Chief Rabbinate of Israel

Chipping Away At Chief Rabbinate In The Courts

Progress cited on religious pluralism in Israel, but will non-Orthodox gains stick?

04/06/2016 - 08:56
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — While no one would call Israel a religiously pluralistic country, with its Orthodox control of the Chief Rabbinate, momentum in that direction seems to be building.  

Greater access to worship space at the Western Wall. Getty IMages

Private Conversions Causing Stir

New effort seen as rebuke to Chief Rabbinate.

08/18/2015 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Growing up in Belarus, Natya was considered Jewish because of her Jewish father — the son of Holocaust survivors.

Rabbi Nahum Rabinovitch, center in suit, during a session of the new conversion court. Courtesy of Itim

Efrat’s Riskin: Chief Rabbinate Should Have More Inclusive Outlook

07/06/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Rabbi Shlomo Riskin called on Israel’s Chief Rabbinate to dedicate itself to a more inclusive outlook on Israeli society.

16 West Bank Youths Questioned, Released In Connection With Suspected Church Arson

06/17/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Sixteen youths were detained by police for questioning over a suspected arson attack on a historic church in northern Israel.

Riskin Standing Firm In Row With Chief Rabbinate

Authority over conversions is source of tension.

05/25/2015 - 20:00

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin said that, should Israel’s Chief Rabbinate attempt to dismiss him as chief rabbi of Efrat, ostensibly because of disagreements over who has authority over Israeli conversions, he would not accept the decision.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin at a recent brit milah ceremony. Via JTA

Ronnie Fein Reviews: Queen Of Tuna-brand Tuna Fish Sauce

12/08/2013 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Your kosher Grandma probably never heard of nam pla or nuoc nam, the pungent tasting fish sauce used ubiquitously in Thai and Vietnamese cooking. In fact, if she took one whiff of the sauce’s fishy odor, she might have thrown it away on the assumption it was spoiled.

Click the link at the bottom of the article for this recipe, made of course with fish sauce. Ronnie Fein
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