Over 1,000 Orthodox Scholars Urge the Council to be Held in June 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
(RNS) A New York landmark is gutted.
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.
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.
Russian pressure forces historic Orthodox summit to meet in Crete
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
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
(RNS) The 15th-century manuscript is sacred to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
Last-minute politics overshadow historic pan-Orthodox council
(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
(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
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
(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
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
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
LAKEWOOD, N.J. — For some longtime residents, the message, intentional or not, is plain: This is an Orthodox area now.