Rabbis

Israel rules on boureka shapes

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2013

Israeli regulators have been focusing on one of the country’s most protected delicacies – the boureka.

The pastry – often stuffed with cheese, potato, spinach or mushroom – must now comply with strict shape and filling directions stipulated by the Israeli Rabbinate's kashrut regulators.

The so-called “bourekas revolution” was implemented on Tuesday.

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British Rabbis tell Netanyahu: don’t evict Bedouins

By Anna Sheinman, June 7, 2013

Sixty five British rabbis from across the community have written to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in protest against a Bill that could see 40,000 Bedouins evicted from their homes.

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'Shame'-sex marriage? Rabbis clash over Bill

By Simon Rocker, June 6, 2013

The Federation of Synagogues this week launched a blistering attack on Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman for failing to back his interfaith adviser in opposing same-sex marriage.

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Hospital patients visiting chaplains plea

By Jennifer Lipman, June 6, 2013

Patients are being urged to inform hospital staff that they want to be visited by Jewish chaplains, following a toughening up of how data protection is enforced by NHS trusts.

Rebbetzin Rochel Ehrentreu, who has conducted visits at the Royal Free Hospital in north London for 30 years, complained that it was becoming increasingly difficult to gain access to patients.

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Board adviser's view on same-sex marriage 'does not reflect offical policy'

By Simon Rocker, June 3, 2013

The Board of Deputies has made it clear that a letter co-signed by its interfaith adviser Rabbi Natan Levy, which calls on the government to halt legislation to allow same-sex marriage, does not reflect its policy.

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Dresden gets rabbi back, 70 years after the Shoah

By Anna Thewalt and Torunn Lied, May 10, 2013

Last week was a historical one in Dresden. The Jüdische Gemeinde zu Dresden, the Jewish congregation in the city, finally got its rabbi back — more than 70 years after Rabbi Albert Wolf had to flee Dresden and Germany.

And as if to underscore that this is a moment of renewal, the new rabbi, Alexander Nachama, is just 29 years old.

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Hats in the Ring

By Simon Rocker, May 2, 2013

The Chief Rabbi may now represent less than half of British Jews but no communal office attracts greater interest. In the third of his studies of the chief rabbinate, former JC Judaism editor Dr Meir Persoff looks at how six of its incumbents were chosen, from Nathan Adler in 1844 to Lord Sacks.

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Sacks must heed Hillel’s advice

By Shmuley Boteach, May 2, 2013

I have always believed that sins of omission are much more serious than sins of commission - that the good things we fail to do are of greater consequence than the sins we commit

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End this personality cult

By Miriam Shaviv, May 2, 2013

It has been a bad year so far for Orthodox rabbis. Across the channel, French chief rabbi Gilles Bernheim quit after admitting plagiarising texts and faking his academic credentials while, last weekend, similar charges were levelled by Maariv against the Israeli chief rabbi, Yonah Metzger.

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Reform rabbi in Thatcher funeral snub

By Jennifer Lipman, April 18, 2013

Britain’s leading Reform rabbi declined to attend Baroness Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday because of her opposition to the former prime minister’s politics.

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