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  • Religious redemption of the LGBT Community

    3 days ago

    When I was in Rabbinical School in New York the early 2000s, I came across a group of women who identified as both Orthodox and Lesbian. They welcomed me into their fold.

    Over the years, as I got to know members of this group, I realized the religious pain and shame that each had...

  • Rabbinical bias against Ethiopians to be punished, religion minister says

    May 22, 2015 | 9:56 am

    Israel’s newly-appointed religious services minister said he would void the marriage authority of municipal rabbinates if they are found to be discriminating against Ethiopian Jews.

    David Azoulay of the Orthodox Shas party spoke Thursday with Army Radio, following the station’s...

  • Chief rabbi: Rabbinate should be consulted on Knesset bills

    May 20, 2015 | 11:19 am

    The Israeli government should consult with the Chief Rabbinate on every proposed bill, the Ashkenazi chief rabbi said.

    “I call on the justice minister to establish that for every bill that the government submits, just as it seeks the professional opinion of relevant ministries on...

  • Conversion Complications - why is it so hard to convert to Judaism?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 13, 2015 | 8:31 am

    When Jenny Magril’s family made Aliyah from Belarus, she did not feel any different from the rest of the kids in her class. She celebrated the same holidays, spoke the same language and felt just as Jewish as the rest of them. Only according to the Jewish Law she was considered a...

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  • Is she Jewish? Rabbinate says yes, Israel says no

    November 5, 2014 | 10:31 am

    In 2012, Anna Varsanyi was married in an Orthodox Jewish ceremony conducted through Israel’s Chief Rabbinate.

    Two years later, the Hungarian immigrant has made a life in Israel, settling with her husband in the central city of Modiin and working a desk job in a hospital. She is...

  • Israel moves to ease path to conversion for those not considered Jewish

    November 3, 2014 | 2:34 pm

    The Israeli government has adopted a major reform expected to ease the path to conversion for hundreds of thousands of Israelis now prohibited from marrying in the Jewish state.

    In the most significant response in decades to the estimated 400,000 Israelis who are not considered...

  • A pioneer of the Israeli rabbinate

    July 19, 2012 | 1:36 pm

    Tucked away at the end of a small road on Kibbutz Gezer in Israel’s dusty midlands, Rabbi Miri Gold’s kitchen smells like a bakery. On the coffee table is a plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies. As she dons her mittens to pull two enormous quiches off the rack, Gold explains...

  • Masorti join fight for religious pluralism in Israel

    July 9, 2008 | 11:50 pm

    June 2008 witnessed two developments in the Masorti/Conservative community in Israel that have significant implications for the drive for religious pluralism in the Jewish state, an issue that is high on the agenda of Zionist Jews around the world.

    They relate to two controversies...

  • Rabbinical School Dropout

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Women who join the rabbinate may be venerated as spiritual and feminist icons, but what about a woman who tries out being a rabbi and can't handle it? That's one of many questions Amy Sohn's novel, "My Old Man" (Simon & Schuster, $23) explores. In her novel, Sohn, who began her...

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