Rabbis

Both Israeli chief rabbis cancel on the Archbishop of Canterbury

By Josh Jackman, June 28, 2013

The Archbishop of Canterbury was unable to meet Israel’s two chief rabbis this week, after scheduled talks with both Rabbis were cancelled.

Archbishop Justin Welby was due to sit down with Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger and Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar on Thursday. However, plans were thrown into disarray when Rabbi Metzger was placed under house arrest amid corruption charges.

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Assaulted rabbi deserves to win

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 28, 2013

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s election season in Israel. The candidates are setting forth their manifestos, and — naturally — throwing verbal vitriol at each other. Insults fly thick and fast. Two weeks ago, one of the candidates was actually physically attacked by certain of his opponents. “It’s disgraceful (I hear you say) — but what can you expect of politicians?”

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Rabbi: child victims ‘agree’ to sex abuse

By Dan Goldberg, June 27, 2013

A senior Chabad rabbi in America has publicly apologised after Australian media published recordings of him suggesting child sex abuse victims may have consented to molestation.

Rabbi Baruch Lesches, a former head of the rabbinical college at Chabad’s headquarters in Sydney from the mid-1980s, said on Monday he had deep “regret” about the incident.

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Israeli chief rabbi accused of corruption

By Nathan Jeffay, June 27, 2013

Israel’s Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger suspended himself on Sunday, three days after he was questioned by police in connection with alleged corruption, fraud, breach of trust, money laundering and acceptance of bribes.

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Pope says antisemitism ‘not Christian’

By Josh Jackman, June 25, 2013

Pope Francis condemned “all manifestations of antisemitism” during his first meeting with official Jewish representatives since his election.

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Moderniser is ‘evil’, says rabbi

By Nathan Jeffay, June 20, 2013

Israel’s most revered Sephardi rabbi has caused uproar by declaring that a moderate candidate for the chief rabbinate is an “evil man”.

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Israeli chief rabbi suspected of bribery and fraud

By Zoe Winograd, June 20, 2013

Police have raided the house of Israeli Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger.

On Thursday morning, Rabbi Metzger was interrogated on suspicion of bribery, fraud and money laundering. In 2004 the National Fraud Unit launched an investigation when they suspected he had accepted illicit perks while on holiday.

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Israeli chief rabbi election could yet make history

By Nathan Jeffay, June 14, 2013

Israel moved a step closer to a non-Charedi chief rabbi earlier this month, when the Knesset’s religious-Zionist party threw its weight behind a moderate candidate.

The modern-Orthodox iconoclast David Stav has built his rabbinic career on making Judaism more welcoming for the non-religious, and he is now determined to break the strictly-Orthodox control over the Chief Rabbinate.

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‘All is desolation and destruction’

By Rabbi Alexandra Wright, June 13, 2013

Last week, the British Friends of Rabbis for Human Rights (BFRHR) sent letters to Prime Minister Netanyahu and Ministers Lapid, Livni and Meir Cohen, protesting against the Knesset’s proposed Bill on the Arrangement of Bedouin Settlement in the Negev.

If the Bill is passed, it will result in the forcible eviction of thousands of Bedouin from their villages into existing townships.

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Halt Bedouin evictions, say UK rabbis

By Anna Sheinman, June 13, 2013

Sixty-five British rabbis from across the community have written to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu protesting against a proposed law that could see 40,000 Bedouin evicted from their homes.

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