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Is It Time to Stop Fasting on the 17th of Tamuz?

It appears that in order to revoke an ancient law such as the fast of Tamuz 17, there really has to be a major consensus among all of us that the time of joy and gladness is here again.

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.

Ramadan Scorecard: Muslim Terrorists Kill Hundreds During Holiest Month in Islam

Included in the statistical report was violence by the Taliban, who carried out more attacks than any other terror group during the Islamic holy month.

Egypt Warily Observing Muslim Brotherhood Exploits in Jordan

“True, the Brotherhood is politically over in Egypt but there is belief that the group is still present and waiting for a suitable moment to come back to the political stage.”

Watch: Fatah Official Jibril Rajoub Expelled from Temple Mount by Radical Islamists

Arab media reported that Israeli police officers intervened to prevent a confrontation between Rajoub and the Murabiton.

WATCH: Ramadan in Gaza, Month of ‘Mercy,’ Delicious Foods

"Ramadan is the month of forgiveness, the month of mercy," the narrator is told by those he interviews. "During Ramadan the environment is very nice here in Gaza."

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.

Brandeis Center Warns of ‘Significant and Pervasive’ Religious Bullying in US Schools

Over half of Sikh children in the US said they were bullied in school, and over two-thirds, or 67% report being bullied if they were wearing a turban.

Iran Specialist Says Israel May Be Forced to Re-Conquer Lebanon

Dr. Eldad Pardo: Israel could be left with “no choice” but to recapture parts of Lebanon, should hostilities with Hezbollah reignite.

Gazans Barred from Entering Jerusalem This Ramadan

The decision was made following a “situational assessment,” the IDF said.

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.

Jerusalem ‘Holy Fire’ Lands Safely in Moscow

The story behind the "Holy Fire" is a particularly interesting mix of the story of Hanukkah (oil running out) and the story of Elijah's confrontation with the Ba'al prophets (kings I 18:33-38).

Young Muslim Teen from Umm el-Fahm Achieves His Dream, Joins IDF

"I have really bonded with the other members of the battalion, and they’re my family now.”

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.

Warning: Cult Launches Countrywide Campaign

The missionary campaign is ongoing and is expected to continue through the end of the coming week.

Israel Begins to Clear the Qasr al Yahud Baptism Site of Deadly Remnants of...

Both private church compounds and open areas will be swept and cleaned, a process that should take about a year to complete.

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.

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