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Police Raid Offices of Beit Shemesh Municipality, Arrest Official

Police suspect that a tender was published a year ago by the local municipality, and the investigation has so far shown that a council member skewed the terms of the tender to favor one particular company.
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High Court Removes ‘Get Married’ from Pro-Same-Sex Marriage Commercial

"The struggle for same-sex couples' right to marry is part of the struggle for civil marriages in Israel, since it is clear that religious law, which regulates marriages and divorces in the state, does not allow it."

Shas MK Resigns under Rabbinic Pressure over Attending Nephew’s Same-Sex Wedding

Shas MK Yigal Guetta on Wednesday announced his resignation from the Knesset, in the wake of harsh rebuke he received from Sephardi rabbis, including...

Israeli Lawmakers Outraged at High Court Ruling on Conscription Law

"The sole motivation behind [the Court's] decisions is a dictatorial hunger for power, to oppose the laws of the elected Knesset."

Herzliya Mayor Sends Letter of Apology to Late Lubavitcher Rebbe over Tefillin Brouhaha

So far the Rebbe has not responded. But the mayor and local Chabadniks went out to dance in the streets of Herzliya, which did a lot to alleviate the tension.

High Court Rejects Meretz, Reform Petition to Compel Public Transportation on Shabbat

The judges noted that the state is not obligated to act to examine transportation needs, and emphasized that they do not intend to express their opinion on this issue.

Getting Ready to Do Your Israeli Holiday Grocery Shopping?

The real news is that in nearly every Israeli supermarket chain this year, the price of groceries has dropped.

Survey Shows Deep Split among Israeli Jews over Shabbat Soccer

The Smith Institute survey proves for the Nth time that the polls yield results based on how you write the questions, or, in this case, how you cut your random sample of respondents.

IDF Chief of Staff Eizenkot to Discuss Azaria Sentence Commutation

Legal sources estimate that Eizenkot will shorten Azaria's sentence of 18 months in prison by several months, but will not pardon the convicted soldier altogether.

Chief Rabbi: Sephardim Will Desecrate Shabbat for Soccer

"Woe," he said. "What if there were soccer on Shabbat? There will be soccer everywhere. People will come in their cars."

Netanyahu Betting Religious Coalition Partners Won’t Quit over Legalizing Shabbat Soccer

"This industry is funded by millions of shekels from the defense budget (e.g. policemen) and its operation on Shabbat forces the entire Jewish people to participate in the desecration of the Shabbat, and this to us is unacceptable."

Ahead of Decisive High Court Debate, Non-Orthodox Movements Demand Share in Running Western Wall

The members of the Conservative, Reform, Women of the Wall, and other non-Orthodox groups tell the high court that, as is always the case in real estate, they can no longer accept the devaluation of their share in the ancient relic on account of reduced exposure to street traffic, or, you guessed it: location, location, location.

Rabbi Stav Calls Aryeh Deri ‘Criminal Ignoramus’ over Anti-Modern Orthodox Hate Speech

Aryeh Deri was convicted of taking $155,000 in bribes while serving as Interior Minister, and was given a three-year jail sentence in 2000.

6 Religious-Zionist Girls’ High Schools in Israel’s Education Ministry’s Top 10

The high schools at the bottom of the list in terms of their students' eligibility for a matriculation certificate include eight Arab and two Haredi institutions.

Watch: Israeli Police Stop Soccer Game on Temple Mount Only After Jews’ Request

Soccer games are a common sight on the Temple Mount, according to the report, even though they are explicitly prohibited by the law governing holy places, which has been upheld by the High Court's ruling.

Rabbinic Court Revokes Conversion of Jews for Jesus’ Daughter

The Netanya court discovered that the plaintiff's father was involved in establishing a group called Netzari (Hebrew for Christian), which he currently leads.

Zomet Institute Head Leaves Habayit Hayehudi over Bennett’s Outed Spokeswoman

Apparently there is a conference planned for Habayit Hayehudi in September, where Rosen wanted to lead the forum on technology and halakha – but was refused because of his jittery track record of slamming doors behind his back every few months.

High Court Rules Woman Can Serve as Director-General of State Rabbinic Courts

"It would have been great if this issue had been resolved amicably between the sides rather than by the court."

Expect Huge Blowout at the Kotel as WOW, Reform, Conservative, Blow Shofars

If Jews had the ability to ignore religious provocation when they saw one, we'd still have the Second Temple, if not the First.

Research Group: Israeli Education Near Bottom of Developed World

The quality of Israel’s education has improved over past two decades, and yet Israel is near the bottom of the developed world, its 8th graders get correct answers on only half their math questions, Israel’s weakest students are also the weakest in the developed world, and Israel’s top students rank only in the bottom third of the developed world.

Netanyahu Picks Former Justice Minister to Lead New Conversions Bill Deliberations

Nissim's appointment is part of the Netanyahu government's fulfillment of its commitment to the High Court of Justice to promote a more "egalitarian" conversions law which would enjoy broad support from Israelis.

IDF Concerned: Combat Recruitment Motivation Down for 3rd Straight Draft

The last time IDF combat recruitment was this low was recorded immediately after the 2006 Second Lebanon War.The trend was eventually corrected in 2010, when demand for combat service surged to an 80% peak. But it has since been declining consistently.

Thousands Gather in Tel Aviv to Show Support for ‘Bibi’ Netanyahu

"It says it's good for all brothers to sit together -- this investigation is not right. Stop destroying our unity. Bibi will be our prime minister until 2035."

Compassionate Donor Helps NGO Buy Field to Grow Food for Needy Israelis

"This land is one of the only fields in Israel where produce is grown specifically for this purpose, and it's the only field that has a greenhouse to grow staple vegetables."

Israel’s Lone Rightwing TV Channel Fined for Ignoring the Reform

Channel 20's operating license specifies that it must provide an appropriate platform for all the Jewish denominations, although it is yet to be seen if the heritage channel would be similarly punished for not allowing Israeli Karaites, Samaritans, or Jews for Jesus a platform of their own.

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