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Knesset Passes Law Granting Rabbinical Courts Jurisdiction over International Get Refusal Cases

MK Michal Rozin (Meretz) commented: “This bill essentially grants the rabbinical court international jurisdiction. This is a new invention – an international court for Jews."

IDF Chef Who Cooked on Shabbat Confined to Base for Two Weeks

The cook lit a fire on Shabbat and cooked a packet of chickpeas for a vegetarian soldier. An officer who noticed this reported the incident to the battalion commander and the cook was court martialed.

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."

Protesters Try, But Fail to Disrupt Chabad Rally in Tel Aviv

Police announced the provocateurs were "violating the public order" and removed those who became inordinately disruptive, yelling inappropriately.

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.

Nissim Committee’s Conversion Recommendations Under Broad Attack at Moment of Publication

"We, the Rabbis of Israel, regard with concern the danger to the unity of the Jewish people as a result of the proposals to reform the conversion process, which include the expropriation of conversion from the Chief Rabbinate."

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 Approves Bill Guaranteeing Secular Employees’ Right to Rest on Shabbat

Institutions and businesses involved in state security, public health, electricity supply and the hospitality industry will be exempted.

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.

Chief Rabbis of Jerusalem Appeal for End to Sabbath Desecration

The rabbis also suggested a public system be installed to broadcast the candle-lighting time for the Sabbath.

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."

Rabbi Riskin Confers Halachic Authority, Communal Leadership on 3 Orthodox Women

The title that was awarded the three women stops short of a rabbinic ordination, recognizing them instead as spiritual leaders and teachers of halacha.

This Year in Jerusalem, Gratitude on Jerusalem Reunification Day

Jerusalem Reunification Day this year marks the start to a momentous, historic week.

Lag B’Omer Celebrations in Full Swing at Tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in...

This holiday is especially cherished in Israel, where thousands of bonfires are lit on the evening of the holiday to commemorate the huge light brought into the world by the mystical teachings of the great sage.

Late Kotel Rabbi Advocated ‘Clandestine’ Takeover of Temple Mount

"There is no disputing the fact that according to Jewish law it is permitted to enter very broad areas on the Temple Mount, even without any preparation," he writes.

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.

Israeli Chief Rabbi, European Jewish Leaders Condemn Call to Remove Kippahs in Germany

Chief Rabbi Lau responded on Tuesday that the best way to battle anti-Semitism is to immigrate to Israel, but that all Jews in Germany and throughout the Diaspora must continue to wear the kippah and other Jewish symbols.

May 14 Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem to Include Mezuzah-Hanging Ceremony

The extraordinary gesture comes at the behest of U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Channel 20 reports.

Samsung’s Newest Phone Unintentionally ‘Kosher’

The Satmar Rebbe made headlines back then when he gave his flock one month to get rid of their smartphones or find a new rebbe.

Last Jew of Peki’in to Light Israel’s 70th Independence Day Torch

Margalit Zinati never married because it would have meant leaving Peki'in, and abandoning the town’s ancient synagogue, which features a limestone column engraved with two Hebrew inscriptions dating to the Roman period.

Opening Ceremony for Holocaust Martyrs’ And Heroes’ Remembrance Day at Yad Vashem (video)

The ceremony featured torch lighting and a traditional memorial service, including the recitation of prayers for the departed.

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.

‘Wendy’s Shabbat’ Picked for Tribeca Film Festival

"This is a story of rediscovering the joys of community again in older age, and in the longing for ritual, however unorthodox it may appear."

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