Michele Chabin is an author at Religion News Service.
In Israel, followers of different religions help each other keep the faith
(RNS) Despite the nation’s reputation for interreligious conflict, Jewish, Muslim and Christian co-workers often juggle schedules to make sure all can observe their respective traditions.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews scuffle with worshippers at Western Wall
(RNS) A dozen police officers stood by but did not intervene as the ultra-Orthodox men tried to drown out the Reform and Conservative service.
US Jewish groups warn of ‘rupture’ if Western Wall deal collapses
JERUSALEM (RNS) “There is a deep concern, bordering on disbelief, that this deal may not be implemented,” said Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism.
Israeli lawmakers vow to annul court ruling recognizing all Orthodox conversions
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Israeli court ruling is a crushing defeat for the Orthodox Rabbinate, which until now has enjoyed sole authority over Jewish institutions in Israel.
Job opening: High priests needed for ancient Temple ritual
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Temple Institute is looking for a few good priests to perform animal sacrifices as in the days of yore.
Mosaic restoration depicting Jesus at Calvary an interfaith effort
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Mosaic Center in Jericho tries to bridge cultural gaps between Christians and Muslims.
A Bible you can wear on your heart, sleeve or lapel
JERUSALEM (RNS) The company’s goal is to make the wearable Bible affordable and accessible, if not exactly practical.
Israeli-American woman sues El Al after she was asked to change seats
JERUSALEM (RNS) Renee Rabinowitz, a retired lawyer who escaped the Nazis in her youth, said women should not be put in this position.
Archaeologists dig up fabrics dating back to kings David and Solomon
JERUSALEM (RNS) The fabrics provide “new and important information” about the Edomites, the descendants of Esau who often fought against the ancient Israelites.
Israel’s Supreme Court: Public ritual baths must accept non-Orthodox, too
JERUSALEM (RNS) Until now, the Orthodox officials who administer all government-funded mikvahs have barred non-Orthodox converts.
Breaking a taboo, some ultra-Orthodox Israeli men look for work
BNEI BRAK, Israel (RNS) More than half of ultra-Orthodox families live below the poverty line. A new program helps train men who spent their days studying Torah enter the workforce.
Israel’s ‘Religious Zionists’ grapple with extremists in their midst
ESH KODESH, West Bank (RNS) Are the Jewish youths accused of murdering three Palestinians simply high school dropouts rebelling against authority? Or is the Modern Orthodox settler movement turning to violence?
Novel depicting Jewish-Arab love banned from Israeli schools
JERUSALEM (RNS) A ministry committee recommended that the book not be taught in high schools at a time of heightened Palestinian attacks against Israeli Jews and reprisals by Israeli troops.
Tel Aviv’s bus depot now a hub for Christmas trees and Santa suits
TEL AVIV, Israel (RNS) As the population of Christian foreign workers and asylum seekers has grown in Israel, so, too, has the demand for Christmas-related merchandise.