Over 1,000 Orthodox Scholars Urge the Council to be Held in June 2016

By Religion News LLC — June 13, 2016

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.

Easter fire destroys New York Serbian Orthodox cathedral

By Lauren Markoe — May 2, 2016

(RNS) A New York landmark is gutted.

Israeli lawmakers vow to annul court ruling recognizing all Orthodox conversions

By Michele Chabin — 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.

Israel’s Supreme Court: Public ritual baths must accept non-Orthodox, too

By Michele Chabin — February 14, 2016

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

Russian pressure forces historic Orthodox summit to meet in Crete

By Tom Heneghan — January 25, 2016

PARIS (RNS) Russian leaders pressured the church to change the venue after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet that strayed into its airspace.

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

By Michele Chabin — 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.

Howard Divinity School returns sacred Ethiopian manuscript to Orthodox monastery

By Adelle M. Banks — January 20, 2016

(RNS) The 15th-century manuscript is sacred to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

Last-minute politics overshadow historic pan-Orthodox council

By Tom Heneghan — December 18, 2015

(RNS) The Orthodox churches were supposed to be only months away from their first major council since the year 787.

Orthodox rabbis’ statement calls Christianity part of God’s plan

By Lauren Markoe — December 8, 2015

(RNS) Most Orthodox rabbis won’t sign on, but it’s notable that even some Orthodox rabbis want to place Christianity in a Jewish theological perspective.

Orthodox Rabbinic Statement on Christianity

By Religion News LLC — December 7, 2015

For the first time since the Second Vatican Council changed Christian teachings toward Judaism and the Jewish people 50 years ago, a group of Orthodox rabbis have issued a public statement advocating partnership with Christians and appreciating the religious value of Christianity. Published on the website of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC) […]

Modern Orthodox Judaism says ‘no’ to women rabbis

By Kimberly Winston — November 2, 2015

(RNS) The Rabbinical Council of America officially prohibited the ordination of women in what it described as a direct vote of its membership.

Ken as crucified Jesus, Barbie as Virgin Mary? Unorthodox art

By Kamilia Lahrichi — October 26, 2015

BUENOS AIRES — An art exhibit featuring 33 Barbie and Ken dolls as religious figures — including a crucified Jesus Christ — is sparking controversy in this Argentine capital and worldwide a year after the same event was canceled over death and other threats.

Orthodox and secular Jews fight over shaping Jerusalem’s character

By Michele Chabin — September 13, 2015

JERUSALEM – Haredi Jews, who hold more than a third of the city council seats and wield strong political clout in its coalition government, say being open on the Sabbath destroys the sanctity of the day of rest.

Orthodox Jewish enclave faces growth, conflict

By Shannon Mullen — August 12, 2015

LAKEWOOD, N.J. — For some longtime residents, the message, intentional or not, is plain: This is an Orthodox area now.

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