(JTA) — Israeli Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau sent a letter urging a midlevel bureaucrat in the Chief Rabbinate to accept conversions certified by the head of a prominent American Orthodox rabbinical court. Lau “asked me to clarify to you once more that his position is to recognize the certifications given from the Beth Din of America and…
Liberals slammed the Israeli Chief Rabbi for not being open to dialogue. Then they praised Ayman Odeh for the same behavior. Jane Eisner asks: Why the inconsistency?
It’s hard for Jerry Silverman to reconcile Rav David Lau’s disparaging comments about Conservative Judaism with the rabbi he met a year ago. And he takes such disparagement personally.
Rabbi David Lau’s condemnation this week of Naftali Bennett’s visit to the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan was shortsighted and inaccurate in many ways.
Israel’s chief Ashkenazi rabbi accused the founders of a private conversion court of “fighting against the Torah.”
(JTA) — Diaspora Jews often find themselves exasperated with the Israeli rabbinate. But on one significant issue, an Israeli rabbinic authority is looking far more enlightened and merciful than his peers in the United States.
Israel’s chief Ashkenazi rabbi marked the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht with a visit to a Jewish kindergarten in Berlin.
Outgoing British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has had great success showing a dignified face of Judaism. Can Israel’s chief rabbinate say the same thing?
Israeli leaders almost never suffer any consequences for making outrageous racist remarks. Why not apply the same standards that we did to Jesse Jackson and ‘Hymie-town’?
Newly elected Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau dismissed on Thursday criticism of a racially-loaded comment he made earlier this week, calling it ‘a joke that lost control.’