Rabbis

Agunah freed in radical court ruling

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 2, 2014

A daring ruling by the Safed Rabbinical Court in northern Israel last month ended a seven-year ordeal for a 34 year-old woman who had been considered an agunah (chained woman) since her husband was badly injured in a motorcycle accident.

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Rabbis call for action on hunger

By Daniel Easterman, April 17, 2014

A cross-communal group of 30 rabbis is calling on political leaders to take urgent measures to help people who cannot afford to feed themselves.

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Israeli rabbi drowns in London mikveh after suffering a heart attack

By Simon Rocker, February 27, 2014

No inquest will be held into the death of an Israeli rabbi who collapsed in a mikveh before Shabbat last Friday.

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Chief Rabbi’s first official Israel visit

By Simon Rocker, February 20, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is to lead a rabbinical mission to Israel in May in order to put education about Israel “firmly back in the pulpit”.

The expected participation of 50 Orthodox rabbis would make it the largest mission of its kind mounted by a chief rabbi, his office believed.

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'Jews brought Holocaust on themselves' rabbi visits UK

By Simon Rocker, February 6, 2014

A controversial preacher who believes that Down’s Syndrome and autism are the consequences of sins committed in a previous life made his first speaking tour of Britain this week, despite protests about his visit.

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Rabbi wades into Brighton HMD row

By Sandy Rashty, February 6, 2014

The decision to bar a Reform rabbi from a Holocaust Memorial Day service has been criticised by a senior Orthodox minister and the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women .

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Ambassador to mark anniversary of scroll rescue

By Jenni Frazer, February 6, 2014

The Czech ambassador to the UK Michael Zantovsky will join senior rabbis from the Reform and Masorti movements at a ceremony this weekend commemorating the 50th anniversary of the arrival of hundreds of Holocaust-era Czech Sifrei Torah to Britain.

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Need marketing help? Ask the rabbi

By Sandy Rashty, January 31, 2014

He is a self-professed yeshiva boy “born and bred” — hailing from a rabbinic dynasty that goes back 12 generations.

People flock to Rabbi Issamar Ginzberg, who lives in Jerusalem, for advice — but it’s not explanations of the Torah that they seek.

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Brondesbury getting bookish for rabbi's 10th

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2014

Every youngster in the Brondesbury Park Synagogue community will receive a Jewish or Israel themed book each year as part of an initiative celebrating the 10th anniversary of Rabbi Baruch Levin’s leadership.

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Successor to Mirvis at Kinloss

By Simon Rocker, January 27, 2014

Finchley Synagogue congregants have overwhelmingly endorsed the appointment of Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence — currently with the Sydney Great Synagogue — as the successor to Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis as its senior minister.

Rabbi Lawrence, his wife Mandy and two of their four children had spent Shabbat with the Finchley community prior to the vote.

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