Israeli Chief Rabbinate

It has reduced rabbis to bureaucrats subject to the temptations of patronage and corruption.

Jan. 6 2016 12:01AM

It’s not to condemn Conservative Judaism.

Shlomo Riskin
Dec. 21 2015 12:01AM

Reflections on the founder of Israel’s chief rabbinate.

Yehudah Mirsky
Aug. 25 2015 12:01AM

Perhaps on paper, but not in reality.

July 13 2015 12:01AM

Perhaps it’s time for the Modern Orthodox to reject the institution altogether.

June 30 2015 12:01AM

“The older Torah scholars become, the more wisdom increases within them.”

June 18 2015 12:01AM

A leading Modern Orthodox rabbi is being forced out.

David M. Weinberg
May 28 2015 12:01AM

Tablets with curved tops? Rectangles? Two sides of the same stone?

Stephen G. Rosenberg
May 8 2015 12:01AM

Two reform-minded rabbis discuss.

David Stav and Seth Farber
March 12 2015 12:01AM

Throughout his life, Ben-Zion Meir Hai Ouziel (1880-1953), the first Sephardi chief rabbi of Israel, held fast to a vision of breaking down the divisions. . .

Feb. 11 2015 12:01AM

Shlomo Goren, who was the first chief rabbi of the IDF and later served as Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel, did much to shape the. . .

Feb. 9 2015 12:01AM

A bill passed by the Knesset weakens the chief rabbinate’s grip on marriage registration; it was thought politically impossible only a year ago—and the. . .

Nov. 1 2013 12:00AM

Israeli society has only begun to have a serious conversation over what, if anything, the contemporary rabbinate is for.

Yehudah Mirsky
Aug. 23 2013 12:00AM

Despite the ultra-Orthodox stranglehold on the chief rabbinate, religious pluralism in Israel is growing—and shifting the balance of power.

Aug. 6 2013 12:00AM