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Israeli Religious Court Declares Woman Conceived From Sperm Bank Eligible for Marriage

Since the identity of the father is unknown, it could have imposed severe restrictions on whom the woman would be allowed to marry.

High Court Rules Woman Can Serve as Director-General of State Rabbinic Courts

"It would have been great if this issue had been resolved amicably between the sides rather than by the court."

Religious Courts that Work Together: The Ultimate Statement of Mutual Recognition

"If everyone would ask himself, ‘What does God want from me?’ that would bring us together.”

The Abuse of Halacha: Keeping Halacha Under Control

The book of Bereishit keeps Halacha under control. It restricts and regulates it, and ensures that it will not wreak havoc.

Appointment of IDF Chief Rabbi Delayed by Court

The rabbi's appointment as IDF chief rabbi is being held up by secularists angry at remarks he says they misunderstood.

Rabbi Rachamim Barchiyahu Appointed Israel Police Chaplain

The new Israel Police chaplain heads a yeshiva devoted to finding halachic ways for observant Jews to serve with the force.

Vigilantism And The Halacha

What is the nature of chetzi nezek? Is it compensation or is it a fine?

Justice Minister Wants More Jewish Law on Israel’s Books

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked accused the Israeli courts of ignoring Jewish law and promised to set up a steering committee to promote implementing the principles of Jewish law in the Israeli legal system.

Bennett Tells Chief Rabbi: I Don’t Consult with Rabbis on Matters of Policy

Rabbi David Lau’s cousin, the Jerusalem Ramban Synagogue’s spiritual leader Rabbi Benny Lau criticized the Chief Rabbi’s attack on Bennett.

Pollard Praying for Miracle of Chanukah in Appeal on Parole Conditions

A federal court on Wednesday will hear arguments that the conditions prevent him from working and force him to violate Jewish law.

New Rabbinic Ruling Forbids Correcting Torah Reader’s Mistakes in Synagogue

“The prohibition against shaming a person, which is Torah-level, supersedes the obligation to read the Torah aloud, which is rabbinic.”

Taanit Esther – The Happy Fast

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gq1YZ0FD59k?rel=0&w=475&h=300] Please note: The video is not from this year in terms of the specific days the rabbi mentions, but the rest of the...

The Beis Yaakov Feminist Experience

If feminism is mentioned at all, it is usually to condemn it as an anti Torah ideal.

Why Do We Pray With A Set Text?

An opinion recorded in the Talmud states that prayers correspond to the daily sacrifices offered in the Temple that are mentioned in this week’s...

Extremism in Defense of Tznius

One measure for living a "normal" life is Halacha, and the other is societal standards.

Police Arrest Pregnant Yitzhar Woman for Inciting Against IDF Soldiers

Israel Police arrested an eight-month pregnant woman in Yitzhar before dawn Wednesday on suspicion of incitement.

The New Oracle Of Delphi

Rebbeim are consulted on all of life’s major decisions and a fair number of minor ones.

Fatherless and Leaderless

A tribute to Rav Ovadia Yosef on his Shloshim.

Chief Rabbi Yosef: Don’t Pray on Plane at Expense of Others’ Sleep

Praying in a minyan on an airplane is forbidden if it robs others  passengers of their sleep or interferes with the duties of stewards...

The Internet, Halacha, and Olam HaBah

I happen to know Gedolei Torah and Roshei Yeshiva who use I-phones and the internet. Are they all doomed?

Court Orders Tel Aviv to Enforce Law Banning Business on Shabbat

The Supreme Court has ordered Tel Aviv to enforce the law that prohibits stores from operating on the Sabbath. It overruled a February ruling...

For God’s Sake!?

You don't have to be 'right' – to be correct.

Another Baby (Almost) Bites the Dust

Rabbi Pirutinsky discussed the issue of 'metzizah b'peh' at length, concluding that if medical experts determine that there is a danger to the child, metzizah should be performed by other legitimate methods.

Well Intentioned, but Wrong to Condone Homosexuality

Making gay marriage not just value neutral but something positive. It is in effect koshering a forbidden lifestyle.

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