Yair Ettinger (Haaretz)


Don't Dance With Children on Shoulders, Rabbis Tell Gur Hasidic Jews

By Yair Ettinger (Haaretz)

Don't Dance With Children on Shoulders, Rabbis Tell Gur Hasidic Jews
Gur Hasidic sect followers were told the day before Simhat Torah that adults would no longer be allowed to dance with children on their shoulders, including their own children, to avoid awakening “the evil inclination.”Read More


Who Will Replace Ailing 93-Year-Old Shas Leader Ovadia Yosef?

By Yair Ettinger (Haaretz)

Who Will Replace Ailing 93-Year-Old Shas Leader Ovadia Yosef?
The seriously ailing Rabbi Ovadia Yosef has broken off ties with his former protege for the second time since the summer, bringing their brief reconciliation to an end as the question of who will replace the 93-year-old Yosef as the Shas party’s spiritual leader remains unanswered.Read More


Women of the Wall Reject New Western Wall Prayer Site as 'Sunbathing Deck’

By Yair Ettinger (Haaretz)

Women of the Wall Reject New Western Wall Prayer Site as 'Sunbathing Deck’
Religious Services Minister Naftali Bennett hailed Sunday’s completion of a large platform for non-Orthodox prayer at the southernmost portion of the Western Wall as a history-making event. But the Women of the Wall, who have led the fight for non-Orthodox prayer at the Kotel, derided the new platform as “a sunbathing deck that overlooks the Western Wall from a distance.”Read More


Kosher Certifiers Offer Restuarants Middle Ground

By Yair Ettinger (Haaretz)

Kosher Certifiers Offer Restuarants Middle Ground
Kosher observant Jews who have yet to parse out the difference between regular and mehadrin kosher certificates, please pay close attention: A new class of kashrut certification has been conjured up in Jerusalem.Read More


Cost of Marriage, Death and Keeping Kosher Goes Up in Israel

By Yair Ettinger (Haaretz)

Cost of Marriage, Death and Keeping Kosher Goes Up in Israel
Jewish life and death in Israel will cost more, starting next month, as fees rise for religious services such as burial, marriage registration, ritual immersion and kashrut supervision.Read More






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  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
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