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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.

Netanyahu Weathers Litzman Storm, Shabbat Crisis Over

The one area where the Haredim had to capitulate to a higher power was soccer matches on Shabbat.

Dozens Arrested in Jerusalem Anti-IDF Demonstrations

The Yerushalmi Faction opposes any cooperation whatsoever with the IDF, even to obtain needed deferrals from the draft for the many eligible yeshiva students who qualify in Israel.

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.

Haredi Minister Resigns from Netanyahu Government over Railway Shabbat Works

The Health Minister's resignation will not entail the United Torah Judaism's leaving the Netanyahu coalition. It merely means that Litzman does not wish to be associated, as cabinet member, with government-sponsored works on Shabbat.

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.

Israeli Religious Court Declares Woman Conceived From Sperm Bank Eligible for Marriage

Since the identity of the father is unknown, it could have imposed severe restrictions on whom the woman would be allowed to marry.

Religious General Rejected for Senior Post

Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot officially told Brigadier General Ofer Vinter that he won't be given the position of military secretary to the Prime Minister.

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.

Labor Party Chief: the Left Forgot What It Means to Be Jews

"We are Jews, living in a Jewish state," Gabai said, adding, "I think one of the Labor Party's problems is that it has distanced itself from that."

Knesset Debates Complaints that Restaurants Employing Olim Lose Kosher Certification

'According to the Halacha, only the person who cooks the food must be Jewish; the other workers do not have to be Jewish.'

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.

Bus Driver Waited Patiently for Passenger Who Was Removing Missionary Posters

"It was heartwarming to see the Jewish sentiment waking up against the missionaries," the woman said.
The water tower in the demolished village of Homesh, in Samaria, where Rabbi Vodka and others were staying two years ago despite an eviction of the residents in 2005.

Report: Netanyahu Vetoed Habayit Hayehudi Bill to Reverse Disengagement from Northern Samaria

The Prime Minister's decision will effectively prevent the possibility of Israelis visiting Area C's northern Samaria, and certainly quash any notion of resettling Homesh.

Netanyahu’s Center-Right Partners Won’t Join Labor-Led Government Despite Alarming Polls

It's definitely pre-elections season in Israel, as yet another new poll has come out over the weekend with devastating predictions for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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.

Haredi Parties Demand New Military Draft Law Praise Torah Study, Likud Agrees

Last summer, the High Court of Justice revoked an earlier version of the draft law which granted yeshiva students an exemption from military service through 2023.

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.

Chief Rabbinate Condemns Supreme Court for ‘Severely Harming Shabbat’

"The fact that the judges' decision was based on their way of life expresses more than anything else that this is not a matter for trial, but a matter of their worldview."

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."

Soon – First Female IDF Tank Commanders

In view of the success of the female fighters in the training course so far, it appears that the integration of female combatants in tank units will eventually be accomplished.

President Rivlin Swears in New Supreme Court Chief Justice Esther Hayut

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

Peleg Yerushalmi Protesters Attack Egged Bus

A 14-year-old girl was treated by MDA for injuries from the attack.

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