Rabbis

Madonna’s Kabbalah rabbi Philip Berg dies

By Charlotte Oliver, September 18, 2013

Madonna’s Kabbalah teacher Rabbi Philip Berg has died aged 86, after battling 10 years of ill-health.

Known as the “rabbi to the stars”, he had developed a large celebrity following in Los Angeles, with students including Britney Spears, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher visiting his famed Kabbalah Centre.

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Star rabbi is accused of heresay

By Simon Rocker, August 9, 2013

The battle over Orthodox belief that led to the Jacobs Affair in British Jewry has erupted again a half-century later after an American rabbi was accused of advancing heretical ideas about the Torah.

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Spanish chief rabbi denies calling gays "deviants"

By JCReporter, August 8, 2013

A spokeswoman for the Jewish community in Madrid has denied the authenticity of quotes attributed to its chief rabbi in which he reportedly called gays “deviants” who need “re-educating”.

Rabbi Moshe Bendahan was alleged to have made the comments last week during an interview for Religion Digital, a news website.

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Rabbinical college ends spouse rule for students

By Simon Rocker, August 2, 2013

Leo Baeck College can no longer require married rabbinic students to have a Jewish spouse or partner because of equality laws, the JC has learned.

The Progressive academy in London quietly introduced the change two years ago after taking legal advice.

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Chief Rabbi kicks off in unsporting fashion

By Nathan Jeffay, July 31, 2013

Outrage was directed at Israel’s newly elected Chief Rabbi this week, after comments made by him, and widely perceived as racist, came to light.

David Lau, the new Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, told yeshiva students that they should not watch basketball or take an interest in the achievements of the players, many of whom are black, or — in the derogatory Hebrew term — kushim.

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Tabick is bid a warm farewell in Weybridge

By Cathy Forman, July 29, 2013

North West Surrey Synagogue held two days of activities to mark the retirement of Jackie Tabick, Britain’s first woman rabbi.

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Mirvis plans new centre for rabbinic excellence

By Simon Rocker, July 25, 2013

Chief Rabbi-elect Ephraim Mirvis unveiled one of the first practical initiatives he will launch after he takes office at the beginning of September.

The former Finchley United Synagogue minister has kept a low public profile since leaving his congregation at the end of April to prepare to succeed Lord Sacks.

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Rabbis' £11bn fight over ‘dot-kosher’ domain

By Ellis Bolle, July 25, 2013

Rabbinical groups are in conflict over a proposal to introduce an online marketplace for kosher goods under the domain name “dot-kosher”.

If “dot-kosher” is introduced, it would function in the same way as existing suffixes in web addresses such as “dot-com” and “dot-net”.

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Chabad Rabbi shot in south west Russia

By Josh Jackman, July 25, 2013

Rabbi Ovadia Isakov, an emissary to Derbent, in the Republic of Dagestan, was shot by an unknown assailant on Wednesday night as he approached his house.

The rabbi was evacuated to hospital, where he received successful emergency surgery on his right lung and liver. He has now returned home to recover.

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Charedi relief over rabbi vote

By Nathan Jeffay, July 25, 2013

Israel’s Charedi establishment breathed a sign of relief on Wednesday, as it kept its grip on the Chief Rabbinate in the elections for the Ashkenazi and Sephardi chief rabbis.

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