462 posts categorized "Bans & Censorship"

June 23, 2015: Haredim Stage Fake Bar Mitzvah Ceremony For Disabled Kids In Order To Usurp Conservative Movement
Comments: 15 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
The kids were giving six months pf bar mitzvah training in a special program run by the Conservative Movement, but haredim blocked the kids' bar mitzvah ceremony – in part with the help of Israel's president, Reuven "Ruby" Rivlin –...

June 23, 2015: British Government Won’t Take Legal Action Against Hasidic Schools Over Women’s Driving Ban – As Long As Students In Those Hasidic Schools Are Not Expelled Or Otherwise Punished For Their Mother’s Disobedience
Comments: 7 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
The British government’s Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has dropped proceedings against two Belz hasidic schools in North London, the Talmud Torah Machzikei Hadass boys school and the Beis Malka girls school, after getting a “satisfactory response” from Belz...

June 22, 2015: Ancient Rabbinic Censorship For Misogynistic Ends?
Comments: 13 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Books , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
Did ancient rabbis alter a seminal Jewish text in order to exclude women from public prayer roles and religious and communal leadership? The evidence is that they did. As many of you know, Professor Marc B. Shapiro has a new...

June 22, 2015: At Least 15 Arrested In Latest Protest By Ethiopian Jews
Comments: 4 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Ethiopian Jews , Israel
Hundreds of Ethiopian Jews protested this afternoon in Tel Aviv against police brutality, racism and the decision by Israel's Attorney General, Yehuda Weinstein, not prosecute a police officer who beat an Ethiopian IDF soldier in an unprovoked attack. Above: A...

June 19, 2015: Lipa Schmeltzer Finds Reason In Brain Science For Rabbis' Ban On His Music
Comments: 66 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Music , Religion, Religion & State
"[Brain science has] helped me understand that opposition to my music is not necessarily a religious opinion but a brain condition." Above: Lipa Schmeltzer Lipa Schmeltzer writes in the Jewish Press about the 2008 ban against his music signed by...

June 17, 2015: Hypocrisy And Censorship: Haredi Pol Caught Swimming With Young Bikini-Clad Women, Media Censorship Blocks Reporting
Comments: 28 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
“How dare he act as part of the political establishment in Beit Shemesh which has worked to prevent the construction of an outdoor pool in the city, a culture hall in the city, a movie theater in the city, and...

June 12, 2015: Top Haredi Rabbi Calls For Shopping Centers Boycott Over Shabbat Violations
Comments: 19 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
Moshe Sternbuch, the #2 rabbi in the vehemently anti-Zionist haredi umbrella organization Edah Haredit, has called for a boycott of the Big shopping center chain. Above: Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch Top Haredi Rabbi Calls For Shopping Centers Boycott Over Shabbat Violations...

June 11, 2015: Zionist Orthodox Girls School Bans Grammar School Students From Public Library
Comments: 73 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Books , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
Even though the school gets state funding, Israel’s Education Ministry said it had no problem with the ban because it comported with school rules signed by all parents and students. Zionist Orthodox Girls School Bans Grammar School Students From Public...

June 7, 2015: Another Haredi Synagogue Bans Owners Of "Non-Kosher" Cellphones From Prayer Roles
Comments: 56 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
While a small number of haredi rabbis object to these types of bans, the majority of haredi rabbinic leadership has backed ever-increasing restrictions and bans on use of technology like smartphones, because those technologies allow haredim to access forbidden information,...

June 5, 2015: Equality and Human Rights Commission Says Belz Women Driving Ban Is Illegal
Comments: 15 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission has now told the Belz hasidic sect that its ban on women driving and its threat to expel from the sect's schools all the children of mothers who violate it is illegal. The Guardian...

June 4, 2015: Belz Hasidim Allegedly Retract Women's Driving Ban, But Likely Really Didn't
Comments: 14 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
“The school believes that women have a choice about whether they want to drive or not, and our policy is to accept all children who are members of our community, which we have been doing for the last 40 years.”...

June 2, 2015: Belz School That Bans Women From Driving Applies For Government Funding
Comments: 25 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
One of the Belz hasidic schools in London which banned women from driving and threatened to expel the children of women who violated the ban from all Bez schools recently applied for “voluntary aided” status from the government – meaning...

June 1, 2015: Hasidic Group Apologizes For Women Driving Ban’s Language But Says Ban Justified
Comments: 30 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
Belz is “proud of what we stand for and we do not feel the need to excuse ourselves for our deeply held beliefs [i.e., the ban] and staunchly maintained way of life. It has withstood the test of time and...

June 1, 2015: UK Equality and Human Rights Commission Says Rabbinic Punishment For Violating Belz Women’s Driving Ban “Unlawful”
Comments: 18 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
The UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission says it is “unlawful” for haredi schools to expel students if their mothers defy rabbinic bans and drive them to school. UK Equality and Human Rights Commission Says Belz Women’s Driving Ban “Unlawful”...

May 31, 2015: Sadigura Rebbe To Hasidim: Immediately Stop Using WhatsApp And Other Social Media
Comments: 31 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel
The Sadigura Rebbe lashed out at WhatsApp and other social media, saying what the apps are used for is nothing more “gossip and wasting time that should otherwise be used for Torah study.” Above: The Sadigura Rebbe Rabbi Yisroel Moshe...

May 31, 2015: London Haredi Girls School Forces Parents To Prove They Follow Strictist Haredi Code Of Ethos
Comments: 29 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
"…A copy of the Chareidi Ethos is attached to this form . Confirmation of Chareidi Status will only be endorsed when the Ethos is signed by Parent / Guardian and countersigned by the Rabbinate of The Union of Orthodox Hebrew...

May 29, 2015: Krasna Yeshiva Bans Stylish Modern Eyeglasses
Comments: 27 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim
The Krasna Yeshiva bans stylish modern eyeglasses – like, for example, the hipster favorites, Woody Allen-inspired, kind at right – joining bans on similar eyeglasses by Satmar, Skvere, Pupa and other hasidic groups. Please click to enlarge: Related Posts: Lots...

May 29, 2015: British Government Lashes Out At Hasidic Sect’s Ban On Women Driving, Could Defund Sect Schools
Comments: 31 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
"This is completely unacceptable in modern Britain. If schools do not actively promote the principle of respect for other people they are breaching the independent school standards. Where we are made aware of such breaches we will investigate and take...

May 29, 2015: The Battle For God: The Rise Of Modern Fundamentalism
Comments: 18 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
Essentially all modern religions have a small subset of fundamentalists, and Karen Armstrong argues that these all come about as a reaction against the rapid modernization of the modern world, and the many crises inherent in that modernization. An even...

May 28, 2015: More News On The Belz Hasidic Women's Driving Ban
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
The ban on women driving and the threat to expel all children of mothers who violate it from Belz hasidic schools in London, England published here last week became big news in England today, with British media comparing the hasidic...

May 27, 2015: Ami, Mishpacha and Binah Magazines Banned By Williamsburg Hasidic Rabbis
Comments: 45 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Media & Media Criticism
A new purported ban on Ami, Mishpacha and Binah magazines signed by many leading hasidic rabbis in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Please click to enlarge:

May 26, 2015: Vizhnitzer Rebbe: WhatsApp Destroys Families, Should Never be Used
Comments: 16 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
“The family is destroyed not just because of an iPhone but due to the use of these programs, WhatsApp and Telegram,” the Vizhnitzer Rebbe reportedly said as he told his hasidim not to use them ever again. Above: The Vizhnitzer...

May 21, 2015: Where's Miri? Shas Party Newspaper Removes All Female Cabinet Ministers From Official Government Photo
Comments: 28 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Actually, a newspaper affiliated with the Sefardi haredi Shas Party, photoshopped an offical photo of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's entire new cabinet to entirely remove its three female members – including the new minister in charge of gender equality....

May 19, 2015: Belz Hasidic Leadership In London Reiterates Ban On Women Driving, Threatens To Expel Children From Belz Schools If Their Mothers Drive
Comments: 39 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
In a letter sent to parents yesterday, Belz rabbinic leadership in London, England reiterated its previous ban on Belz women driving cars and added an ominous warning to hasidim – we'll expel your children from our schools if you don't...

May 18, 2015: London Haredi School Issues New Regulations Regarding Internet Use, Technology
Comments: 41 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
The haredi Yesodey HaTorah school in the Stamford Hill neighborhood of London has issued new rules for its students regarding technology and the Internet. Please click to enlarge:

May 4, 2015: Haredi Help Wanted: Internet Mashgiach
Comments: 11 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Web/Tech
A man seeks fellow haredim to say Psalms and learn Torah out loud next to him as he uses the Internet for his business. This is similar to the ad we posted in January. Please click to enlarge: Related Post:...

April 29, 2015: A Statement by Masorti/Conservative Jewish Leaders To the Cancellation of Bar and Bat Mitzvah Ceremony For Children with Disabilities in Rehovot, Israel
Comments: 21 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
"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...

April 24, 2015: Satmar Yeshiva Bans 2-Wheel Bikes
Comments: 44 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim
United Talmudical Academy "Torah V'Yirah" bans 2-wheel bikes. Please click to enlarge:

April 21, 2015: Belz Bans WhatsApp
Comments: 21 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
The Belz hasidic sect in Israel has banned the popular WhatsApp mobile messaging app. Please click to enlarge: [Hat Tip: The Lion.]

April 20, 2015: Jewish Leaders Want NY State To Ban MMA Over Gulf State's Partial Ownership
Comments: 17 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Israel , Jewish Leadership , Sports
A group of Jewish leaders wrote a letter addressed to “friends of the Jewish community.” The letter will be sent to New York State lawmakers and will be published as an ad in Jewish publications. The letter notes that the...

April 19, 2015: Satmar Yeshiva Bans Short Sleeve Shirts For All Boys Grade 3 And Older
Comments: 95 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim
A Satmar yeshiva has banned boys beginning in Grade 3 from wearing short sleeve shirts.

April 16, 2015: "Immodest" Lane Bryant Subway Ads Scheduled To Run For 3 Weeks, MTA Says, Rejecting Haredi Call For A Ban
Comments: 22 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Haredi New York City Councilman David Greenfield asked the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to remove Lane Bryant’s seminal #ImNoAngel ads from subway lines (the F train) that in part travel through the haredi neighborhoods of Borough Park and Midwood. The...

April 14, 2015: Haredim Want NYC Subways To Censor Lane Bryant Ad Meant To Empower Women
Comments: 40 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Haredi New York City Councilman David Greenfield has reportedly asked the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to remove Lane Bryant’s seminal #ImNoAngel ads from subway lines that travel through the haredi neighborhoods of Borough Park and Midwood. Above: David Greenfield Haredim...

April 6, 2015: Israeli City Bars Jews With Hametz From Entering Public Park
Comments: 69 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
A Tel Aviv family tried to enter a public park in the nearby city of Afula on Saturday, the first day of Passover. A city-funded security guard checked their bags for weapons and explosives, as is common in Israel –...

April 5, 2015: Haredi Father Of 7 Kids Killed In Horrific Brooklyn House Fire Says The Lesson To Be Learned From The Fire – Which Was Caused By A Shabbat Hotplate – Is…Jews Should Not Use The Internet Or Cellphones
Comments: 94 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim , Web/Tech
"…Our generation is tested with many types of trials, but the greatest of which, as declared by our great leaders to be the greatest trial that ever existed since the beginning of time, the trial of technology and the internet....

March 29, 2015: Haredi Modesty Squad Mashgiach Bans Ad Showing 2-Year-Old Girl’s Clothed Ankles And Feet
Comments: 44 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Two local haredi newspapers in the Israeli town of Beit Shemesh refused to publish an ad for a stocking shop that showed the shod feet and clothed ankles and shins of a two-year-old girl. Above and below: the banned ad...

February 27, 2015: Israel Medical Association Billboard Banned In Jerusalem Because Of Haredi Objections To Photo – Of Elderly Woman
Comments: 10 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
The Deal Tov billboard company refused to publish the billboards, which included a photo of an elderly women, reportedly telling the IMA that the Jerusalem Municipality bans the publication of women's pictures on billboards and posters in “a haredi area"...

February 18, 2015: Lipa Schmeltzer Explains Why He Decided To Get Married – And Why He Later Decided To Go To College Without Permission From His Rabbis
Comments: 34 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Music
“When it was time to get married, it was an arranged marriage, took twenty minutes to meet my wife,” he explained. “I had no idea what marriage was all about. All I wanted was a car, and you couldn’t drive...

February 12, 2015: Haredi Matzoh Bakery Threatens To Fire, Fine Any Workers Who Have Smartphones
Comments: 11 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
Get caught with a "non-kosher" smartphone or cellphone and your job baking high-end Passover matzoh may be over. Haredi Matzoh Bakery Threatens To Fire, Fine Any Workers Who Have Smartphones Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Many haredi yeshiva students make extra...

February 1, 2015: Israeli Chief Rabbi Proudly Destroys Smartphone Of Unwilling Yeshiva Student
Comments: 13 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim , Web/Tech
Israel’s Sefardi haredi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef lashed out at smartphones Saturday night and told a story about personally destroying an unwilling yeshiva student’s smartphone. Above: Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef Israeli Chief Rabbi Proudly Destroys Smartphone Of Unwilling Yeshiva Student Shmarya...

January 19, 2015: Internet Mashgiachs Wanted
Comments: 48 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
Haredi classified ad for two Internet mashgiachs - men paid to sit in a person's office to help make sure that person does not use his Internet access for pornography or other forbidden things like blogs. Presumably the half hour...

January 16, 2015: They Banned The Internet But Now Have An Official Website
Comments: 9 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
Many of Agudath Israel's top rabbis banned the Internet, smartphones and home computers (some allow these but only for very restricted use by adults who have pressing business needs, and only when haredi-rabbi-approved modesty filers are installed). But now for...

January 12, 2015: Haredi Newspaper Censors Female World Leaders From Iconic Paris Unity March Photo
Comments: 43 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Media & Media Criticism , Women & Judaism
The Israeli haredi daily HaMevasser photoshopped an iconic photo of yesterday's Paris unity march, removing female world leaders from the photograph. Walla! News was the first to detect and report the photoshopping. Mediaite then picked up the Walla! story. All...

January 2, 2015: Video: Hasidim Protest Outside Verizon Store In Satmar Hasidic Village
Comments: 30 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
Members of a local modesty squad protest outside a Verizon Wireless store in the upstate New York Satmar hasidic Village of Kiryas Joel. Why? Cellphones destroy children and ruin their Yiddishe neshamas (Jewish souls).

December 12, 2014: Haredi Publisher Artscroll Censors Bible Commentary Of Leading Medieval Rabbi
Comments: 29 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Books , Haredim
Rashbam (Troyes, France c. 1085 CE to c. 1158 CE), Rashi's grandson, was a major Rishon (medieval rabbi). But he wrote some things his Torah commentary that the haredi censors at Artscroll (Mesorah Publications) didn't like. So Artscroll did something...

December 11, 2014: Ashkenazi Haredi Community Allegedly Harasses, Bullies Sefardi Family, Forces Them To Flee City
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
The Ashkenazi haredi grammar school Talmud Torah Zichron Gavriel in Zichron Yaakov reopened Wednesday – but without the two Sefardi boys who had earlier been denied admission and then, once finally admitted, were harassed and bullied. The absence of the...

November 23, 2014: "iSof" – The Biblical Villain Esav –Equals The iPhone, Haredi Paskvil Says
Comments: 22 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
"iSof" – i.e., Esav or (Esau), the biblical villain who, according to rabbinic texts hated his brother Yitzhak (Isaac) – is equivalent to the (evil) iPhone, haredi poster says. Originally published at 11:06 pm CST 11-22-2014 Odd timing, when a...

November 22, 2014: Haredi Synagogue Hit By Terror Attack Had Cellphone-Blocking Device, Slowing Down Police Response
Comments: 47 | Categories: Antisemitism , Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Terrorism , Web/Tech
A reason it took police so long to respond to the attack – 11 minutes, by some accounts – and likely a reason the death toll was as high as it was is because haredi rabbis had installed a device...

November 15, 2014: Kiryas Joel Journal Blots Out Faces Of 'Evil' Non-Jewish Cops
Comments: 27 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Extreme Sniut , Haredim
The photo was taken at a press conference and the faces and names of these law enforcement officers are publicly known. But the Satmar hasidic Kiryas Joel Journal, Kiryas Joel's Yiddish-language newspaper, blotted out their faces yesterday, apparently so hasidim...

November 3, 2014: Hasidic Modesty Squad Warns Hasidim To Stay Inside During The "Dirty" Marathon
Comments: 40 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
A hasidic modesty squad in Williamsburg, Brooklyn warned hasidim to stay inside during the "dirty" New York Marathon this past weekend so they would not see 'impure' 'immodestly dressed' 'dirty' runners. Please click to enlarge:

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