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The kosher conundrum: Who should have oversight?

On the observance of our kashrut laws there should never be a compromise, but who has oversight is up for debate.

Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau.

Chief Rabbi Lau threatens to stop approving conversions if reform passes

Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman threatened to remove the chief rabbi if he stopped approving conversions.

29/12/2021

The rabbinate must be reformed to be more welcoming - editorial

The rabbinate has become a restricted club of only one sector of Israeli society, and attempts to diversify it are met with strong opposition.

Religious Services Minister plans law to exempt rabbis from political comments restrictions

Minister Matan Kahana's comments were criticized since municipal chief rabbis are in effect never subject to disciplinary procedures despite gross violations of the regulations.

Majority of religious-Zionists oppose gov't kashrut reforms - poll

The Knesset committee has begun its deliberations on government kashrut reforms.

This week in Jerusalem: Hands off

A weekly round-up of city affairs.

22/09/2021

Women's ritual baths closed by Jerusalem chief rabbi due to 'promiscuity'

Closing women’s mikvahs due to promiscuity and not men’s was a form of illegal gender-based discrimination and violated laws regarding freedom of religion. 

Municipal chief rabbis serve decades, average pension age

The longest-serving municipal chief rabbi has held his office for the last 64 years.

Time to root out Rabbinate, Hamas racketeering against Israel - opinion

From the Chief Rabbinate to Hamas, and from the Negev to the Temple Mount, it is time to break the syndicates that undermine Israeli sovereignty and governance.

Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau.

Chief Rabbinate declares it will not cooperate with gov’t kashrut reforms

Chief Rabbi Lau said that religiously traditional Israelis and foreign visitors will not be able to understand the differences between competing kashrut authorities.

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