Michele Chabin

Michele Chabin is an author at Religion News Service.

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In Israel, followers of different religions help each other keep the faith

June 30, 2016

(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

June 16, 2016

(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

June 2, 2016

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

April 1, 2016

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

March 31, 2016

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

March 25, 2016

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

March 3, 2016

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

February 29, 2016

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

February 24, 2016

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

February 14, 2016

JERUSALEM (RNS) Until now, the Orthodox officials who administer all government-funded mikvahs have barred non-Orthodox converts.

Western Wall deal hailed by US Jewish groups

February 1, 2016

JERUSALEM (RNS) Many Jews contested the status quo, in which prayer at the Wall followed only the strictest interpretation of Jewish law.

Breaking a taboo, some ultra-Orthodox Israeli men look for work

January 25, 2016

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

January 19, 2016

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

December 31, 2015

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

December 22, 2015

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.

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