Search results for tag " Chief Rabbi"

  • Chief Rabbi Yosef: Science, math are nonsense
    Written by on 01/07/2021
    Every week we receive reminders that the Chief Rabbinate's institution poses a danger to the State of Israel. This time it is the Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef, the son of the late Chief Rabbi and Shas leader, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.

  • Israelis turn away from marrying in the Rabbinate
    Written by Uri Regev on 13/08/2020
    Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) recent release shows that while the Jewish population in Israel grows, the number of couples that marry under the auspices of the Chief Rabbinate is significantly and consistently dropping!

  • What they do not see: Rabbinate and marriages in Israel
    Written by Uri Regev on 18/01/2019
    The Religious Services Ministry refuses to acknowledge the fact that growing circles reject the Rabbinate and prefer alternative marriages.

  • Israel’s Chief Rabbinate is a threat to Jewish unity and democracy
    Written by Uri Regev on 28/03/2018
    Last week, Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi, Yitzhak Yosef, explained a point of ritual by likening a black child born to white parents to a “monkey.” Immediately following the publication of his racist remarks, a storm erupted. It was widely broadcast, including by JTA, Newsweek and the Palestinian media.

  • Chief rabbi calls black people ‘monkeys’
    Written by Uri Regev on 21/03/2018
    Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef uses pejorative term 'kushi' for African Americans in weekly sermon

  • Chief Rabbinate refuses to recognize Orthodox marriage
    Written by on 19/03/2018
    Noam Oren and his wife married in a religious ceremony, but authorities refuse to recognize it due to their insistence on protecting each other from potential divorce refusal.

  • Tzohar enters the kashrut certification market
    Written by Uri Regev on 01/03/2018
    An important chapter in the ongoing saga of religion and state has been written in Israel this week. In a widely covered press conference, the Zionist Orthodox Tzohar rabbinic organization announced that it is launching a kosher supervising entity that will compete with the Chief Rabbinate and offer the Israeli food industry an alternative supervision more convenient than that of the state.

  • Another nail in the Chief Rabbinate's coffin
    Written by Uri Regev on 26/02/2018
    Hiddush welcomes the announcement that Tzohar rabbis will be entering the kashrut certification market with its own private certification in direct competition with the Chief Rabbinate's state empowered monopoly. This religiously coercive monopoly is unparalleled in the democratic world.

  • Chief Rabbinate once again seeks out Non-kosher Jews
    Written by on 25/02/2018
    Rabbi Uri Regev was interviewed by the Israeli Russian language news portal “Detaly” on the matter of the Chief Rabbinate’s recently uncovered initiative to enshrine in law its right to compile a list of persons whose Jewish statuses are doubtful by its standards.

  • Chief Rabbi Yosef rails against civil courts system
    Written by on 05/02/2018
    Chief Rabbi Yosef says civilian courts are 'worse than gentiles' instances,' litigating before them is akin to 'kicking the Torah' and former chief justice Aharon Barak, who criticized a bill seeking to endow rabbinical courts with powers of arbitration in financial disputes, was a mere 'broken shard' to be cast away.

  • Israeli couples are voting with their feet!
    Written by Uri Regev on 30/01/2018
    The Ministry of Religious Services has now reported a 4% drop in the number of couples marrying via the Rabbinate from 2016 to 2017. (The decline is really greater, because they ignore the increase in the Jewish population). In Tel Aviv the decline is greater than 15%!!

  • Corruption in the name of God
    Written by Uri Regev on 17/11/2017
    In the last couple days, a new chapter was added to the never ending saga of Israeli religious leaders who view the law as merely a suggestion. Whether for personal benefit or political opportunism, they do not hesitate to deviate from law and common norms.

  • Comprehensive interview with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin in Israeli media
    Written by Uri Regev on 29/08/2017
    A recent detailed interview with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin appeared in the original Hebrew in Makor Rishon, with select paragraphs translated into English below.

  • The Chief Rabbinate's recently divulged "blacklist"
    Written by on 13/07/2017
    If the Israeli government's recent suspension of the Kotel compromise and push for a restrictive conversion bill were not enough, Israel and the Jewish world woke up this week to yet a newly leaked "blacklist" created by Israel's Chief Rabbinate.

  • 75% Israelis support coed service in the IDF
    Written by on 30/05/2017
    According to a Hiddush survey, the overwhelming majority of the Israeli Jewish public supports coed military service, including most of the voters for the Government Coalition parties.


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