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Rabbi Calling to Oust IDF Chief over Mixed-Sex Agenda

Naturally, a slew of politicians took a ride on Rabbis Eliyahu and Aviner's statements, eager to score points with their supporters.

The Forward Misinforms Readers to Promote Anti-Circumcision Agenda

The Forward says circumcision rates in Israel are dropping, with no data to support their claim, but two surveys prove the rates are actually rising.

Shabbat Supermarket Law Squeaks Through by 58 to 57

MK Yulia Malinovsky, whose coalition party Yisrael Beiteinu broke rank and voted against the bill, asked the Likud members from the podium Monday night when did they become a Haredi party.

IDF Soldier Injured as his Car Hit by Stones in Ramat Beit Shemesh

The driver was lightly injured and evacuated by Magen David Adom (MDA).

Survey Shows More Haredi Women Hold Driver’s License as Social Integration Booms

The poverty rate among Haredi Israelis fell to 45% in 2016, its lowest level in more than a decade.

Poll: Most Jewish Israelis Admit Jerusalem Is Divided, But Vast Majority Won’t Hear of...

Almost three out of every four Israeli Jews (72%) think that even with a stable peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Jerusalem should remain united as the capital of Israel.

Report: Religious Jews’ Ascent to Temple Mount Up 75%

Today a Jew who goes up to the mountain feels that he is welcome."

Knesset Committee Survey of Street Modesty Signs Cut Short over Security Concerns

Deputy Knesset Speaker MK Yisrael Eichler (United Torah Judaism) compared the women's committee's visit to Beit Shemesh to a visit by supporters of Rabbi Meir Kahane to Umm al-Fahm.

Pro-BDS Flags, Guillotine, Featured in Left’s Anti-Netanyahu Rally

Roaming in the crowd on Rothschild Boulevard, Amit Brin, a designer, was so good at diverting attention from the serious issues at hand – a prime minister at war with police investigators – he might as well have been on the Likud payroll.

Petach Tikvah Chief Rabbi Launches Kashrut Revolution with Independent Supervisors

"As consumers, the strict adherence of everyone to a valid kashrut certificate will help this important move take place."

Gaza Border Kibbutz to Admit Orthodox Members

The kibbutz, which on the eve of Passover, 2008, suffered the worst bombardment by mortar shells since the Israeli disengagement from Gaza (they insisted on celebrating the seder at the kibbutz dining hall), is expecting that "turning into a mixed kibbutz will facilitate growth and development."

Survey: 55% of Israelis Reject US Jews’ Involvement in their State’s Affairs

The Arab sector was almost evenly divided on the subject, with a slight advantage for those who believed that Israel should take into account the positions of American Jews: 48% were in favor of such consideration and 46% opposed it.

Birthright Drops Reform Program, Claims Kids Prefer Orthodox Tours

Birthright brought 48,000 Jewish kids ages 18 to 26 to Israel in 2017, but not through the Reform movement, apparently.

Knesset Gives Preliminary Approval to Arab MK’s Bill Reversing Talmudic Sages on Goats

MK Zahalka argued that goats are actually good for the environment, as they thin out the forests, making them easier to control in case of a fire.

Reform Riot at Kotel, Condemn Netanyahu

For people who become mortally hurt when this or that Orthodox politician tells them they're not really Jewish, heaping on their heads advice as to how they should improve – US Jews are surprisingly unrestrained when it comes to meddling in the coalition politics of a foreign country.

Knesset Gives Preliminary Approval to Turning to Halacha in Absence of Clear Laws

The notion presented by the authors of the bill that Jewish halacha is a well-defined body of law, a streamlined set of answers to judicial questions, if you will, is absurd.

Another One Bites the Dust: Orthodox General Forced to Retire over Inanity

As Israel is facing a looming war along the borders with Lebanon and Syria, the IDF has forced out one of its most brilliant generals for the unauthorized possession of a washing machine, a souvenir assault rifle and spare parts.

Ukraine Objecting to Moving Bones of Nachman of Breslov to Israel

The secret appeal was made by Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), on behalf of Breslov Hasidism in Israel.

High Court: Jewish Settlers Part of Local Judea, Samaria, Population

Retiring Justice Salim Joubran ruled that according to International Law it is permissible to impound lands in favor of the Israeli population in Judea and Samaria, provided it is done reasonably.

For Reform the B in BDS Spells Bibi

The Reform movement will not meet Netanyahu before he gives back their share of the Western Wall.

Labor MK: Soldiers Who Give Thanks at Kotel – Religious Coercion

Fewer than 20 people attended Bar-Lev's rally, but the vehemence with which he attacked one of the most common practices of IDF soldiers, religious and secular alike, suggests the gap between right and left in Israel is stretching even wider.

Israeli Hospital Training Spiritual Escorts for Patients

"The studies are not frontal in the sense of lectures, but include a lot of self-observation, and assimilation of materials in a practical and experiential way."

President Rivlin Swears in New Supreme Court Chief Justice Esther Hayut

Justice Hayut's reputation as a jurist far outshines Naor's.

Haredi Hospital Sued for Refusing Fertility Treatments to Unmarried Woman

This is the first time an Israeli court has approved a class action against a hospital.

Netanyahu Plans Lowering Vote Threshold to Bolster Rightwing Parties, Rightwing Parties Enraged

Lowering the threshold would thus could give the rightwing block as many as 70 seats in the next Knesset—it now hovers around 65, and clip one or two Arab seats that would travel back to the Zionist leftwing parties.

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