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Limited priestly blessing takes place during Passover at the Western Wall, Jerusalem, April 12, 2020
Rabbis pray at Western Wall for Trump’s recovery

The prayer asked God to heal the president using the traditional Hebrew formulation “Donald John, son of Fred.”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
06/10/2020
Chief Rabbi David Lau prays at special prayer service during coronavirus outbreak, March 2020
Chief Rabbi: Lockdown can't be enforced only on synagogues

Also on Tuesday, Beit Shemesh Mayor Aliza Bloch stressed that "synagogues are not the enemy of the nation."

22/09/2020
Rabbinate OKs external supervision in kashrut licensing, market opens

Tzohar kashrut division describes development as ‘historic’ and ‘revolutionary’ in allowing independent kashrut supervision authorities to operate legally

Chief Rabbi: COVID-19 patients can't fast on Tisha B'Av, shorten prayer

"To our sorrow, the plague is intensifying and we need heavenly mercy," wrote Lau.

27/07/2020
Chief Rabbi David Lau prays at special prayer service during coronavirus outbreak, March 2020
Rabbi Lau, Rabbi Kanievsky: Avinu Malkeinu prayer should be said daily

"We are going through difficult days, and even doctors aren't finding a cure or medicine and understand that we have nothing to rely on but our Father in Heaven."

23/07/2020
SEPHARDI CHIEF Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef
Chief Sephardi rabbi allows music during 3 weeks for those in quarantine

Jews around the world follow mourning practices in the three weeks before Tisha Be’av, the day on which the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed.

20/07/2020
SEPHARDI CHIEF Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef
Chief rabbi patronizes women studying halacha, says Reform Judaism is fake

Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef casts aspersions on ability of women to learn advanced Jewish law, accuses women seeking state accreditation for Torah studies of ‘imitating Reform Judaism’

America's George Floyd protests - conversations from South Africa - watch

Watch: A conversation between Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa Mogoeng Mogoeng and the Chief Rabbi of South Africa Warren Goldstein.

Iranian Jews
Iran's chief rabbi attacks Zionism in a rare interview

Iran's Chief Rabbi Yehuda Gerami addressed Israel-Iran relations, in light of the US airstrike that killed commander of the Quds Force Qasem Soleimani in January.

SEPHARDI CHIEF Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef
Chief rabbi: Entering hospital on Shabbat OK despite automatic thermometer

Earlier ruling by senior ultra-Orthodox rabbis stated that entry into hospital even with automatic temperature sensors was banned, apart from in life threatening situations.

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