A new campaign by the Ne’emanei Torah v’Avodah raises awareness of couple who cannot marry in Israel and find a civil solution their problem
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Bayit Yehudi Mk Batzalel Smotririch has proposed legislation to establish a unified standard for kashrut licensing across the country. His bill is scheduled for debate in the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday.
The bill is supported by Chief Rabbis Yitzhak Yosef and David Lau. Opponents, however, argue that the draft legislation would increase the power of the Chief Rabbinate and perpetuate the current system’s conflicts of interest.
The Neemanei Torah Va’avodah organization, which is supported by the New Israel fund, attacked Minister Uri Ariel in the wake of the State Comptrollers claim that he transferred funds to task-oriented groups.
Op-ed: It’s time to stop fighting over the Western Wall and create ways to overcome division which cater for all sects. The holy site should be run by a public council including representatives of the relevant government ministries, public delegates representing male and female worshippers, and representatives of the Diaspora Jewry.
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.
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
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
In Israel, we talk about the status quo, which refers to the political understanding between religious and secular political parties not to alter the communal arrangement in relation to religious matters. However, in recent years, it has become increasingly apparent that when it comes to issues of religion and state – “this is one of […]
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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