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The Chief Rabbinate’s New Deal

29 Shevat 5774 – January 30, 2014
Everyone who knows Rabbi Weiss can attest that he is a man of honesty and integrity.

Engel Goes to Bat for Rabbi Avi Weiss in Letter to Netanyahu

13 Shevat 5774 – January 13, 2014
The New York congressman who represents Rabbi Avi Weiss expressed his concerns to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Chief Rabbinate’s decision to...

Rabbi Stav: Get ‘Corrupt Politicians’ Out of the Rabbinate

20 Tammuz 5773 – June 28, 2013
The contest for Chief Rabbi gets uglier. Rabbi Metzger is suspected of bribery. No charges have been filed, but candidate Rabbi Stav said there is no room for “corrupt politicians” in the rabbinate.

End of an Era: Ethiopian Aliyah to Stop Next Month

18 Tammuz 5773 – June 26, 2013
Israelis and Jews were excited on a Friday night 22 years ago when Israel announced its secret Operation Solomon brought 13,000 Ethiopians to Israel. The aliyah effort will end on August 28.

Update: Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger under House Arrest

13 Tammuz 5773 – June 21, 2013
Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Metzger is in big trouble. he is under house arrest for five days. He denies any wrongdoing but faces possible charges for bribery, breach of public trust and money laundering.

Rav Ovadia Calls Tzohar Rav Stav ‘Evil’; Tzohar Replies: Repent

8 Tammuz 5773 – June 16, 2013
The campaign for Chief Rabbi has sunk to the depths even politicians have not reached. Rav Ovadia calls Rav Stav of Tzohar “evil” and Tzohar calls on the Torah sage to “repent.” Next up: Tisha B’Av.

Jewish Home MK Orbach Supports Rabbi Stav for Chief Rabbinate

19 Sivan 5773 – May 28, 2013
Jewish Home Minister Uri Orbach announced Monday night on his Facebook page that he supports Rabbi David Stav, who is part of the Tzohar...

Israeli Rabbinate Backs Berlin Rabbi for Oral Suction at Brit

15 Iyyar 5773 – April 24, 2013
The Chief Rabbinate of Israel has sent a letter of support to Berlin Chabad Rabbi Yehudah Teichtal, who was charged by an anti-circumcision activist...

Chief Rabbis Praise Vatican for ‘Banning Terror in God’s Name’

4 Nisan 5773 – March 14, 2013
The Chief Rabbinate of Israel on Thursday reacted to the election of Pope Francis I by highlighting his predecessors' “rich and fruitful dialogue …with...

Encouraging Reforms in the Chief Rabbinate

1 Tevet 5773 – December 14, 2012
Yishai and guests discuss Tzohar's attempts to make changes in the Israeli Chief Rabbinate.

Israel’s Chief Rabbinate Facing Heated Calls For Change On Several Fronts

22 Tammuz 5772 – July 11, 2012
WASHINGTON – The latest battle over religious pluralism in Israel has unleashed a new barrage of criticism and calls for reform aimed at the Orthodox-controlled Israeli Chief Rabbinate.

Israeli Rabbinate Warns against Tu B’Shvat Figs

14 Shevat 5772 – February 7, 2012
The Kashrut Dept. of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate published a warning on the eve of Tu B’Shvat, cautioning against eating some of the holiday’s traditional fruits. Figs are at the top of the list, because of concern regarding insects and worms which "hide inside the fruit’s flesh and are difficult to detect."

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