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Notorious Tel Aviv Strip Club Becomes a Synagogue

The Pussycat closed its doors in July after years of raids by Israel Police.

Rabbinic Court Reevaluates Ketubah: How Much Is 200 Zuzim?

And how much is 6 million 1979 lira in 2019 shekels?

Chief Rabbi Delays Burial of Get Refuser’s Mother, Refuser Caves (Maybe)

Five years ago, the man remarried, leaving his first wife without a Get which keeps her from being remarried in a religious ceremony.

Rivlin Hosts 929 Initiative’s 26th Bible Study Group on ‘David – King and Father’

"Indeed, it is difficult for both of the roles of father and king to coexist. David thus serves both as a role model and a warning sign for us."

Shmuley Boteach to Debate Jew for Yoshka on ‘New Testament’ Anti-Semitism

It's probably safe to say that the August 8 debate will not result in much burning, but the Talmud discourages a voluntary religious debate with gentiles.

Russian Subbotnik Jew Granted Israeli Citizenship

Bocharnikova applied for Israeli citizenship in Moscow, but when Two years later she had not received a reply, she came to Israel anyway.

Israeli Embassy Clumsily Photoshops Ambassador’s Lobster Lunch with Brazilian President

Yes, they ate lobster, which is defined by our tradition as Sheretz, which is unholy and a creeping thing and cockroach of the sea.

City Weighing Ban on Foie Gras 6 Months after OU Ended Certification

We checked the ten top Top foie gras joints in Antwerp, Belgium, and are happy to report none of them is kosher.

Smotrich Scares the Bejeebers Out of Secular and Religious Israelis with Promises of Halachic...

MK Smotrich dropped a brick in the puddle with this one, and the resulting shpritz will prove tough to clean up.

Openly Homosexual Orthodox Jew Ordained in Jerusalem, Hold My Beer

It appears that Rabbi Landes removed himself from the boundaries of Orthodox Judaism with his defiant "ordination."

Netanyahu’s Pre-Indictment Hearing Set for Fast of Gedaliah

The prime minister wanted to postpone the hearing date by a year, to July 10, 2020, citing the enormous volume of evidence material, but Mandelblit responded that there was no justification for such a long delay.

Second-Temple Era Jewish Bones Buried Properly after Desecration by Arabs

"The State of Israel cannot accept this barbarity, and must provide a broad response to this matter."

Lag B’Omer in Meron to be a Scorcher, Officials Warn

A heat wave is expected in the region just as rabbis light the first of 25 hours' worth of bonfires on Mount Meron for Lag B'Omer.

Pesach Sheni – A Second Chance on The Second Passover

In its deeper meaning, the day represents a second chance achieved through the power of teshuva – repentance, or “return.”

Tzohar’s Rabbi Cherlow: Ultimately, Decision on Abortion Is Up to the Parents

"Therefore, in principle, it can be said that if a legislation has been enacted that denies an abortion in any situation, at any stage of gestation, it is not the accepted halachic practice regarding abortion."

New Community Center Opens in ‘Fiddler’s’ Anatevka

The space will serve various community needs and function as a medical rehabilitation center.

Bar-Ilan Debuts Free MOOCs Including Physics in Arabic

Genomics and Biomedical Informatics (GaBI), Physics, and Jewish Art.

7 Torah Scrolls Burned in Tiberias Synagogue Fire

The cause of the Election Day blaze is not yet clear.

Liberal Orthodox Yeshiva Catching Flack for Refusing to Ordain Openly Gay Student

Our halacha is not more concerned with whether or not to ordain an "openly gay" man as rabbi than it is with an "openly thieving" man, or "openly driving on Shabbat" man, or "openly eating pork" man – you get the point.

Recalcitrant Husband ‘Persuaded’ to Give Wife Jewish Divorce in Jerusalem

With the help of the Jerusalem Police Department, the husband was apprehended and placed in detention . . .[then] brought before the rabbinical court.

Skulener Rebbe Rabbi Yisroel Avrohom Portugal, zt’l, Passes Away

The Rebbe, zt'l was known for the thousands of niggunim he composed.

Festive Bar Mitzvah Ceremony for Secular European Children Held at Kotel

The Rabbinical Center of Europe (RCE) hosted 120 boys and girls from across Europe, in Israel, to help them get in touch with their Jewish roots and heritage.

Despite Criticism, Commissioner Hell-Bent on Enforcing ‘Substantially Equivalent’ Curriculum in Yeshivas

The 'Substantially Equivalent' law demands well beyond what any Yeshiva can provide without seriously impairing its ability to provide Torah studies.

Bar-Ilan University Renews Massive Open Online Bible Course

The course was produced as part of an innovative program of the Council for Higher Education (CHE) together with Digital Israel . . . to make Israeli academia accessible to the interested public around the world.

Jerusalem Rabbis Issue Appeal to Public: Avoid the Temple Mount

“There is no permission for foreigners or for Jews to enter there, even if we cannot at present prevent foreigners' entry."

Rabbi Sternbuch: E-Cigarettes Require Kosher Supervision

The ruling is sure to alter the lifestyle of many religious smokers.

Military Rabbi Checking Unit’s Eruv Foiled Terrorist Attack

During his inspection tour, Rabbi Shnerb noticed two suspicious individuals hiding on the slope below the post.

Chabad of South Korea Completing Construction of First-Ever Mikvah

Jewish women seeking ritual pool services have thus far had to travel quite a distance, to China or Japan, to use a mikvah for family purity.

Egged Ordered to Fire Employee for Refusing to Grant Wife a Jewish Divorce

A Jerusalem panel of rabbinical judges headed by Rabbi Uriel Lavi ordered the Egged bus cooperative to fire the husband within 30 days.

Shabbat Across America 2019 to ‘Turn an Ordinary Friday Night into Something Extraordinary’

On Friday night, March 1, 2019, hundreds of synagogues across North America will take part in a a celebration of the thing that unifies...

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