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Temple Mount Closed After 'Assasssination' Try on Activist Yehuda Glick

2 hours 40 min ago

Israel closed the Temple Mount to Muslim worshippers and to both Jewish and non-Jewish visitors in the wake of the attempted assassination of an Israeli activist.

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Jerusalem Boils as Suspect Killed in Shooting of Temple Mount Activist

2 hours 46 min ago

Violence erupts after Israeli police kill a Palestinian suspected in the shooting of a far-right Jewish activist — and the Temple Mount is completely closed.

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Revival of ‘On the Town’ Goes Forward Into the Past on Broadway

4 hours 22 min ago

It’s hard get more (delightfully) nostalgic than the musical ‘On the Town.’ Even 70 years later, the musical’s charms translate easily to today’s Broadway stage, Jesse Oxfeld writes.

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World's largest Yom Kippur Kol Nidre service to stream live on...

4 hours 50 min ago

Over 100,000 expected to watch the service, led by best selling author Rabbi Naomi Levy.

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Celebrate Yom Kippur in Musical Style With Sim Shalom at Zeb's:...

4 hours 50 min ago

The Sim Shalom Online Synagogue will celebrate Yom Kippur at Zeb’s Sound and Light in Chelsea, following a joyous and well-attended series of Rosh Hashana jazz services in that venue.

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Right-Wing Jewish Activist Yehuda Glick Shot After Temple Mount Conference

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:58

A prominent right-wing Israeli activist was shot and seriously wounded in a drive-by attack outside a Jerusalem conference about the future of the Temple Mount.

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Temple Mount activist seriously injured in Jerusalem shooting

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:05

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Temple Mount activist was in serious condition following an apparent assassination attempt in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Yehuda Glick was shot three times in the chest and stomach outside the Begin Center on Wednesday night by an unidentified assailant on a motorcycle who fled the scene, according to reports.

Glick, 50, was being being treated at Shaare Tzedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.  Head of the hospital Professor Yehonatan HaLevi said in a statement close to midnight that Glick, who remained in surgery, was in serious condition, though in “better condition than when he arrived.”

Glick heads the Temple Mount Faithful organization, which advocates building a Third Temple on the holy site.

He was a speaker at a conference at the center dealing with Jewish rights at the Temple Mount.

Police have set up roadblocks in Jerusalem to try to catch the shooter.

 

After Mikveh Scandal, Rabbinic Council Appoint Committee To Review Conversion

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:59

The Rabbinical Council of America has formed a committee to review its conversion process in the wake of the arrest on voyeurism charges of one of its leading conversion rabbis.

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Why the Mikveh Scandal Cuts So Deep

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 06:00

EDITORIAL: The shocking peeping rabbi scandal has turned many women away from a place that should be a spiritual haven. They deserve to know the mikveh will be theirs again.

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Jerusalem Mayor Visits Temple Mount Despite Increased Violence

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:05

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat visited the Temple Mount despite increased violence at the holy site and in the Israeli capital.

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'Don't Rent to Arabs' Rabbi Moves to East Jerusalem

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 09:45

Rabbi Dov Lior, the chief rabbi of the Kiryat Arba settlement, is leaving his position in order to move to east Jerusalem.

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Pope Francis Gets Bar-Ilan Honor at Vatican

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 09:33

Pope Francis received Rabbi Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz, Bar-Ilan University of Israel’s president, at the Vatican.

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West Bank religious leader Rabbi Dov Lior moving to eastern Jerusalem

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 08:36

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Rabbi Dov Lior, the chief rabbi of the West Bank settlement Kiryat Arba, is leaving his position to move to eastern Jerusalem.

Lior decided just before Rosh Hashanah to step down from the post he has held for 38 years in order to relocate to Beit Orot, a neighborhood on the Mount of Olives, the Hebrew language Kipa website reported Sunday. In recent weeks, Beit Orot has been the scene of increased violence by Palestinian youths throwing rocks and fireworks at police and the yeshiva.

Lior, 80, reportedly bought an apartment there two years ago.

In 2011, police questioned the rabbi over his support for the scholarly book “The King’s Torah,” which reportedly discusses situations in which it is permissible for Jews to kill non-Jews.

Lior is also known for saying that Jews should not rent homes to Arabs in Israel and for a proposal calling on Israeli soldiers to refuse orders to remove Jews from West Bank settlements.

 

Pope Francis honors at Vatican by Bar Ilan University

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 07:56

(JTA) — Pope Francis received Rabbi Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz, Bar-Ilan University of Israel’s president, at the Vatican.

During the audience on Monday, the university bestowed its highest Award of Distinction upon the Pope in recognition of his lifelong efforts promoting peace and fighting for human rights.

“We are the sons of Abraham and we have the privilege and the responsibility to guide humankind on the path to peace,” the Pope told the Bar Ilan delegation of 25 academics, as well as businesspeople from South America and Spain.

Hershkowitz told the Pope that former Israeli President Shimon Peres asked that Bar-Ilan University serve as a home base for dialogue among religions, an initiative which the Pope and Peres have agreed to work together to advance. The Pope welcomed this new development.

The reception with Pope Francis and presentation of the award marked the official opening of a year of festivities in celebration of Bar-Ilan University’s 60th anniversary.

“Peace and harmony were born much before religions were. The concepts of harmony and unity are shared by our respective religions. Unfortunately however, we are living in a world that is filled with hostility and animosity. Our very presence here signals a new beginning, a vista of opportunity. We are ever so aware of the need for dialogue and harmony, peace and coexistence,” Hershkowitz told the Pope.

The Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization reportedly protested to the Vatican over the pope’s agreement to see representatives of Bar Ilan, due to what they called the university’s right-wing positions and support for settlers and settlements, Haaretz reported.

Women's Yeshiva Says Male Rabbis Don't Have To Oversee Converts in Mikveh

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 07:34

In the wake of voyeurism allegations against a prominent Orthodox rabbi, the head of an Orthodox yeshiva for women is arguing that male rabbis needn’t be present for a female convert’s ritual immersion.

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Orthodox yeshiva argues for greater privacy in conversions

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 20:18

(JTA) — In the wake of voyeurism allegations against a prominent Orthodox rabbi, the head of an Orthodox yeshiva for women is arguing that male rabbis needn’t be present for a female convert’s ritual immersion.

Rabbi Jeffrey Fox, the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Maharat in New York, is preparing a teshuva, or Jewish legal opinion, arguing that Jewish law does not require a male rabbi to be present in the room of the ritual bath, or even for the door to be ajar, to witness the immersion of a female convert. Fox expects to publish the teshuva within the next week through Yeshivat Maharat, which focuses on training and ordaining women as Orthodox clergy.

The issue of privacy for female converts has taken on new urgency in the wake of allegations that Rabbi Barry Freundel, a high-profile Washington D.C., rabbi, used hidden cameras to watch female conversion candidates as they immersed themselves in the mikvah.

Fox said that he and others at Yeshivat Maharat would also push to give highly trained women a greater role in preparing and shepherding women through the conversion process, rather than leaving such preparation as the sole province of male rabbis.

While steering clear of the specific allegations against Freundel, Fox said that the accusations in the case highlight the unequal power dynamic between men and women in many areas of Jewish ritual, and potential for abuse raised by those imbalances.

“A power hierarchy exists,” Fox told JTA. “Our goal is to shift that hierarchy.”

Officials from Yeshivat Maharat and sister institution Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, a seminary to ordain male rabbis, will host an Open Space community meeting on Thursday to discuss “protecting sacred spaces, clergy boundaries and rabbinic authority.”

No Plans To Change Temple Mount Status Quo

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 16:44

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there are no plans to make changes in the status quo on the Temple Mount.

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No plans to change status quo on Temple Mount, Netanyahu says

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 15:25

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there are no plans to make changes in the status quo on the Temple Mount.

Netanyahu made the statement on Monday during a meeting to discuss the security situation in Jerusalem. His assurances came a day after Jordan warned that its peace treaty with Israel signed 20 years ago could be threatened by continued settlement construction and by any change in the status quo on the Temple Mount, including allowing Jews to pray there.

Several hours after Netanyahu’s statement, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah visited the Al-Aksa Mosque at the Temple Mount.

The meeting and the visit come amid tension in Jerusalem that has increased in recent days due to an attack by a Palestinian driver on a light rail station in Jerusalem and the killing by Israeli soldiers of a Palestinian teen with American citizenship accused of preparing to throw a firebomb into traffic.

Tension on the Temple Mount increased in recent months, coming to a head during the Jewish High Holidays when more Jewish pilgrims visit the site, which is holy to both Muslims and Jews.

Hamdallah visited the Temple Mount with the Palestinian Authority governor of Jerusalem, Adnan al-Husseini, and Palestinian security officials, according to reports. His visit was approved by Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon.

During the security meeting, Netanyahu called for draft legislation levying severe punishment for rock throwing be advanced as quickly as possible. The legislation would call for detention and stiffer punishments for rock throwers, including criteria for the possible imposition of economic sanctions on the parents of minors who throw rocks.

Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Shin Bet chief Yoram Cohen, senior Israel Police officials, the deputy attorney general and military officials attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, also Sunday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sent a letter to the Obama administration calling on the U.S. government to “stop Israeli escalation in east Jerusalem, especially raids by settlers and extremists into the Aksa Mosque,” according to a statement released by his office in Ramallah, Israeli media reported.

Abbas threatened that the “dangerous escalation” would lead to  “a wider explosion.”

Conversion Reform Bill Moves Ahead in Israel

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 11:24

A Knesset committee has for the second time approved a bill allowing local rabbis to oversee conversions to Judaism in Israel.

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Man Charged in Vandalism of Suburban Chicago Synagogue

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 07:47

An Illinois man has been charged with a hate crime for allegedly vandalizing a synagogue.

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