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Tzohar’s Founding Rabbi Says ‘Separate Politics From Kashrut’

"There is no other solution to heal this crisis other than privatization of the [kashrut supervision] system."

Israeli Rabbinical Court Revisits Verdict on Conversion

The saga of Israeli validation of conversions performed abroad by Orthodox rabbis continues and moves to the next level.

High Court Sides with Rabbinate, Rejects AG Push for ‘Alternative’ Kosher Certificates

MK Bezalel Smotrich (Habayit Hayehudi) said it was "refreshing to see a conservative approach on the part of the Supreme Court."

Rivlin Embraces Reform and Conservative Jews as Part of ‘One Family’

Rivlin told the New York UJA Federation," We are all one family" and made it a point to refer to a Consrvative leader as a rabbi.

Rabbi Riskin Hopes the Rabbinate Will Climb Down From Their Tree [audio]

Rabbi Riskin believes the Rabbinate must be prepared to accept Halachic decisions that aren't Ultra-Orthodox.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin to ‘Stay On No Matter What’ Says Efrat Mayor

Efrat Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin plans appeal to Supreme Court over fight to stay in his position; city's mayor also vows support.

Report: Rabbinate May Be Plotting to Dump Rabbi Riskin of Efrat

The Chief Rabbinate will invite Rabbi Riskin for a hearing on whether to extend his term, ostensibly because of his age but possibly because of his views on conversion.

Rabbis Allow XMas Trees in Kosher Israeli Hotels

Kashruth certification under Israel's Chief Rabbinate at local hotels is going to look -- and be -- vastly different from now on. Heads up, everyone.

Rabbi Metzger to be Indicted for Bribery

"You shall not pervert justice… and you shall not take a bribe, for bribery blinds the eyes of the wise…" (Deuteronomy, 16:19).

Proposed Conversion Bill, Change in Local Rabbinate Power Nixed by Netanyahu

A bill that would end the control of the Chief Rabbinate over conversions to Judaism in Israel was nixed Monday by PM Netanyahu.

Israeli Chief Rabbinate Working to Lower Kashrut Costs

Israel's Chief Rabbinate says it is working on new ways to lower kashrut costs, especially in the dairy industry.

Chief Rabbinate Tests Female Kashrut Supervisors

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel today (Wednesday) administered the first official certification exam for women who wish to become kashrut supervisors.

Conversion Reform Bill Advances in Knesset

A bill that would allow more rabbis to conduct conversions in Israel advanced in the Knesset. The coalition government-backed bill passed its first reading by...

Police Want Rabbi Metzger on Trial for Bribery Charges

Police from Israel’s Major Crime Unit have recommended that former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger be put on trial for charges of bribery, money...

Knesset Bill to Cut Number of Chief Rabbis by 50%

It's a step in the right direction. Now let's take the next, obvious step and eliminate it altogether.

Chief Rabbinate Backs Down, Accepts Rabbi Avi Weiss

The Israeli Chief Rabbinate has come to its sense before letting the damage get out of control.

Jewish Congressman Concerned over Rabbinate Boycott of Avi Weiss Flock

New York Rep. Eliot L. Engel sent a letter to Benjamin Netanyahu to express his concern over the Israeli Chief Rabbinate’s decision to reject...

Sharansky Supporting Rabbi Avi Weiss vs. Rabbinate, RCA

At last a sane official in this bizarre tale of Haredim vs. Zionists.

Only Bennett Can Solve the Avi Weiss Conundrum – He Caused It

Rabbi Avi Weiss is learning the hard way about playing nice with others.

Proposed Law Aims at Tighter Kosher Food Enforcement

The Knesset will discuss and vote on a  new bill to give official kosher food inspectors powers to make sure that restaurants and other...

Israeli Chief Rabbinate Issues Restrictions on Mikvah Attendants

Israel’s Chief Rabbinate issued restrictions on the extent to which mikvah attendants may question and interact with women visiting the ritual baths. According to a...

Livni, Bennett Back Bill to Pretend Jews Need Only One Chief Rabbi

The idea of “One Rabbi for One People” sounds lovely, but can Jews really get along with each other if they have nothing to argue about?

Committee Sends Conversion Reform Bill to the Knesset

See also: Brave New Nation: 30 New Rabbinical Courts to Process Conversions. A bill that would allow local rabbis to oversee conversions will be...

Bennett and Jewish Home Soar in Polls, Challenge Likud for Lead

Bennett lost the battle for Chief Rabbis but he may have won the war. A Knesset Channel poll shows Jewish Home party as the second largest, only three seats behind the Likud and three ahead of Lapid.

Rabbi Arusi Quits Race for Chief Rabbi One Hour before Balloting

Rabbi Ratzon Arusi withdrew his candidacy for Chief Sephardi Rabbi, one hour before balloting began Wednesday afternoon. His withdrawal leaves three candidates in the...

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