Rabbinate acknowledges Avi Weiss' authority; Weiss insists they recognize all American Orthodox rabbis.
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The Chief Rabbinate of Israel will accept letters confirming individuals’ Judaism from Avi Weiss, a New York liberal Orthodox rabbi, but that's not quite enough for Rabbi Weiss and his colleagues, according to a statement.
While the Obama administration has been “a huge friend” to Israel, with “unprecedented cooperation on security and intelligence” issues, “at the end of the day Israel can’t outsource its security,” Naftali Bennett, a key member of the Israeli cabinet, told The Jewish Week in an exclusive interview here this week.
In an attempt to soothe tensions at the Western Wall ahead of the High Holidays over the issue of women’s right to pray there collectively, the Israeli government has built a platform for services outside the main plaza, a move denounced as “exile” by the primary group that has been pushing for change at one of Judaism’s holiest sites.
‘Flipping the switch’ from think tank to liberal arts college, Shalem seeks to emulate U.S. elite academia, infused with Jewish identity.
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Jerusalem — Strolling around the new Shalem College recently, Daniel Gordis explained how the newly accredited, first-of-its kind liberal arts school will be a good fit for the neighborhood of Kiryat Moriah.
“There will be all kinds of cultural events, string quartets and drama to liven up the place,” said the college’s New York-born senior vice president.
The inclusive David Stav, once a long shot for chief rabbi, seeks changes in haredi stronghold.
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A few months ago Rabbi David Stav, the 53-year-old founder and president of Tzohar, a rabbinic organization that strives to make the face of traditional Judaism more appealing to Israelis, was seen as the Don Quixote candidate in the upcoming national Chief Rabbinate election, held once a decade.
As Obama trip nears, experts predict Israel’s government will be ‘more right wing’ than the previous one.
As the new Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took shape this week, one the eve of President Obama’s first visit to Israel, a prominent political science professor voiced concerns that, counter to most expectations, it would shift to the political right.
On my recent trip to France and Israel, I arrived in Jerusalem from Paris on the first day of Rosh Hodesh Adar– a Sunday– and was scheduled to read Torah at our minyan in the hotel on Monday, the second day of Rosh Hodesh. When I made that commitment, I hadn’t taken into account the monthly service of the Women of the Wall, which was to take place that Monday morning as well. Had I been more conscious of it, I might have made it my business to go.
Haredi draft issue figures prominently in new agenda.
More parties are expected to join the third government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in coming days after former opposition leader Tzipi Livni on Tuesday became his first coalition partner.
Surging pro-settler party leader makes even some Religious Zionists very nervous.
Tel Aviv — “Who is more rightist?”
That’s the name of a fictional TV game show portrayed on this week’s installment of the Israeli satire show “Wonderful Country,” and the skit reflects the direction of the political discourse with less than a month remaining before the Jan. 22 parliamentary elections.