A seemingly bizarre controversy flared up over this year's ceremony on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem to mark the start of Israel Independence Day.
Lubavitch Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg and his four-year-old grandson Moshe Holtzberg, who lost his parents in the terrorist attack on Mumbai's Chabad House in 2008, had been among those asked to light torches.
A New York-based rabbi who has dedicated his life to the promotion of human rights and religious tolerance has been presented with one of France's most prestigious honours.
Rabbi Arthur Schneier, a Vienna-born Holocaust survivor who created the interfaith partnership, the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, in 1965, received the Officer of the Legion of Honour at a ceremony in Manhattan.
A rabbi has been arrested for allegedly groping a woman as they flew to New York.
Rabbi Gavriel Bidany told the female passenger sitting next to him that he was "asleep" during the incident, on a Delta Airlines flight from Tel Aviv last month. He was later charged with misdemeanour assault.
Visitors to the Rambam's tomb in Tiberias may find it difficult to see things clearly.
The holy burial site of the renowned 12th century Jewish scholar and philosopher Moses Maimonides was left without electricity after the rabbis who managed the site failed to pay mounting utility bills.