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Israel’s Love Stats in Wake of Tu B’Av

The crude marriage rate was 6.2 for every 1,000 Israelis, which is among the highest in the OECD countries.

The Grieving Habits of Israeli Jews

Four percent of Israeli Jews (almost two hundred and fifty thousand) say they visit the Western Wall on Tisha B'Av.

Kosher Supervisor Star-K Parts Company with Starbucks

See the Star-K Starbucks Recommendations Chart inside the article.

IDF’s Commando Rabbi Wasn’t Joking about Rebuilding the Temple

Captain Rabbi Avrumi Levin: In case the Temple is rebuilt, consider this [Tisha B'Av] document null and void.

Report: 55 Complaints Against Ritual Circumcisers in 2017, Out of 75,000 Circumcisions

Attorney Ella Skat of the ITIM Institute asked, “Why not compel mohalim to carry malpractice insurance?”

Chief Rabbinate Approves Severing Kashrut Supervisors’ Reliance on Businesses They Monitor

The Rabbinical Council concluded its statement with a last-ditch effort to eliminate much of its decision, insisting that it "views the operation of the kashrut system by the religious councils as the correct alternative."

Monday Yuval and Racheli Got Married on Temple Mount

Reportedly, as many as four Jewish couples got married on the Temple Mount over the past 18 months, despite the Israel Police and the Jordanian Waqf rules.

Danish parliament to Debate Ban on Infant Male Circumcision

Intact Denmark – Association Against Circumcision of Children, began its petition drive on January 1, calling for a ban on circumcising males under the age of consent, 18.

Knesset Committee Debates Troubled Conversion Policy, Banning of Venice Chief Rabbi

Venice Chief Rabbi Rabbi Bahbout disregarded the status quo and declared that he would convert people from all over Italy in his court, including those who had been rejected in the courts in Milan and Rome.

High Court to Meddle in, Sharply Reduce IDF Conversions

The petition against the IDF was filed last year by Stanislav Yurovsky, an IDF officer, through the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.

AG: In Israel, If You Want to Be a Cohen – You’re a Cohen,...

When same-sex couples approach the Interior Ministry with a request for one spouse to take on his/her spouse's name Cohen or Levy, "they encounter difficulties and even refusal."

On Counsel’s Advice Women Invited to Apply for Knesset Rabbi’s Post

The new tender is expected to omit the requirement for an ordination, and will require instead a bachelor's degree and a kashrut supervisor's certificate.

YouTube Deletes Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu’s Torah Channel

Users who tried to browse through the channel to watch the lessons encountered the message “Account deleted.”

Rami Levy’s Cellphone Company Going Shomer Shabbat

Rami Levy Tikshoret will be the first cellphone company to take that step.

Cairo Genizah Project Reveals 11th Century Passover Haggadah

The Cairo Genizah International Project of the Haifa, Oxford, Princeton and Pennsylvania universities presents one of the ancient haggadahs discovered so far, opening a window to Medieval Passover customs.

Religious Zionists’ Spiritual Leader on Vaccination: Listen to Doctors, Don’t Be Your Own Physician

"We very much value independent and critical thinking, but we also need some common sense and humility."
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Rav Druckman Makes a Rare Blessing at Havat Gilad

Blessed are you Hashem our God, King of the Universe, Who restores the widow's boundary line.

OU Draws Red Line Regarding Female Rabbis, Demands Member Synagogues’ Compliance

The OU has established parameters for a three-year period during which the umbrella body for American Orthodox congregations will work to bring its member synagogues who employ female clergy into compliance with OU standards, which stipulate that a woman cannot serve as a rabbi.

Chief Rabbi Orders an End to Special Prayers for Rain

The rains of the last few weeks have improved the seasonal rainfall, and the rabbinate has changed its directive and ordered the chazan to no longer say the special prayer for rainfall.

Get Ready for Wednesday’s Once-in-150-Years Blood Moon that’s also Super Moon, Blue Moon, Lunar...

It's going to be a packed Wednesday night for moon-loving earthlings of every persuasion, including the atheists among us – our silvery satellite will have something for everyone, for the first time since 1866.

Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Attacked for Holocaust Remembrance Day Stand

There was a flood of tweets in response -- many posting their love for the actress, but an equal number filled with hate.

Rabbi Riskin Calls for Public Transportation on Shabbat

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

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.

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