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Agunot Activist Woman Appointed to Panel for Jewish Judges

7 Tishri 5774 – September 10, 2013
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni has appointed the first woman as one of the members of the State Committee for the Appointment of Rabbinical Court...

Violent Guards and Violent Haredi Extremists Duel in Beit Shemesh

6 Tishri 5774 – September 9, 2013
Extremist Haredim were at again in Beit Shemesh, breaking into a construction site that they say contains old Jewish graves. The Haredim found the Arab guards even more violent.

Failing in Order to Succeed

14 Elul 5773 – August 19, 2013
Robert F. Kennedy echoed the optimistic spirit of youth when he said, "Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."

Hebrew Union Pres. Pulls Fast One in Non-Jewish Rabbi Debate

10 Elul 5773 – August 16, 2013
The President of HUC-JIR, sent The Jewish Press an angry letter suggesting there are Orthodox sources supporting patrilineal descent.

Rabbis Urge Netanyahu to Quit Rather than Free Terrorists

6 Elul 5773 – August 11, 2013
Abbas has declared no Jew will be able to live in a PA state. The Rabbinical Congress for Peace says since Abbas obviously is not interested in peace, Netanyahu should quit before freeing terrorists.

Jewish Survival in the Face of Existential Threats: a Focus on Women

3 Elul 5773 – August 9, 2013
When I started to speak and my words drowned in tears, it was she who comforted me.

Want a Tzohar Rabbi for the Wedding? Avoid Petach Tikvah

3 Elul 5773 – August 8, 2013
The Religious Council of Petach Tikvah, located next to Tel Aviv, is generally known to give problems for couple wanting to get married by...

Chief Rabbis & Politics

30 Av 5773 – August 5, 2013
But surely, you will say, Judaism requires one to respect one’s religious leaders. In theory this is so.

R. Lau to Submit Conversion Rulings to Haredi Review in Backroom Deal

Rabbi David Lau committed to consulting with "giur breaker" Rabbi Sherman before any consultation on conversions.

Rabbinical Group Aims to Standardize Circumcision in Europe

17 Av 5773 – July 24, 2013
A European rabbinical group has created a union to include every mohel - ritual circumciser - in an effort to standardize ritual circumcision and...

Rabbinical Council of America Issues Guidelines on Sexual Abuse

9 Av 5773 – July 15, 2013
Orthodox Jewish institutions have been stunned by charges and evidence of sexual abuse, particular concerning children. The organization of Orthodox rabbis – RCA – has issued guidelines to prevent abuse.

Freedom of Religion on Temple Mount – Except for Jews (Video)

7 Av 5773 – July 14, 2013
Jerusalem police allow Arabs to keep Jews from entering the Temple Mount, just like they used to allow Haredim to keep women away from the Kotel – until it was not politically correct.

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.

Haredim Lose Out to Women’s Place on Panel that Elects Rabbis

3 Tammuz 5773 – June 11, 2013
The Knesset passed into law on Tuesday a requirement that at least four women be included on the committee that elects rabbinical court rabbis....

Geller Raps Toronto Rabbis for ‘Loshon HaRa’

7 Sivan 5773 – May 16, 2013
Pamela Geller, a controversial critic of radical Islam, has accused the Toronto Board of Rabbis for “loshon hara” in response to the clerics charging...

Biden Wants Rabbis, Pastors and Nuns to Back ‘Moral’ Gun Control

27 Iyyar 5773 – May 7, 2013
Vice President Joe Biden met with Jewish, Muslim Christians, Sikh and other religious leaders Monday to encourage them to back gun control as matter...

Can Kosher Sausages Be Kosher If They Are ‘Pork-Flavored?

14 Iyyar 5773 – April 23, 2013
It looks like it’s kosher, and the certification says it’s kosher, but it smells and tastes “treif.” Kosher foods that taste like non-kosher food are widely accepted in the US, but not in Manchester, England.

European Rabbis to Grant Merkel Top Honor

6 Iyyar 5773 – April 16, 2013
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will receive a top award from Europe's mainstream Orthodox rabbinic body, the Conference of European Rabbis. It announced Monday that Merkel...

US Jewish Women’s Council Wants Israel to Certify Civil Marriages

29 Nisan 5773 – April 8, 2013
Do Israeli orthodox rabbis have a “monopoly?” Should Diaspora Jews try to pull Israel’s domestic strings? The National Council of Jewish Women seems to say “yes” to both questions.

How to Lessen the Hatred

28 Nisan 5773 – April 7, 2013
As long as rabbinic leaders live in the past and insist on calling the idea of ‘sharing the burden’ a 'shas haShmad,' antagonism toward Haredim will not change.

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