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Rabbi Arusi Quits Race for Chief Rabbi One Hour before Balloting

18 Av 5773 – July 24, 2013
Rabbi Ratzon Arusi withdrew his candidacy for Chief Sephardi Rabbi, one hour before balloting began Wednesday afternoon. His withdrawal leaves three candidates in the...

Israel to (Possibly) Select New Chief Rabbis Today

Tonight we may no who the two chief rabbis are, and it might very well be the last time there are two instead of one.

All Kinds of Kissing

11 Av 5773 – July 18, 2013
Today: hand kissing, why, when, where, who, and, most important: what the heck? Former minister of Social Affairs and former Minister of Communications Moshe Kachlon...

Rabbi Eliyahu Ignores A-G’s Ruling Him Out as Chief Rabbi

9 Av 5773 – July 16, 2013
Attorney General Weinstein told Tzfat Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu that the courts probably would not allow him to be Chief Sephardi Rabbi have not dissuaded...

Poland’s Chief Rabbi Threatens to Quit over Kosher Slaughter Ban

8 Av 5773 – July 15, 2013
Poland’s chief rabbi said he will resign if a definitive ban on kosher slaughter is imposed in the country. “I cannot imagine serving as chief...

Shas Finally Selects Chief Rabbi Candidate

5 Av 5773 – July 11, 2013
After much jockeying and infighting, it appears that Shas has finally chosen its candidate for Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel. Among the candidates were...

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Recovering from Back Surgery

25 Tammuz 5773 – July 2, 2013
Shas party’s spiritual leader and former Chief Sephardi Rabbi Ovadia Yosef is recovering from major back surgery at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in...

Can This be True?

16 Tammuz 5773 – June 23, 2013
Rabbi Metzger denies everything. I hope that’s true.

Rabbi David Stav: I’m Torn Up by the Divisive Atmosphere

9 Tammuz 5773 – June 17, 2013
"I was thinking of the path of the Torah and the mission of returning to the Chief Rabbinate the path of Rav Abraham Isaac Kook zt'l."

In Defense of Rabbi Druckman

3 Tammuz 5773 – June 10, 2013
Why would you expect the leaders of the Jewish Home to listen to rabbis who didn’t get them elected?

Jewish Home to Support Rav Stav for Chief Rabbi

24 Sivan 5773 – June 2, 2013
The Jewish Home (HaBayit HaYehudi) party will be meeting Sunday afternoon to officially (and finally) announce their support for Rav Stav as Chief Ashkenazi...

Shas Balking on Support for Bennett’s Candidate for Chief Rabbi

13 Iyyar 5773 – April 23, 2013
"Rav Ovadia is willing to lose both chief rabbis" and not collaborate with those who "stuck a knife in our back."

National Religious Rabbis Support Outsider for Chief Rabbi

5 Tevet 5773 – December 17, 2012
The election of the next chief rabbis will take place after the 19th Knesset is convened.

Chief Rabbi: Stop Ingesting Pesticides to Avoid Bugs

23 Heshvan 5773 – November 8, 2012
Some of the supervised, ‘bug-free,’ leafy vegetable growers are using higher levels of pesticides than allowed by Health Ministry standards.

Rabbi Lau: I Didn’t See Such German Sensitivity to Jewish Blood During the Holocaust

6 Elul 5772 – August 23, 2012
Rabbi Meir Lau, Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv and Holocaust Survivor, attacked the Germans today with harsh words. Rabbi Lau said, "We don't need their permission to live as Jews," and added that, "I didn't see such German sensitivity to Jewish blood in the Shoah."

The Last Secular Jew in Israel

2 Tammuz 5772 – June 22, 2012
As the first wave of bombers reached the shores of Tel Aviv, a wall of rain clouds appeared in the sky. Jerusalem vanished in an impenetrable fog. In the lead French bomber, the dials on the instrument panel were spinning wildly in circles. The mysterious fog darkened the cockpit. An unworldly thunder shook the plane like a toy. The terrified pilot tried to swing the giant bomber around, but the steering was jammed.

Chief Rabbi of Paris passed away

24 Heshvan 5772 – November 20, 2011
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Purim In Poland

22 Adar 5769 – March 18, 2009
Purim, one of the most beloved Jewish holidays across the world, is also very popular in Poland. There were Purim celebrations in all the major cities including Warsaw, Krakow, Lodz, Wroclaw and many others. Wherever possible people read the Megillah, gave tzedakah and shared meals.

Restoration Of Poznan Cemetery

6 Tammuz 5768 – July 9, 2008
A few weeks ago I wrote about the ceremony in Poznan, rededicating the Jewish cemetery, in which the famous Rabbi Akiva Eiger is interred.

The Chief Rabbi Encounters Opposition

1 Sivan 5768 – June 4, 2008
In "Failed Experiment: New York's Only Chief Rabbi" (front-page essay, May 30), we described the warm welcome thousands of Jews gave Rabbi Jacob Joseph when he disembarked from his ship in Hoboken, New Jersey on July 7, 1888.

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