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A Megillat Esther (“Scroll of Esther”) written by a 14-year-old Jewish girl from Rome was revealed in Israel and will be auctioned off in Jerusalem, November 2021. Credit: Kedem Auction House.

Scroll of Esther written by 14-year-old Italian girl to be auctioned off in Jerusalem

A Megillat Esther (“Scroll of Esther”) written by a 14-year-old Jewish girl from Rome was revealed this week in Jerusalem. The discovery, especially significant as Scrolls of Esther inscribed during that time period by women are few...
Rabbi Moshe Tendler. Courtesy of Yeshiva University/The Commentator.

Jewish ethicist Rabbi Moshe Tendler, 95, leaves medical and religious worlds more enlightened

Listening to Rabbi Dr. Moshe Tendler, who died last week at the age of 95, one never knew what to expect. Laced in scientific language, with biblical quotes and references from the Talmud, the...
A synagogue in Efrat, Gush Etzion, June 27, 2021. Photo by Gershon Elinson/Flash90.

Rabbis: Unvaccinated worshippers may not pray in synagogue

Rabbis in Israel are launching a campaign against COVID-19 vaccine refusal, including a recent rabbinical ruling that unvaccinated individuals may not enter synagogues, participate in a minyan or be called to the Torah. Chief Rabbi of Ramat...
Collecting hay piles for bales in central Israel. Aug. 20, 2018. Photo by Anat Hermony/Flash90.

Jews worldwide join Israel’s farm families for challenges and blessings of ‘shmita’ year

“Grant blessing on the face of the Earth and from its goodness satisfy us, blessing our year as the best of years. Blessed are you G-d who blesses the years.” — Morning prayers If you look...
From left: Rabbanit Chamutal Shoval, Rabbanit Dr. Hannah Hashkes and Rabbanit Shira Marili Mirvis. Photo by Gershon Ellinson.

Graduation marks new class of leaders in Jewish law

The Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute for Halakhic Leadership (WIHL) of the Ohr Torah Stone network commemorated the graduation of its 2021 class, attended by hundreds of family and friends. Three women—Rabbanit Dr. Hannah Hashkes, Rabbanit...
Religious Israeli soldiers pray near the city of Beit Shemesh, Sept. 27, 2017. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

The Israel Defense Forces is becoming ‘God’s army,’ warns Lieberman

The Israel Defense Forces is becoming an organ of the country’s Chief Rabbinate, Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman said on Wednesday. His comments, which he posted on Facebook, came in reaction to a booklet authored...
The campus of the Jerusalem College of Technology. Credit: Courtesy.

New center to grapple with Torah and technology, aims to be an international resource

The Jerusalem College of Technology recently announced the launch of the Torah and Technology Research Center, which will provide specialized expertise necessary to respond to the complex ethical and halachic (Jewish legal) issues of our times. Supported...
Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Jerusalem Aryeh Stern. Credit: Boaz Lev-Ari/Wikimedia Commons.

Jerusalem’s Chief Rabbi: Israel has obligation to help free Palestinians imprisoned for selling land...

The Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Jerusalem, Aryeh Stern, issued an unprecedented halachic ruling that Israel has an obligation to help free Palestinians who have been imprisoned for selling land to Jews. In a letter sent to Lt....

Orthodox group says loans from Quicken are forbidden under Jewish law

The Agudath Israel of America organization issued a Jewish legal ruling prohibiting Jews from taking out loans from majority-Jewish-owned American mortgage lender Quicken Loans, due to the fact that Jews are forbidden to charge...

This Israeli Woman Is On A Hunger Strike To Get A Divorce

A 53-year-old Israeli Jewish woman is on a hunger strike outside Israel’s parliament building because the state has forbidden her from divorcing her husband. Jewish law requires both husband and wife to agree to a...