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Rwanda Bans Muezzin Loudspeakers

The government issued the new ban as part of its fight against noise pollution in Kigali.

Religious Soldiers Won’t Join Tank Commanders Course over Serving with Women

The soldiers were found to be suitable for the course and have been approached by their commanders to become tank commanders, but gave up the opportunity for fear of degrading their religious standards.

National Religious Rabbis Offer Alternative Kashrut Certifications, Compete with Chief Rabbinate

Tzohar founder Rabbi Feuerstein believes that rather than being a player in the kashrut market, the chief rabbinate should set the standards and regulate the industry, allowing in as many qualified groups as wish to participate.

Church Leaders Shut Holy Sepulcher in Protest of Bill Protecting Jewish Homeowners

The bill explains that there are thousands of families in Jerusalem who stand to lose their homes (and the borrowing power they represent) without government intervention.

Swastikas on Joshua’s Grave in Samaria on Moses’ Yahrzeit

IDF soldiers from the Ephraim Brigade under the command of Major Dado Ha'Cohen secured the service. Joshua Bin Nun came from the tribe of Ephraim.

100 European Jewish Boys & Girls Celebrate Bar, Bat Mitzvahs at Western Wall

The celebrants were accompanied by rabbis from their respective Jewish communities and a native speaker of their language was attached to each group.

Chabad of Reykjavik Newest ‘Frozen Chosen’ Addition

The Feldmans’ arrival in the northern island country will herald a new era for Iceland’s tiny Jewish community, entering a number of firsts in Iceland’s sparse Jewish history.

Work Begins on Egalitarian Plaza at Western Wall

Work is currently being carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority, which has been contracted to establish the foundation for the new plaza.

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.

Jerusalem Municipality to Collect $200 Million from Church Properties

"Let the state will indemnify us and return the money earmarked for the development of the city, or we will collect it as required by law."

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.

Muslim World League Labels Holocaust a ‘Nazi Crime Against Humanity’

“This human tragedy perpetrated by evil Nazism won’t be forgotten by history ... True Islam is against these crimes.”

Israeli Startup Aims to Market Lab-Produced Chicken Within Three Years

SuperMeat meat is produced by growing cells that have been extracted from a ‘real’ chicken and cultivated in the lab.

Israel Prize Awarded to Dead Sea Scroll Expert

Qimron’s works are considered ground-breaking, both in the Hebrew grammar of the scrolls, and in the publication of the three volumes that deal with the ancient texts.

Knesset Committee to Renew Debate Over Muezzin Bill

Local supporters say the measure is necessary because Arab political and religious officials refuse to listen to concerns about being woken up at pre-dawn hours.

Israeli Arab Indicted for ISIS Affiliation, Planning Attacks

All of the people he had approached flat-out refused his invitations to become martyrs and stopped associating with him socially.

Arab Protesters in Bethlehem Condemn Greek Patriarch Who Sold Land to Jews

The church has been accused numerous times over the past two decades of selling its leasing rights over land in Jerusalem to Israeli Jewish investors

MK Glick Pressured to ‘Leave Shiva’ In Order to Vote on Shabbat Bill

MK Glick's spokesperson confirmed the incident did indeed take place. The measure was closely debated, but generally votes are put off when a death has taken place.

Crack in the Iranian Wall? Leading Iranian ‘Hard-Line’ Cleric Supports Protests

“People are demanding their legitimate rights because they suffer from high living costs and the difficulty of living, as well as the spread of unemployment."

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."

Israel Releases Turks Arrested for Attacking Police at Temple Mount

Israel Police said the men tried to reach the Al Aqsa Mosque where they planned on participating in a demonstration.

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