(RNS) — The couples cannot, or will not, submit to Israel’s ultra-Orthodox rabbinical rules regarding marriage. So they've arranged an American alternative.
HAIFA, Israel (RNS) — Rabbi Dov Hayun's recent arrest is giving Israelis reason to atone for their country’s stranglehold on Jewish religious expression.
(The Conversation) — Israel's increasingly conservative policies on social and religious issues appears to be playing a role.
JERUSALEM (RNS) – Israel’s rabbinical court system no longer recognizes the authority of more than 120 rabbis ordained at a modern-Orthodox rabbinical school in New York, a recently discovered document has revealed.
JERUSALEM (RNS) — The court’s kashrut ruling comes at a time of mounting legal challenges to the ultra-Orthodox religious establishment’s control over everything from Jewish marriage and divorce to who is considered a Jew and who isn’t.
JERUSALEM (RNS) — The rabbinate, which requires all Jews wishing to marry in Israel to provide proof of their Jewishness, has rejected the authority of many North American Orthodox rabbis.
JERUSALEM (AP) — The list includes 160 rabbis from 24 countries and includes a number of prominent Orthodox rabbis in North America.
(RNS) The woman who was identified publicly as “Nicole” underwent an Orthodox conversion by New York Rabbi Haskel Lookstein in May 2015.
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) A group of modern Orthodox rabbis established a more welcoming conversion court to serve the 350,000 non-Jewish Russian immigrants and their descendants who consider themselves Jewish, but are not recognized as such by the Israeli government.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Formerly hotels that included “references to gentile holidays” could lose their kosher food licenses.
JERUSALEM (RNS) The resolution should enable many of the 364,000 Israelis who are not Jewish to find Orthodox rabbis more welcoming than the 33 rabbis picked by the rabbinate to head conversion courts.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Because Jewish law requires witnesses to conversions to be above reproach, some have questioned whether the conversions that accused Rabbi Barry Freundel oversaw were illegitimate.
JERUSALEM (RNS) The sabbatical-year prohibitions include sowing, planting, pruning, reaping, harvesting and improving the land. But many Jews have found loopholes and workarounds.
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Chief Rabbinate, which has sole authority to determine who is and isn’t Jewish in Israel, is refusing to allow an actress to convert to Judaism unless she gives up her acting career.
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