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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."

Tuesday the Rabbi Was Kicked Out for Performing Intermarriages

At the same time, there is a creeping acceptance of intermarriages within the Conservative movement.

Orthodox Rabbi Teaching Halakha Beyond the Shulkhan Arukh, Judaism Beyond the Commandments

"I'm sure that if Maimonides, or Rabbi Yosef Karo lived today, they would say: We never wrote our codifications for a time when the State of Israel would be established."

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.

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.

Hollywood Star Zooey Deschanel Converted to ‘Judaism’

Her husband is Jewish and she converted before they were married in June, while she was pregnant.

Rabbi Permits Carrying Cell Phone on Shabbat because of Wave of Terror

The wave of terror also has made self-defense courses and pepper spray the new fad.

Union to Enforce 4th Commandment and Strike the Airport on Shabbat

Update: The union has called off the strike after reaching an agreement with the Airport Authority.

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.”

Pope Says Catholics should not ‘Breed like Rabbits’

The Bible's first mitzvah: "And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth..."

Technion Robot Lights Hanukkah Candles – but What about the Blessings? [video]

It’s cute, inventive and raises an interesting question n Jewish law on appointing a representative to perform a mitzvah.

Uproar over Jewish Candidate’s Refusal to Shake Hands with Women

When a Muslim won’t look at a woman, it is called respect. When a Jew won’t shake her hand, it is called sexism.

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...

False Advertising, Jewish Morality and the Tobacco Industry

Big tobacco promotes one of the most addictive and life-threatening substances known to humanity.

Honoring our Parents: Can We Learn from China?

Many adults can now take up to 12 weeks off from work to care for an ill parent without losing their job, under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993.

Sexual Choices

In Judaism sex is regarded as something wonderful, positive, and a gift of God.

Did She or Didn’t She?

Why should someone who did convert in an Orthodox ceremony be sending out all the signals that they didn't?

Man-Made Meat? A fence for Wisdom is Silence

The proper response for almost the entire population of planet Earth to these eternal questions about man-made meat is “I am not qualified to render an opinion on this matter.”

Is the Lab-Created Burger Kosher?

Preliminary thoughts on the halachic status of lab-created meat: it's kosher--if you started the process kosher. but no final words yet.

Bennett’s Folly: Territory Giveback Referendum Passes First Reading

As far as the half million Israelis living in Judea and Samaria—most of whom are Jewish Home voters—the referendum bill leaves them in the cold.

Rare Discovery of Mikveh in New England Rewrites US Jewish History

The mikveh barely existed in 19th century American, where Jewish immigrants turned against religion. But one has been found in Connecticut, and it is more similar those in Israel than in the US.

Women behind Bars Get Three Days of Jewish Studies

“Some of the women were doctors, and lawyers—educated women with tears running down their faces in gratitude..."

Police Car Damaged, Haredim Arrested over Archeological Dig

The protesters were claiming that there are Jewish burial caves nearby, which may not be disturbed.

Menachem Elon: The Sweet Revolutionary

The late Israeli Supreme Court judge Menachem Elon, was a pioneer of Jewish and Israeli law.

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