Rabbis

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's death is political depth charge

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 10, 2013

As he did during his lifetime, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who passed away on Monday, will continue to unite the party he served as spiritual leader. For a while, at least.

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Hundreds of thousands attend Shas spiritual leader’s funeral

By Charlotte Oliver, October 8, 2013

More than 800,000 people attended Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s funeral yesterday afternoon, making it the largest funeral in Israel’s history.

People from all over the country gathered in and around the Sanhedria cemetery, Jerusalem, to mourn the passing of Shas’s spiritual leader and head of the Sephardi community, who died on Monday afternoon aged 93.

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World's top Sephardi rabbi dies

By Charlotte Oliver, October 7, 2013

Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef has died aged 93, following a three-week long bout of illness.

Rabbi Yosef’s family and close colleagues, including several Shas leaders, had been called to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital this morning after doctors warned that he was about to die.

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Shas squabbles over successor to Ovadia Yosef

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 1, 2013

The deterioration in the health of 93-year-old Rabbi Ovadia Yosef has thrown his party, Shas, into a battle over who will succeed the spiritual leader.

Hospitalised at Hadasa Medical Centre for over two weeks now due to a blood pressure problem, doctors had to put the rabbi into a coma after his kidney and heart showed signs of failing.

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Australian Rabbi’s apology over child sex abuse

By Dan Goldberg, September 18, 2013

One of Australia’s most senior Orthodox rabbis has issued an unequivocal apology to the victims of child sex abuse and urged perpetrators to turn themselves in to police.

On the eve of Yom Kippur, Rabbi Moshe Gutnick, president of the Organisation of Rabbis of Australasia, said the “culture of cover-up” is wrong.

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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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