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National Religious Rabbis Offer Alternative Kashrut Certifications, Compete with Chief Rabbinate

Tzohar founder Rabbi Feuerstein believes that rather than being a player in the kashrut market, the chief rabbinate should set the standards and regulate the industry, allowing in as many qualified groups as wish to participate.

Government to Approve Shabbat Soccer Games with Haredi Tacit Approval

Last September, Netanyahu asked Deputy Attorney General Raz Nazri to provide recommendations to issue a sweeping permit to professional soccer on Shabbat.

Religious MK Elazar Stern: Mixed-Sex Combat Service ‘Wonderful’

Does Stern honestly believe that sitting in a college lecture hall next to members of the opposite sex imposes the same degree of unwanted intimacy, often the revolting kind – as the reality of the inside of a combat tank?

Popular Israeli Vocalist Shlomi Shabat Hospitalized

The vocalist, age 63, is known for his versatility; he sings in Hebrew, Turkish and Spanish and is known for his rock as well as for his Mizrahi music.

Poll: Israelis Want Haredim Out of Govt, Illegal Africans Out of Country

A majority of the respondents prefers six out of the seven business categories be kept open on Shabbat.

Haredi Parties Want Constitutional Right to Learn Torah

"This basic law seeks to anchor the right of those who wish to dedicate themselves to a meaningful period of Torah study to the removal of other obligations ... such as security service and voluntary national service.

Knesset Committee to Renew Debate Over Muezzin Bill

Local supporters say the measure is necessary because Arab political and religious officials refuse to listen to concerns about being woken up at pre-dawn hours.

Rabbi Riskin Calls for Public Transportation on Shabbat

"Public transportation can be operated on Shabbat with non-Jewish drivers."

Poll: National Religious Voters Prefer Shaked over Bennett

It should be noted that Bennett has already been elected chairman until 2020, so he has nothing to worry about regarding his position.

Haredi Parties, Liberman, on Coalition Toppling War Path over Shabbat Laws

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas) on Saturday slammed the Yisrael Beiteinu chairman over his show of solidarity with law breakers, and told reporters, "I am done with Avigdor Liberman."

Rabbi Eliyahu: Defense Minister Must Apologize or I’ll Sue

Unhindered by things like irony, Liberman, a government minister who was there to support breaking a state Shabbat law, said the rabbis are civil servants, who must represent the positions of the state and not be against the state.

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.

New Poll: Lapid Receives 27 Seats, Netanyahu Only 22 in Wake of ‘Supermarkets Law’

Shas, which initiated the Supermarket Law, is not benefiting from it for the time being, and is expected to win only 4 seats (down from 7) – barely passing the threshold, if that.

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."

Tzohar and Rabbinate Collaborate on Marriage in Tel Aviv

“This will allow us to positively contribute to helping these couples build healthy new relationships and families in accordance with Halacha and the laws of the State of Israel."

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."

State to Ask Court for Extension on Non-Orthodox Conversions

Former Justice Minister Moshe Nissim, appointed by Netanyahu to formulate government policy on conversions, only began to work on his assignment in November.

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."

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