Latest Orthodox Judaism News

Sabbath buses barrel through Israel’s religious-secular rift

Nov. 29, 2019 2:04 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Tel Aviv has taken a major step to cement its status as Israel’s secular mecca, launching public transportation services on the Jewish sabbath and redrawing the lines in the country’s culture wars between religious and secular citizens. The defiant move circumvents the...

Top UK rabbi slams Labour, says ‘soul of nation’ at risk

Nov. 25, 2019 5:36 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s most senior Jewish religious leader stepped into Britain’s election campaign Monday, saying the country’s main opposition leader has allowed the “poison” of anti-Semitism to take root in his party. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, spiritual leader of...

Netanyahu challenger fails to form coalition

Nov. 20, 2019 2:59 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief rival announced Wednesday that he had failed to form a new government, dashing his hopes of toppling the long-time Israeli prime minister and pushing the country closer toward an unprecedented third election in less than a year. The announcement by Benny...

Hungary signs special agreement with Orthodox Jewish group

Nov. 18, 2019 12:17 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Hungarian government has signed a special agreement with an Orthodox Jewish group, granting them a status in the country enjoyed only by a small number of churches. The accord, for example, provides the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation’s institutions, such as...

France reopens contested Jewish tomb in east Jerusalem

Nov. 8, 2019 1:25 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — French authorities reopened one of Jerusalem's most magnificent ancient tombs to the public for the first time in over a decade, despite a dispute over access to the archaeological-cum-holy site in the city's volatile eastern half. After several aborted attempts, the French Consulate...

Israeli PM hopeful Gantz vows mixed Western Wall prayer area

Oct. 29, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The man who is trying to become Israel's next prime minister says he would implement a long-stalled plan for an egalitarian section at a key Jewish prayer site in Jerusalem if he takes power. Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz told a gathering of overseas Jewish leaders Tuesday that...

Senior rabbi warns about rise of anti-Semitism in Europe

Oct. 24, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The chief rabbi of the main Orthodox rabbinical alliance in Europe says that a resurgence of anti-Semitism on the continent "poses an existential threat to the Jewish community." The warning by Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmit was sounded as the Conference of European Rabbis awarded the Moshe...

PHOTO GALLERY: A selection of pictures from the past week

Oct. 12, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's gallery includes protests sparked by fuel price hikes in Ecuador; Ultra-Orthodox Jews observing...