melania and Ivanka went to the women’s section accompanied by the rabbi’s wife, Yael
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Rav Avraham Roznikov, the Rabbi of the Ichilov Hospital, has written a Responsum on this subject. Rav Roznikov identifies four reasons why Israel should adopt a more reasonable policy toward searching for chametz in hospitals prior to and during Passover. His fourth and final reason is that utensils that have absorbed the food taste of prohibited food that are then mixed with other utensils are considered to be kosher according to the legal principal of following after the majority status. This means, that in a case when a suspect utensil was mixed up with other utensils, the suspect utensil is considered to be nullified among the majority. We are not obligated to then purify all of the utensils because of the minority, but they are all considered kosher. In addition there is the halachic principal of kli shlishi (the third utensil). Jewish law distinguishes between the pot that cooks the food on the fire to the utensils in which the food is transferred after that fact.
For this reason and others food can be eaten on the utensils in the hospital and the hospital can clean the dishes with other utensils on Passover without concern for minority cases.
ERUSALEM (JTA) — An internal correspondence document written by a senior member of Israel’s Rabbinical Courts rejects the authority of all rabbis who receive their ordination from a yeshiva located in New York.
Read more: https://forward.com/news/401945/liberal-orthodox-rabbis-rejected-by-israel-rabbinate/
Four division commanders were appointed in the latest round of promotions and appointments, which are made approximately every year.
Treasury-Rabbinate plan would spin off day-to-day supervision to regional monopolies answerable to local chief rabbi
An internal correspondence document from the Rabbinical Courts, written in March 2018, and published by ITIM today (Monday), reveals that despite the Rabbinate’s consistent public declaration that there are no “blacklists” for recognition of rabbis abroad, the Rabbinical Courts continue to reject the halachic authority of at least one hundred and twenty four Orthodox rabbis in the United States. Today, in a meeting of the Knesset’s Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs, the Chief Rabbinate’s Director, Moshe Dagan, vociferously denied the existence of any such blacklists
Illiberal remarks by rabbi-teachers shine spotlight on pre-military institution, whose graduates wield considerable influence in the IDF
Huge donations, aiding organizations with a distinct agenda, an attempt to change the public discourse in Israel with foreign money: The Tikvah Fund, which promotes a US Republican worldview through research institutions, seminars and media outlets with a clear right-wing ideology, is being accused by Religious Zionism circles of turning a cold shoulder to the disadvantaged, underrepresenting women and deepening the rift among the Jewish people.
In a surprise move, religious-Zionist rabbis and movements are joining the call for the institutionalization of civil marriage in Israel, in a bid to solve the halachic problem of common-law marriage. ‘A normal state can’t afford a situation in which 10 to 20 percent of its citizens are unable to get married,’ says Tzohar Rabbi David Stav.
Rabbi Yehoshua Shapira, who heads the hesder yeshiva in Ramat Gan, causes ire after criticizing ‘LGBTstan phenomenon’ in Israel, claiming ‘We’re not homophobes and we’re not extremists’; mayor calls on defense minister to take steps against rabbi; LGBT group plans protest.
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The IDF has for the last 18 months been evaluating the possibility of integrating women into combat tank units for border defense duties, as well as opening the tank commanders course to women
Rabbi Shlomo Aviner has warned religious men – but not women – not to enlist in the army for fear that they would serve with women.
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