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Hundreds of Thousands in Rabbi Shteinman’s Funeral in Bnei Brak

Police estimate that 600,000 people are participating in the funeral procession.

Rabbi Shteinman, Head of Lithuanian Haredi World, Dies at 104

MK Yitzhak Herzog spoke about the rabbi’s modesty and spiritual power, and said his impact on haredi Judaism would continue to be felt for generations.

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.

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.

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.

Israeli Knesset, Jewish World Prays for Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman

Knesset Members, parliamentary aides and other staff members recited prayers for the 103-year-old Torah sage in Jerusalem.

Dozens Arrested in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak Protests Against IDF Draft

Members of the so-called "Yerushalmi Faction" has urged yeshiva students not to comply with the draft board.

Recorded Senior Rabbinic Judges Voice Contempt for Sephardi Chief Rabbi

The recorded judges expressed their fear of standing up openly to Rabbi Yosef, but even more so standing up to his close associate David Amar (Shas), who can make and break their careers.

Haredi Couple Married on Shabbat Due to ‘Urgent Circumstances’

The Sheva Brachot meal could not be held as planned on Shabbat morning because the existence of a bride and a groom was in doubt.
Adina Bar Shalom with her father, Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef zt’l’s Daughter Invited to Join Yesh Atid

Adina Bar Shalom's father was the Spiritual Leader of the Sephardic religious Shas Party.
Haredi soldiers praying in the fields. Some are less welcome in their own shuls.

Harassed Hareidi IDF Officer Wins NIS 500,000 Compensation in Court

Three extremists campaigning against the Conscription Law publicized his name and private family information.

Tens of Thousands of Jews Flood Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs for Shabbat Chayei...

The families of the community opened their homes to the tens of thousands of guests.

Netanyahu on Bikur Cholim Visit to Rabbi Grossman in Migdal Ha’Emek

Rabbi Grossman, world-renowned for founding and leading Migdal Ohr educational institutions, is constantly on the go.

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.

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.

Thousands Mark Passing of Biblical Matriarch Rachel

The passing of Rachel is marked on the 11th day in the Hebrew month of Heshvan on the Jewish calendar.

Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman in ICU at Bnei Brak Hospital

The public is asked to pray for the health of Rav Aharon Yehuda Leib ben Gitel Feige, b'toch sha'ar cholei Yisrael.

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.

Daily Mail Columnist Warns Britain’s Jews Facing Exodus to Israel

"If history has taught us Jews anything, it's knowing when it's time to pack."

US Ambassador Discovers in Sderot Yeshiva, City, Defying Terror with Growth

"In Sderot, there's a different kind of Jew, one that says, 'Ad kan. That's it. We're done. We're not moving.' And that's a story that doesn't get told enough."

Rav Ovadia Yosef’s Mythical Chair Auctioned, Asking Price $57,000

"It has gone through chuppas, bris millahs, public conferences and various other events, during which people who needed medicine, spouses, blessings and salvation sat on it."

Deri, Bennett Lead Drive for Approval of Construction of Hezkiyahu Quarter in Hebron

The plan includes 31 housing units, as well as offices for social services, kindergarten and nursery facilities, and more.

Afirmative Action: New Habayit Hayehudi Bill Gives Reservists Preference in Civil Service Hiring

'A person who serves the state and sacrifices his comfort for her sake must be awarded a significant advantage.'

Shteiging Beats Gelt in Beit Shemesh Yom Kippur Aliyah Bidding War

Our rough estimate suggests the study bid came to $21.42 per page, and we believe that at these rates we could persuade millions of Jews to study the Talmud.

ADL Offers Reward for Info on Anti-Semitic Attack in Crown Heights

"This manifestation of anti-Semitism, which we wholeheartedly condemn, is as upsetting as it is clear, unambiguous hate..."

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