(RNS) Israel's two chief rabbis are promising new guidelines that will make it possible to determine whether a conversion performed outside of Israel would be valid in their eyes.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A growing multifaith movement of people has been drawn to the art and the spirituality of iconography. They are taking short-term classes with experts, who often travel from abroad to teach U.S. students.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Rachel Azaria has been described as the only member of Israel’s 66-member coalition government willing to challenge the ultra-Orthodox monopoly on family rights and religion-and-state issues.
PARIS (Reuters) The Holy Trinity Cathedral is Russia's biggest and most visible landmark in the French capital since Tsar Alexander III offered Paris a bridge named after him in the late 19th century.
(RNS) Only 15 of the 2,400 respondents said they joined ranks and identify as Chabad. About 88 percent of those who visited Chabad at least once do not identify as Orthodox.
(RNS) The Russian synod also said the summit in Crete could not be called “pan-Orthodox” because four of the 14 independent Orthodox member churches did not attend.
(RNS) There was no shortage of controversy leading up to the Pan-Orthodox Council. In the end, cooler and more charitable heads prevailed.
(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.
(RNS) The Russian Orthodox Church cast a pall over the planned June 20-26 meeting on the Greek island of Crete by calling for the session to be postponed.
In a few short days, the Holy and Great Council is scheduled to take place. Among announcements that some Primates are not planning to attend, an open letter signed by over 1,000 Orthodox Scholars around the World was sent to all 14 Autocephalous Primates urging and praying for unity, as Christ has instructed His Apostles.
(RNS) A New York landmark is gutted.
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.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Until now, the Orthodox officials who administer all government-funded mikvahs have barred non-Orthodox converts.
PARIS (RNS) Russian leaders pressured the church to change the venue after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet that strayed into its airspace.
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.