Aaron Wieder again implies it is anti-Semitism and bias – not years of haredi mismanagement of East Ramapo's school district, repeated violations of New York State open meetings laws, abuse of public school parents and activists by the haredi-controlled school board and its attorneys, several attempts to sell public school buildings to haredi yeshivas at well below the market rate, and so much more abuse against the public schools, public school parents and activists – that is behind the move to pass state bills putting a fiscal monitor in place to watch over the scandal-plagued haredi-controlled East Ramapo school district.
The large protest led by Ethiopian Jews against police racism has grown exponentially, with Israelis of all ethnicities and backgrounds joining to protest police brutality and racism.
Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the leader of the Shuvu Banim Breslov hasidic sect who is still on the run from sex abuse allegations made by former followers in Israel, performs a wedding for a couple in Holland in under two minutes and, as part of the ceremony places the ring on the bride's finger – something that appears to be problematic under halakha (Orthodox Jewish law).
Ironically, Likud was historically the party of both Jewish nationalism and deep respect for the judiciary. Its first leader, Menachem Begin, was admiringly (though mistakenly) quoted by followers as accepting an unfavorable court ruling with the words “there are judges in Jerusalem!” But now Israel's Likud prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, wants to gut the Supreme Court and neuter it. And that is perhaps the greatest threat to Israeli democracy of all time.
Despite having overwhelming support from members of the Rockland County, New York legislature, a resolution expressing support for a state bill (Senate Bill 3821 and Assembly Bill 5355) to appoint a formal state fiscal monitor to oversee the scandal-plagued haredi-controlled East Ramapo school district has died in committee after Aaron Wieder (right) rallied support from like-minded committee members to block it.
"To slam a door on a Jewish teen at the moment they are about to enter the fellowship of the Jewish People is terrible; to do so to a young person with disabilities is unforgivable. The insult to the dignity of these teens and their parents is egregious. Together with all those who believe that a tolerant and diverse Israeli society is the key to its survival, we are shocked and dismayed by this decision. The Masorti movement has helped to create strong Israelis who are unfettered by the handicaps and challenges they face. Mayor Malul should be ashamed of himself."
Rahamim Malul, the haredi mayor of the Israeli city of Rehovot canceled a public bar and bat mitzvah ceremony for children with disabilities because it was scheduled to held at a Conservative synagogue. Wha t Malul did is almost certainly illegal. But in the banana republic that is today's Israel, that really doesn't matter – and neither do the kids.
A 23-year-old hasidic Jew struggles to come to terms with the tension of staying true to tradition, and life as a young man in modern Britain, in Billy Lumby's short film Samuel-613. Set in east London, Shmilu (played by Theo Barklem-Biggs) is already divorced, grasping to control his coming-of-age and a creeping curiosity for life outside of his insular community. Sneaking in porn magazines and chatting on Facebook to non-Jewish girls leads to a row with his family, and Shmilu finds his freedom thrust into his hands. All of life's finest vices are ripe for the picking – booze and dating crumble under the weight of his lack of knowledge about topics such as Tupac and the 'outside' world that Shmilu is so new to, and he finds himself spiraling into the depths of excess with no sign of control.
Police were reportedly cordoning off a street due to a suspicious object when the soldier, who was riding his bicycle in full uniform, asked them what was happening. Police allegedly responded by lashing out at soldier. They pushed him off his bike, and one officer allegedly said, “I can do whatever I want,” and then began beating the soldier.
Charlie Kalech handed a Torah scroll from the men’s section of the Kotel to members of Women of the Wall (WoW) in the women’s section, sparking a violent response from an as yet unidentified Kotel security guard. But police arrested Kalech, not his assailant, and have refused to enforce the law – an increasingly common problem in Israel, which is moving further and further away from liberal democratic values.
One of the victims, Menachem Teitelbaum, accused the head of Triangle-K kosher supervision Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag, who is also the Chief Rabbi of Amsterdam, of threatening and beating him. He stated in his testimony that Ralbag received between $25,000 and 3$30,000 dollars for his help in obtaining the get. Ralbag denied this to the court, stating that he is unpopular because he helps women. He also has an alibi – according to him, he was with family when the assault occurred.
“We are excited to show, for the first time, that reading exposure during the critical stage of development prior to kindergarten seems to have a meaningful, measurable impact on how a child’s brain processes stories and may help predict reading success. Of particular importance are brain areas supporting mental imagery, helping the child ‘see the story’ beyond the pictures, affirming the invaluable role of imagination.”
Before the Inquisition, border communities in Spain had their share of violence – and some of it was committed by Jews against others Jews, even by Jewish communal leaders against Jewish community members. And many Jews' greatest fear was that reporting the crimes to the Crown would cause Jewish community leaders to label them mosrim, informers – with all the danger and negative connotations that implied.
"…I asked to learn about the first fallen soldier on this long list. His name was Aaron Hershler, aged 23, from the Mishkanot Shaananim neighborhood here in Jerusalem. In 1873, 142 years ago, Arab rioters and robbers attacked the Jewish neighborhood that was located outside the walls of the Old City. Aaron, a diligent yeshiva student, cut his studies short, ran off the rioters, chased after them and attempted to catch them. They shot him and he was fatally wounded. Here was a fighter at the dawn of our national renaissance who charged forward, and through his courageous actions, he marked the direction for those who followed him.…" Except this was apparently not a riot or terror attack – it was an armed robbery.
"The current attack we are hearing against halal certification in Australia is wrong. It is the product of prejudice and ignorance. If it was against kosher certification it would be labelled anti-Semitic. If anyone believes anyone is funding terrorism and breaking Australian law, let them go to the police with evidence and the police will investigate it. All this has absolutely nothing to do with the legitimate rights of the Islamic community to practice their religion in Australia through the certification of food as being halal and has absolutely nothing to do with the rights of Australian manufacturers to seek halal certification for the foodstuffs in order to sell them to Muslims."
Yated Ne’eman, the largest selling haredi daily newspaper in the world and the mouthpiece of the non-hasidic half of the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism political party, ignored the attack [against the Orthodox IDF soldier in Mea Shearim allegedly committed by a mob of haredim] entirely, but gave space on Sunday in its editorial to denounce haredim who attended and participated in the torch lighting ceremony at the end of Israel's Remembrance Day for fallen IDF soldiers and terror victims on Wednesday night, which was also the beginning of Israel's 67th Independence Day. “What is clear today is that there is not one shred of haredi-ness left in [those purported haredim,] Yated Ne'eman wrote.
Rabbi Yehuda Levin, Torah values spokesman for the 75 year old, 850 members Rabbinical Alliance of America stated: "We join many other who are appalled and deeply ashamed that less than a week before the Supreme Court hearing on same gender “Marriage,” Justices Ginsberg and Kagan, both of whom have officiated at such events, have nevertheless still not had the grace, or decency to adhere to the US code which calls upon a justice to 'Disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.'”
The Israeli edition of the haredi newspaper Hamodia – which is essentially the house organ of the Gerrer hasidic sect, the largest hasidic sect in Israel, and of the hasidic half of the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism political party Ger largely controls – is reportedly the only haredi newspaper to allow coverage of the attack on an Orthodox IDF soldier by a mob of haredim in Mea Shearim last week.
Rabbi Alexander Boroda, the head of Chabad’s Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, warned Friday that Jews would be endangered if Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has favored Chabad over other Jewish groups in Russia – allegedly in exchange for the support of Chabad-linked oligarchs and in exchange for Chabad’s pro-Putin anti-democracy advocacy in the West.
When our best friends, the countries with which Israel likes to boast that we “share values,” increasingly perceive Israel’s Judaism as an antithesis to the state’s democratic character and a threat to the liberal approach and equality of rights to which Israel committed itself in its Declaration of Independence, it appears that we are closer than ever to having Jewish tradition relegated to the abhorrent status of Communism in the past and of Salafi Islam in the present. Judaism is being tarred-and-feathered, but this time the charges will stick to it more than any anti-Semitic calumny in the past, simply because this time no blood libel will be involved.…the Western world is becoming used to thinking that Judaism is tyranny – because, increasingly, it is becoming one.
Sleep-related deaths are the most common cause of death for infants 1-12 months of age. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants sleep on their back on a firm mattress, without loose bedding. However, many parents use sitting or carrying devices, such as car seats, swings, or bouncers, as alternative sleeping environments, which could lead to potential injury or death. In a new study, researchers show how the improper use of these items can lead to infant deaths and give parents seven tips to protect their children.
Families and supporters of seven Park Slope seniors cheered the recent decision by a Brooklyn judge to appoint a temporary receiver for their embattled Park Slope assisted living facility owned by prominent Chabad hasid Haysha Deitsch. Deitsch's sister Rivka Marga Gestetner is married to one of Chabad's most prominent rabbinic emissaries in Jerusalem, and his parents were very wealthy pillars of the Crown Heights Chabad-Lubavitch community.
"For too many years, recognition of the Armenian genocide has been a tool in the hands of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, which chooses to sacrifice the values of memory, recognition and commemoration of the Armenian ethnic cleansing on the altar of narrow interests. It is precisely the Jewish nation, which has known genocide, which knows the meaning of genocide denial and is still fighting against it today, that bears the moral responsibility to show sensitivity to the disasters of other nations and not to deny them." -- MK Zehava Galon of the left of center Meretz Party.
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The New York Times: "The legal conflict has revealed a deep tension within the Orthodox community that has been reported in the Jewish weekly press, and has been the almost exclusive topic of discussion on some Orthodox Jewish Web sites like failedmessiah.com and unorthodoxjew.blogspot.com in the months since Mr. Hikind brought up sexual abuse."
The New York Times: "In Postville, residents were dismayed by a report posted on a Jewish Web site, FailedMessiah.com, saying that Sholom Rubashkin held a celebration in Postville last week after he was released from detention on $1 million bail."
THE COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW: "[Jeff] Abbas passed the video to Shmarya Rosenberg, a blogger in St. Paul, Minnesota, who has provided some of the best coverage of the raid and its aftermath; a few days later, the video was referenced in The New York Times."
The Forward: Postville’s City Council initially voted to support the idea of a community benefits agreement, but later voted to withdraw support for such an agreement — a development first reported on the blog Failed Messiah.
Samuel Freedman in the Jerusalem Post: "[T]the scandal of Agriprocessors has been chronicled from Stephen Bloom's book Postville to Nathaniel Popper's investigative reports in the Forward to Julia Preston's coverage in The New York Times to the muckraking blogger FailedMessiah.com."
Religion In The News: "So authoritative has Rosenberg become that he is now regularly quoted by the Register; and his site has been referenced by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and both the Forward and the JTA."
Tablet Magazine: “If you’re Jewish and you were married five years ago, you have not confronted the problem that exists today,” Rosenberg says. “The problem is much worse for anyone who isn’t Orthodox. As the Haredi strength grows and their control grows, that’ll become clearer.”
Religion Dispatches: "The best collection of articles I’ve found can be perused at failedmessiah.com, the blog of Shmarya Rosenberg, who, with the perspective of insider turned disillusioned outsider, has been probing the nuances and hypocrisies of the ultra-Orthodox establishment since 2004."