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  • 660,000 Jewish-Israelis can’t legally marry in Israel

    January 11, 2016 | 2:44 pm

    Prohibitions on civil and non-Orthodox weddings in Israel prevent 660,000 Jewish-Israelis — including 364,000 immigrants from the former Soviet Union — from marrying in the Jewish state, according to a nonprofit promoting religious freedom in Israel.

    Hiddush presented the...

  • Should you care if Rabbi Riskin loses his job?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 1, 2015 | 3:57 am

    There is more than one way to look at the battle between Israel’s Chief Rabbinate and Efrat’s rabbi, Shlomo Riskin. The story itself is simple: Riskin is 75 years old. He is also a relatively moderate Orthodox rabbi – that is, if you discount his embarrassing comment comparing...

  • Why Israel is unlikely to change its conversion policies

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 28, 2015 | 4:05 am

    In 2014 I wrote a piece about an interesting poll from which a provocative headline could be drawn: How Many Israelis Would Gladly Intermarry? Quite a Few… It was a survey of Jewish Israelis – 54% of whom opposed intermarriage. But not many Israeli youngsters and seculars opposed...

  • Understanding Shmita, Israel’s agricultural Shabbat

    September 9, 2014 | 3:19 pm

    When Rosh Hashanah comes later this month, Israel’s Jewish farmers won’t just be celebrating the start of a new year. They’ll be marking a year in which they are prohibited from doing their jobs.

    Called Shmita, the Torah-mandated, yearlong farming hiatus is felt across Israel,...

  • In a first, Israeli women take test for kosher supervisor

    May 8, 2014 | 2:32 pm

    Nine women took the Chief Rabbinate’s exam to be kosher inspectors — the first time females were permitted to take the test.

    The women took the exam Wednesday in a separate room from the 200 men taking the test at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem.

    Allowing the...

  • List of acceptable Diaspora rabbis does not exist, Chief Rabbinate says

    November 11, 2013 | 10:18 am

    Israel’s Chief Rabbinate said it does not have a list of Diaspora rabbis whose testimony it accepts on clarifying one’s Jewish or marital status.

    Responding to a request made in September by the Tzohar rabbinical organization to see such a list, a spokesman for the Chief...

  • Disappointing Chief Rabbinate vote has activists eyeing alternatives

    July 29, 2013 | 3:28 pm

    In a city with a seemingly infinite number of kosher restaurants, Jerusalem restaurateurs have a tough time obtaining certification from the country’s Chief Rabbinate.

    Proprietors of the city’s eateries have long complained of exorbitant fines, strict limits on what food they may...

  • Sharansky’s Kotel plan loses support from both sides

    April 30, 2013 | 9:38 am

    Natan Sharansky’s proposal to reduce tensions at the Western Wall has lost support from Orthodox and non-Orthodox leaders.

    After Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, made the plan public a few weeks ago, it received at least tacit approval from a range of...

  • Israel’s Chief Rabbinate facing new wave of criticism and calls for change

    July 9, 2012 | 1:21 pm

    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. Unlike major flare-ups in past decades, however, this time it’s not just the Reform and Conservative...

  • Israel’s Chief Rabbinate agrees to recognize all Orthodox conversions

    May 5, 2011 | 3:26 pm

    Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has agreed to recognize all Jewish conversions undertaken in the country, JTA has learned.

    ITIM, the Jewish Life Information Center, and the Chief Rabbinate have reached an agreement under which the rabbinate will recognize all conversions conferred under...