JERUSALEM (RNS) Because Jewish law requires witnesses to conversions to be above reproach, some have questioned whether the conversions that accused Rabbi Barry Freundel oversaw were illegitimate.
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About Michele Chabin
RNS Middle East correspondent Michele Chabin has covered events in the region for 18 years. In addition to her work at RNS, Chabin writes regularly for the New York Jewish Week and National Catholic Register and is a contributor to USA Today and numerous other publications. She has won several awards from the American Jewish Press Association for Jewish journalism (including one for a first-hand account of the evacuation of Jewish, Muslim and Christian residents from war-torn Sarajevo) as well as first-place honors from the Catholic Press Association. A graduate of Brandeis University, Chabin was awarded a British Chevening Scholarship and Press Fellowship at Cambridge University, England. The home she shared during the fellowship contained a Hindu, a Sikh, two Muslims, a Jew, an Orthodox Christian and a Catholic, “a harmony that deepened my love for religion-based reporting,” she says.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Bar mitzvah boys are encouraged to read from the Torah at the Western Wall, but the state-supported Western Wall Heritage Foundation, which is run by Israel’s Orthodox establishment, prohibits girls and women from doing so.
JERUSALEM (RNS) In her Change.org petition, which had more than 2,300 signatures, a Chicago woman asks El Al why its staff permits female passengers “to be bullied, harassed, and intimidated into switching seats for which they rightfully paid.”
JERUSALEM (RNS) The sabbatical-year prohibitions include sowing, planting, pruning, reaping, harvesting and improving the land. But many Jews have found loopholes and workarounds.
(RNS) Until now, “all stories found decorating ancient synagogues have been taken from the Hebrew Bible,” said archaeologist Jodi Magness.
JERUSALEM (RNS) The outcry over the beach is just one of the many battles the ultra-Orthodox community has waged in recent years over the issue of Shabbat closures and the sanctity of Jerusalem.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Orthodox Jews do not drive on the Sabbath or holidays, so it would have been impossible for them to arrive at the venue on time.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Israelis were moved when he kissed the hands of the Holocaust survivors. But some haven’t shaken the memory of centuries of anti-Semitism sparked by the Roman Catholic Church.
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (RNS) “The time has come for everyone to find the courage to be generous and creative in the service of the common good,” Francis said at a welcoming ceremony in Bethlehem hosted by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.