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Survey: 98% of Israeli Jews Circumcise their Sons

Since 2013 there has been a trend of a rise in complaints against Israeli medical doctors who perform circumcisions.

Knesset Passes Shabbat Work Permits Law with Halakhic Stipulations

"These works, carried out in public, severely harm both the Jewish character of the state and the feelings of millions of religious and traditional residents in the State of Israel."

Report: Torah Scrolls Desecrated, Synagogue Robbed in Shiraz, Iran

"It should be noted that this incident is quite unusual in Iran," the sources said.

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."

London Haredi Court Consults Tzomet on Shabbat Digital Water Meters

The Orthodox community in London has been troubled by a city plan to replace the old water meters with digital units which would cause the desecration of Shabbat whenever one turns on a simple faucet.

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."

Worldwide Chanukah Project: Lighting Up Places of Darkness

"Our goal was to motivate WBA members and Jews around the world to utilize their inner light to illuminate any place in the world where they see darkness..."

Knesset to Vote on Bill Requiring Halachic Considerations Before Issuing Shabbat Work Permits

The High Court of Justice previously ruled that the minister may only take technical and economic considerations into account and he is forbidden from making halachic considerations.

Israeli Jewish Mother, 3 Children Die in Brooklyn House Fire

"He's so connected to the community. He is a strong part of the minyan, a very religious, really hard-working guy."

European Jewish Congress ‘Gravely Concerned’ Austrian Govt Includes Far-Right Freedom Party

“The FPÖ has a long history of anti-Semitism and xenophobia and we are concerned about the fact that they will control government ministries in the new Austrian Government.”

European Jewry Cautiously Welcomes Austrian Govt’s Rejection of Anti-Semitism

Nevertheless, “We cannot ignore the fear that in other countries extreme parties will join the government based on the Austrian model,” the rabbi warned.

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.

Third Hanukkah Candle Lit at Western Wall to Honor Holocaust Survivors

Similar candle-lighting events took place on the third night of Hanukkah in Berlin and in New York City, honoring Holocaust survivors.

1,200 Israeli Elderly Receive Visits to Brighten Hanukkah

“Loneliness is one of the hardest challenges for elderly Israelis -- sometimes that struggle outweighs the usual daily battle for financial survival."

‘It Happened Only a Few Meters From Where I Stand,’ US Ambassador to Israel...

"I am very excited to stand here in this sacred place to light the second Hanukkah candle in the holy city of Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel."

Fearing Lawsuit, NJ Town Voting to Permit Eruv, Orthodox Jews

The Agudah lawsuit claims that the purpose of each of Jackson's ordinances in the case was "to target the Orthodox Jewish community."

Northeastern India’s ‘Lost Jewish Tribe’ Lights First Candle of Hanukkah

A DNA testing done in 2003 and 2004 of several hundred men of this group showed no evidence of Middle Eastern ancestry.

Sotheby’s to Auction 14th Century Magnificent Illuminated Hebrew Bible

A manuscript project of this scope and quality represents the collective efforts of a consortium of craftsmen, artists, and scribes for a whole year.

Temple Mount Expert Cited as Supporting Jewish Visits Threatening to Sue Rabbis

"in the introduction, I wrote explicitly that my opinion is the same as the opinion of all the sages of Israel who forbade entering the Temple Mount."

Israeli Rabbinical Court Approved Marriage of Cohen and Convert

Jewish law forbids a Cohen to marry a divorced woman or a convert.

Knesset to Empower Labor Minister to Consider Jewish Law in Permitting Shabbat Works

"These works are carried out in the open and cause severe harm to the Jewish character of the State and severely hurt the feelings of millions of religious and traditional citizens in the State of Israel."

German Jewish Leader Warns Anti-Semitism is ‘Very Big Problem’

"Experience has shown that openly wearing a kippa or a necklace with the Star of David is enough to attract verbal or physical threats."

US Embassy Still Moving to Jerusalem, Pence Promises at Partition Vote Re-enactment

"President Donald Trump is actively considering when and how to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. "

Israel Celebrates Partition Re-enactment of Nov. 29 Partition Vote in Queens

The original League of Nations was located where the Queens Museum stands today. That's where the vote took place, granting rebirth to the Jewish State of 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.

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