The rabbi who wants to change Israeli society - inside and outside

By Tim Marshall, December 1, 2016

For someone who says they're not involved in politics, Rabbi Idit Lev of Israel's Rabbis for Human Rights organisation sparks a lot of political debate.

One view is that she speaks truth to arrogant Israeli power; the other is that she bad mouths Israel to a gullible public abroad.


Israeli rabbis in hot water

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 24, 2016

Two senior Israeli rabbis are at the centre of controversies over their statements on homosexuality and rape.

Former chief rabbi of Israel, Moshe Amar, currently serving as Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, said in an interview last week homosexuals were "a cult of abomination" and, according to the Torah, deserved the death penalty.

His remarks caused a flurry of reactions in Israel and abroad.


Wearing eye-catching clothing is as bad as eating non-kosher food, Charedi rabbi tells women

By Josh Jackman, September 22, 2016

A strictly Orthodox rabbi has defended an official letter telling women not to wear clothes which are red, bright yellow or fluorescent because “hot colours solicit attention”.

The message, written by Rabbi Eliyahu Falk and approved by the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, was sent to 5,000 homes in the Stamford Hill area of London with the local Heimishe Newsheet.


Hundreds object to UK visit of rabbi who believes autism is a punishment for past sins

By Lianne Kolirin, September 5, 2016

Hundreds of people have signed a petition condemning the visit of a controversial rabbi to Britain.

Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi has said that he believes autism and Down's Syndrome are the consequences of sins committed in a previous life.


'Abuser' rabbi extradited

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2016

Rabbi Eliezer Berland was extradited to Israel - his home country - this week, where he will face charges of sexual assault, following a three-year saga in which he tried to evade justice.

Rabbi Berland, 78, the leader of the "Shuvu Banim" Brelav Chasidic sect, fled Israel in 2013 when police began investigating allegations that he had coerced women into performing sexual acts with him.


Rabbi's home cost sparks £1m legal case

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2016

The S and P Sephardi Community is embroiled in a GPB1 million dispute over the home of its senior rabbi.

The London Sephardi Trust, which has acted on behalf of the community, negotiated a price of nearly £1.75m for the freehold of the house of Senior Rabbi Joseph Dweck, but the freeholders argue they should be paid £2.88m.


On-the-run rabbi faces extradition over sex charges

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 16, 2016

Rabbi Eliezer Berland, leader of one of the largest groups of Breslov Chassidim, is facing extradition from South Africa to Israel following a three-year odyssey in which he has evaded charges of sexual assault.


Rabbi is not a unanimous choice

By Simon Rocker, December 10, 2015

Hendon Adath's newly chosen rabbi is expected to take up his post at the strictly Orthodox community before next Rosh Hashanah.

But in a vote of members, there were 54 against the appointment of Rabbi Shloime Yitzchok Bixenspanner from Canada - with 101 in favour.


Rabbi complains after being told to remove shoes in Heathrow multi-faith prayer room

By Charlotte Oliver, November 11, 2015

A rabbi is demanding a public apology from Heathrow airport after being told to remove his shoes inside its multifaith prayer room.

Rabbi Shmuli Brown, Chabad rabbi of Liverpool Universities, landed at Heathrow after taking an overnight flight from New York. He went to make his morning prayers inside the airport’s multifaith prayer room before catching his connecting flight to Manchester.


Leo Baeck College praises Liberal attitudes to rabbinical life

By Josh Jackman, August 27, 2015

A career in the Progressive rabbinate is increasingly appealing, with "a real increase" in both the number and quality of applicants for the Leo Baeck College training scheme, says its principal, Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris.