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Erdogan, Pope Francis, Find ‘Common Ground’ on Jerusalem

They both can't stand the fact that Israel still insists Jerusalem is its capital, and now a US president is backing them up.
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King Abdullah II: Washington Does Not Understand Islam

King Abdullah was responding to repeated references by President Trump describing Islam and the United States as being at odds with each other. Trump said on the campaign trail that Muslims hate the US.

German Court Bans Muezzin Loudspeakers

No one should be coerced into any particular faith, the plaintiffs' attorney argued, suggesting the muezzin call is asserting an Islamic exclusive representation at the expense of other religions.

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.

‘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."

Jerusalem Church of the Sepulcher to Refuse Pence’s Entry

"This is an expression of my condemnation of President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," the official wrote.

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.

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.

Nahal Haredi Paratroopers Prepare for First Landing

Rabbis say haredi paratroopers integrate grueling training sessions with uncompromising adherence to a haredi lifestyle.

Diverse Hebrew Language Public School Students from US Thrilled with First Israel Visit

'From going to the bullet factory to seeing religious sites it has been truly amazing and I am so grateful.'

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.

Knesset Gives Preliminary Approval to Turning to Halacha in Absence of Clear Laws

The notion presented by the authors of the bill that Jewish halacha is a well-defined body of law, a streamlined set of answers to judicial questions, if you will, is absurd.

For Reform the B in BDS Spells Bibi

The Reform movement will not meet Netanyahu before he gives back their share of the Western Wall.

Israeli Hospital Training Spiritual Escorts for Patients

"The studies are not frontal in the sense of lectures, but include a lot of self-observation, and assimilation of materials in a practical and experiential way."

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.

Watch: British Neo-Nazi Comes Out as Gay, Jewish

What turned him around, he confessed, was the way his own extremist brothers (and sisters) were treating him for being gay.

Israelis Protest 11 PM Muezzin Calls with Shofars and Whistles

Eventually, local Arabs lacking in awareness of geese and ganders came out and threw stones at the demonstrators.

Hebron 14-Year-Old Girl Escapes from Father Who Sold Her to Israeli Bedouin

"She's a brave girl," a relative said. "She's been through many things in life and seen more than she should have seen. It's time for her to have an easy life."

OU Slams Mayor de Blasio for Traif Only Free School Lunch Plan

The OU is planning an ad campaign condemning the mayor's failure to meet the nutritional needs of city children.

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.

Chabad Rabbi on Trial for Incitement: Soldiers Are Forbidden to Evacuate Settlements

Rabbi Wolpo said in his testimony that according to Jewish law the evacuation of settlements in the Land of Israel is a worse sin than eating pork on Yom Kippur, since it endangers the lives of millions of Jews.

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.

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