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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Second German rabbi facing circumcision charges

By Orlando Radice, August 30, 2012

One of Germany’s most prominent rabbis, Yitshak Ehrenberg, is facing criminal charges after publicly promising to continue carrying out circumcisions.


Rabbinical support for Obama growing

By Anna Sheinman, August 22, 2012

Over 600 rabbis from all denominations across the US have declared that they will back President Obama in the forthcoming elections as part of the "Rabbis for Obama" scheme. This is double the number of rabbis who were involved when the group was founded in 2008.


Charges filed against rabbi for carrying out circumcisions

By Anna Sheinman, August 22, 2012

A German rabbi has become the first person to have criminal charges filed against him for carrying out circumcisions. Rabbi David Goldberg, an Israeli mohel currently living in Bavaria, has been charged with causing bodily harm following a May ruling at the district court in Cologne which banned religious circumcision.


Adelson backs campaign of Kosher Jesus rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, August 21, 2012

The man hoping to become the first Orthodox rabbi to hold a Congressional seat is being backed by one of the Republican Party's most powerful financial supporters.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the former chaplain of Oxford University, is hoping to win a typically Democrat-held seat in New Jersey at November's elections.


Murder mastermind New York rabbi is faking his mental illness, court hears

By Anna Sheinman, August 20, 2012

A New York rabbi accused of hiring contract killers to kill two men is faking his mental illness to avoid trial, a court heard on Friday.

Rabbi Victor Koltun of New York faces charges for murder and conspiracy for allegedly ordering the deaths of Gerald Piscopo, 28, and his uncle, ex-policeman Francis Piscopo, 49, on November 4 2010.