Jerusalem – High Court Strikes Blow To Chief Rabbinate’s Kashrut-licensing Monopoly

Jerusalem – The High Court of Justice struck a significant blow to the Chief Rabbinate’s monopoly on kashrut licensing Tuesday, ruling that restaurants and other food businesses can describe the kashrut standards they maintain as long as they make clear that they do not have a kashrut license. Read more

Rabbinical Conference Raises Awareness of Suicide

In an effort to raise awareness of suicide in Israeli society and help towards prevention, more than 100 rabbis were given professional instruction at a conference of the Barkai association of communal rabbis on Tuesday. Read more

4 Arrested In Arad Clashes Between Ultra-Orthodox, Secular Residents

Four Israelis were arrested in the southern city of Arad on Saturday night after violent clashes broke out between the city’s secular and ultra-Orthodox residents. Read more

More Business Go Kosher For Financial Reasons

It certainly didn’t take very long. Mere months after its whirlwind introduction to our lives, the phrase “religionization” has undergone the same transformation “fake news” has—it was completely and forcibly stripped of its meaning. Read more

Ultra-Orthodox Community, Abused Women are Finding A Way Out

Two days after giving birth, Reut carefully swaddled her fifth child and took a taxi from the hospital to a shelter for victims of domestic abuse. Read more

Mass Brawl In Ponovezh Yeshiva

A long-standing quarrel in Bnei Brak’s flagship Lithuanian-haredi Ponevezh Yeshiva exploded Saturday night, as a mass brawl erupted between rival factions in the dining room. Read more

Rabbi Shlomo Amar: Reform Jews ‘Worse Than Holocaust Deniers’

Jerusalem’s chief rabbi on Tuesday lashed out at Reform Jews, saying they were worse than Holocaust deniers for defying Orthodox Jewish law on gender separation and insisting on the right to mixed-gender prayer at the Western Wall in the city. Read more

Bratslav To Keep Perimeter of Rabbi Nachman Gravesite Women-Free

Ahead of the Jewish new year, when thousands of Jews will converge on the Ukrainian city of Uman, the final resting place of the Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, followers of the revered 18th-century luminary issued an “urgent” decree Wednesday banning women from the area surrounding his gravesite. Read more

Borough Park Congregation Divided Over Synagogue’s Future

A religious family feud is brewing in Brooklyn, where some say the best way to save a congregation is to tear down its historic synagogue. Read more