Rabbis

We must stop the rabbinic brain drain

By Dr Ben Elton, October 18, 2012

British Jewry is currently enjoying the race for the chief rabbinate, but it should be more concerned about the foot soldiers of the rabbinate than the field marshal. The mainstream Orthodox community in Britain is haemorrhaging rabbinic talent and unless that trend is stopped, it will sap our religious vitality for decades to come.

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Adelson donates $500,000 to republican candidate Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

By JC Reporter, October 18, 2012

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has handed $500,000 to a superPAC in support of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Rabbi Boteach is the Republican candidate in New Jersey’s 9th Congressional District.

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Israeli rabbi steals torahs from his own synagogue

By Anna Sheinman, October 17, 2012

An Israeli rabbi was convicted of stealing torah scrolls from his own congregation and replacing scrolls with rolls of paper.

Rabbi Yehuda Rosilio, of the Sephardi synagogue in the small Negev town of Moshav Brosh near Be’er Sheva, was found guilty of aggravated theft; fraud; fraud under aggravated circumstances; breach of trust and an affront to religion

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Obama supporter Sarah Silverman's campaign labelled 'sickening ' by rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, October 15, 2012

An American Jewish comedian and outspoken Obama supporter has been attacked by a rabbi for being vulgar and using her Jewish background inappropriately.

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Rabbi’s wife attempts suicide amid bribery investigation

By Sandy Rashty, October 15, 2012

The wife of Israeli kabbalist Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto attempted suicide on Sunday, as her husband was being interrogated by police in Jerusalem.

Rivka Pinto was taken to hospital after she took a prescription drug overdose at her home in Ashdod.

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One day good, two days bad

By Jennifer Lipman, October 12, 2012

Imagine if the day after Halloween, trick-or-treaters decided to return for a second dose of sugary delights and egg-related threats? Or, if after every Valentine's Day, hopeless romantics expected their loved ones to whisper sweet nothings for a further 25 hours. Madness, we'd say. Once is enough.

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Orthodox London rabbi reportedly told to leave town by rabbi

October 12, 2012

An Orthodox rabbi in London has reportedly been told to leave town by another rabbi after allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards a woman.

Rumours of a burgeoning scandal have gathered force over the past few days with a number of calls to the JC from members of the Orthodox community who want to see it investigated by the relevant rabbinic authority.

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UK rabbi backs brit suction

By Simon Rocker, September 6, 2012

The head of London’s strictly Orthodox rabbinate has signed a petition urging defiance of plans by New York city health authorities to regulate a controversial circumcision practice.

Rabbi Ephraim Padwa, leader of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, is one of 200 rabbis who declared it “forbidden” to accept the move by the civil authorities.

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David Wolpe, the Democratic rabbi

By Simon Round, September 6, 2012

The Democrats and Republicans may have widely divergent candidates and policies but they do agree on one thing — it is best to use a rabbi to bless their conventions.

While the Republicans went for modern Orthodox minister Meir Soloveichik, the Democrats chose Rabbi David Wolpe of the Conservative Sinai Temple in Los Angeles to perform the invocation.

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South Africa's travelling rabbi

By Moira Schneider, September 6, 2012

He ministers to Jews in 13 African countries including Madagascar and Mauritius, and has received recognition of the contribution Jews have made to Zimbabwe from President Robert Mugabe.

Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft, known in South Africa as the ‘Travelling Rabbi’, has possibly the most exciting rabbinical role anywhere.

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